Office of the Provost

FAQ's - EvaluationKIT

Can I obtain mid-semester feedback with EvaluationKIT?

Yes, this is one of the advantages of the new system. Instructors will be able to “opt-in” by submitting a “Teaching and Course Feedback Opt-In Agreement” to the Office of the Provost.

Results will be made available ONLY to the instructor. Faculty opting-in will receive an announcement email prior to deploying the mid-semester evaluations with a link to the form. Note: The mid-semester opt-in will only be available for full-term courses.

Instructors are encouraged to consider obtaining mid-semester feedback. Our colleagues on the Teaching Evaluation Task Force (2013-14) reviewed the literature on best practices for measuring effective teaching, and learned that, “response rates for end of term evaluations increase when a mid-course evaluation is also administered.” Mid-semester feedback is consistent with the Task Force’s recommendation for formative assessment, as it “can foster our professional development as teachers, provide concrete opportunities for mentoring, and improve the learning experience for students while the course is still in session.”

Keep in mind, you may collect course feedback from students whenever and as often as you deem appropriate and useful. You do not need to use EvaluationKIT to collect mid-semester feedback, though you may find it easier to do so. Particularly during this transition to a new form and system, it may be worthwhile to familiarize yourself and your students with EvaluationKIT before the end of the course.

Can I add my own questions to the course feedback form? 

Yes, instructors can add custom questions to the standard Teaching and Course Feedback Form through the EvaluationKIT system. Two weeks prior to the launch of the feedback form, instructors will receive a “Pre-Survey Open Period” email. Instructors will have two weeks to submit custom questions that they want added to the feedback form. Deans and Chairs will be able to view these custom questions during the two weeks prior to the launch.

Tutorials are available by logging into the EvaluationKIT system.  Step-by-step instructions are available on the Provost Office website.

Once custom questions have been created, they will be saved within the EvaluationKIT system, so that instructors may reuse or revise them in the future.

How are team-taught courses evaluated?

Can I schedule when my students complete my course feedback form?

The links for the EvaluationKIT survey will be launched at one time for all classes in a given term. Instructors will receive an email 48 hours in advance of this launch, allowing them the option of discussing the process with students and notifying students that class time will be provided for completing the feedback form. As noted in the Faculty Handbook (Part VII. Other Policies, Section 3. Instructional Responsibilities and Course Procedures, G.1.a), “where possible, the teaching and course feedback form will be completed in class, with adequate time allowed by the instructor.”

If you want students to complete the feedback form in class, it is recommended that you: 1) give students advance notice that you have reserved class time for this purpose, 2) encourage them not to complete the forms prior to that time (even though they will be receiving system-generated reminders), 3) remind them to bring their own device (laptop, tablet, or smartphone) to class, unless you are able to have your class complete them in a computer lab, and 4) make sure that students have downloaded the appropriate app in advance, if they intend to complete the form using a smartphone or tablet.

iPhone Users: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/evaluationkit-mobile/id511463047?ls=1&mt=8
Android Users: https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=EvaluationKIT

I plan to have students complete the EvaluationKIT survey in class. How do I make this happen? What devices can students use?

If students have access to computers or laptops in class, they can complete the surveys by going into their email and clicking on the link provided. They will be taken directly to the EvaluationKIT website where they will see a list of their available surveys. No login is required.

If students do not have access to computers or laptops in class, they can complete the survey on both Android and iOS devices. They will need to download the appropriate app prior to completing course feedback this way. They can download the app using the links below, depending on their device:

iPhone Users: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/evaluationkit-mobile/id511463047?ls=1&mt=8
Android Users: https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=EvaluationKIT   

Note: Instructors are strongly encouraged to discuss the EvaluationKIT process with students prior to the launch of the feedback surveys, so that students are prepared and have the necessary devices and/or apps.

 

When will instructors and students learn that EvaluationKIT is available?

One week prior to the launch of EvaluationKIT, both instructors and students will receive a “Pre-Survey” announcement email with course tables and survey dates. Two days prior to the launch, instructors will receive an email reminder. Once the feedback form is available, students will receive reminders every 3 days (for a semester-long class and every day for a partial-term class) until they complete the survey. Instructors will receive email notification about the response rate every two days.

Instructors are encouraged to provide class time for completion of feedback forms. In order to make this run smoothly, it is recommended that you: 1) give students advance notice that you have reserved class time for this purpose, 2) encourage them not to complete the forms prior to that time (even though they will be receiving daily system-generated reminders), 3) remind them to bring their own device (laptop, tablet, or smartphone) to class, unless you are able to have your class complete them in a computer lab, and 4) make sure that students have downloaded the appropriate app in advance, if they intend to complete the form using a smartphone or tablet.

iPhone Users: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/evaluationkit-mobile/id511463047?ls=1&mt=8
Android Users: https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=EvaluationKIT

 

When will results be available?

Approximately two 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. Instructors may also access this information from the “Faculty” Instructor-Perspective page on the Provost Office Course Evaluations webpage:

https://www.plu.edu/provost/courseevaluations/faculty/

Feedback will be available to Instructors and Deans/Chairs after the deadline for submitting final grades for a given semester.

If you do not receive your notification email, please log into EvaluationKIT for your results.  If you are having trouble accessing EvaluationKIT, please email provost@plu.edu the next business day after the results have been released.

What will my evaluation results look like?  

Results will be available for each of your courses.  You can view your course results in three different formats: PDF – quantitative summary only, PDF – quantitative summary + student comments, and raw data (Excel format).

Understanding Your Course Evaluation Results

The results in the PDF summaries are organized by question not student. These are useful for reading all of the comments on a particular question and looking for trends. If you want to look at how an individual student responded across questions or you want to match up ratings and comments for individual students, refer to the Excel spreadsheet. Each row across shows the data from an individual student, including both ratings and comments.

When viewing your results in EvaluationKIT, you can customize reports to show individual courses or combine multiple courses in a batch report to view  Semester or academic year summaries.