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IDEA Course Evaluation Resources

IDEA Course Evaluation Resources

Students: access your course evaluations here if you came here by mistake.

Online vs. Paper (In-Class) Methods

The course evaluations may take place online or in-class. The online evaluations are delivered to students via their RaiderNet email account for about two weeks. The paper evaluations are administered in-class.

Sample Paper Forms

Beginning the Course Evaluation Process

Decide on Essential and Important Course Objectives for Each Class Section

The IDEA system judges the effectiveness of teaching by its impact on students. Its chief indicators of effectiveness are derived by answering one question: Do students make progress in achieving objectives selected by the instructor?

Complete the Faculty Information Form (FIF)

The course objectives are entered onto the FIF. If you are using the online method, you will reveive a FIF link through email. If paper method, you will receive a paper FIF from your division. However, if your academic discipline has standardized your objectives, these will be pre-bubbled and you will not receive a FIF.

Adding Your Own Questions to the Evaluation

The IDEA Center has provided examples of additional evaluation questions that instructors teaching online courses may choose to include on their course evaluations (some of these apply to traditional courses as well). In addition, the Course Evaluation Committee at Roane State created a bank of possible questions for online courses that web instructors might consider adding.

If the evaluations are taking place online, you can add them when you receive the FIF emails, and your students will get them automatically. They must be added before the student evaluation period begins.

During the Course Evaluations

How do students complete the evaluation?

If the evaluations take place online, your students will receive an email for each course in the RaiderNet email accounts. (Not Momentum or any other account.) If they don't complete it, they'll get email reminders every three days until the administration period is over. That's a good thing since many times students will delete their first email or their mailbox was full.

If the evaluations take place in-class, see the instructions on the back of the packet you'll receive.

About Response Rates (Online Evaluation Method Only)

In order for course evaluation results to be useful, the response rate needs to be at an adequate level. There is no rule for what response rate is good or bad. The higher the rate, the more likely the results are representative of your class.

An announcement in at least one class period is the #1 factor in increasing response rates. Students are reluctant to respond to evaluation emails unless they hear about it from you first. You’ll receive periodic status reports via email so you can see how many students have responded.

After Course Evaluations

This section explains how to interpret the results you receive after your course is over.

Understanding Your Results

Using Your Results

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