The New Course Feedback System EvaluationKIT
Why the new Teaching and Course Feedback form and online system?
As noted in the “Teaching Evaluation Task Force Report” (May, 2014), our current teaching evaluation instrument has been in place since the mid-1990’s and there have been concerns about validity (does the question accurately reflect what it’s intended to measure) and reliability (would the same results be collected if distributed at a different time?). Additionally, the costs of carrying out the current system (in paper, technology, and staff labor) are substantial and inconsistent with PLU’s commitment to sustainability. The new form was presented at the April 2016 Faculty Assembly, where it was discussed and approved for implementation beginning in summer, 2016.
Course Evaluation Process
Note: All course evaluation announcements/notifications will be communicated through e-mail. Each of the e-mails described in the process below will contain direct links to your EvaluationKIT homepage or “Instructor Dashboard”. Instructors can also access EvaluationKIT at any time by clicking on the EvaluationKIT login link located on this page.
Prior to Evaluation Period
- Two weeks prior to a course survey start date, Instructors will receive an email inviting them to create a custom survey to be attached to the Teaching and Course Evaluation form approved by the Faculty Assembly. This communication will include a custom-question creation timeframe and a link to EvaluationKIT where they can create and attach a survey for their course(s). No additional login is required. Please note that custom questions attached to a survey will be reviewed by Deans/Chairs.
- About one week prior to a course survey start date, Instructors will receive a Pre-Survey Announcement email to let them know their evaluations will soon be made available to their students. This notification will include their “table of courses” listing each of their courses to be evaluated as well as the start/end dates for each survey. Each Instructor is responsible for notifying the Provost Office if any of their course information is inaccurate or missing. If Instructors prefer to have their students complete their evaluations during class time, they are encouraged to communicate that information to their students at this time.
- Two days prior to the survey start date, Instructors will receive a second automated email notification letting them know that the survey will launch in 48 hours.
During Evaluation Period
Instructors will receive a “Response Rate” notification email every 2 days while their survey(s) is open.
After Evaluation Period Ends
Approximately 2 weeks after the evaluation period ends, Instructors will receive a “Results Notification Email” letting them know that feedback results are available for review. The link provided in this communication will give them access to their Instructor Dashboard and their reports. Please note that feedback will be available to the Instructors, Deans/Chairs after ALL final grades have been submitted to the Registrar’s Office for a given semester.