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IDEA Course Evaluation Resources for Faculty

IDEA Course Evaluation Resources for Faculty

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With the IDEA Learning Essentials Instrument, students rate how much progress they made on learning objectives that you have chosen as relevant to your course. These are broad learning objectives that cover all the specific learning outcomes you might have in a course.

Your individual course reports will provide detailed data from student feedback, and it also consolidates and analyzes the data to provide you with ways to reflect on, and improve, the instruction and student learning in your course through several components.
(from An Introduction to Student Ratings of Instruction, The IDEA Center)

What's Changing for Fall 2019

The IDEA Center discontinued the paper method of course evaluations early 2019.

For Fall 2019, all course evaluations will take place online through The IDEA Center's new platform partner, Campus Labs.

Beginning the Course Evaluation Process

Decide on Essential and Important Course Objectives for Each Class Section

IDEA's Learning Essentials instrument provides summative feedback about average student progress on relevant learning objectives and overall impressions of the instructor and course. These student learning objectives are chosen at the beginning of the process.

The selection of relevant course objectives is an essential part of the IDEA Student Ratings of Instruction system. Objectives you mark as "essential" are double-weighted in the Progress on Relevant Objectives (PRO) score, and "important" objectives are single-weighted. Objectives marked as "minor/not relevant" are not used at all in the PRO score.

Complete the Objectives Selection Form (OSF) (formerly called FIF)

The student learning objectives are entered onto the Objectives Selection Form (OSF). You will receive a link to these through email. In the past there was one email per course; now it is one email for all courses. If your academic discipline has standardized your objectives, the student learning objectives will be pre-selected.

Adding Your Own Questions to the Evaluation

Instructors may choose to include additional questions to the course evaluation. In addition, the Course Evaluation Committee at Roane State created a bank of possible questions for online courses that web instructors might consider adding.

Any additional questions must be added before the student evaluation period begins.

During the Course Evaluations

How do students complete the evaluation?

Students will receive emails in their RaiderNet email accounts. (Not Momentum email or any other account.)

Students now have other methods to access the course evaluations. They may follow this link [to be provided soon] to access all of their active course evaluations.

Once students are logged in, they will see a list of current and upcoming course evaluations to be completed. Clicking on a course starts their rating of your course. Once they are in the instrument, it is a simple matter of selecting ratings for the items presented.

Students can access the instrument through desktop computers, tablets or mobile devices.

About Response Rates

In order for course evaluation results to be useful, the response rate needs to be at an adequate level. There is no exact 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 top factor in increasing response rates. Students are reluctant to respond to evaluation emails unless they hear about it from you first. You’ll be able to log into your faculty portal at any time to see how many students have responded.

After Course Evaluations

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

Important Video: Moving from Paper Reports to Online Reports

Understanding Your Results

Using Your Results

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