Information for Faculty:
After rigorous review of evidence-based practices in student evaluation processes, the Teaching Effectiveness Committee has revised the AU eValuate questions in Fall 2017 to provide more meaningful feedback to faculty on how to improve their teaching. The new University-wide questions are applicable to a range of teaching methodologies and align with Chickering & Gamson’s 7 Principles for Good Practice in Education.
The new university-wide questions are:
- I was encouraged to interact with the instructor regarding course content (electronically, during office hours, in class, etc.)
- I was provided opportunities to cooperate with other classmates about course material (electronically, inside or outside of class, etc.)
- I was informed of the instructor’s high expectations for my work in this course.
- I was provided with an evaluation of my academic progress at regular intervals during the semester.
- I was provided with ample opportunities to apply my learning in this course.
- I was prompted to think critically about course material.
- I was provided an environment that supported my learning.
Research indicates that the following steps help improve student response rate:
- Verbal reminders from you to complete the survey. Consider inviting students to complete the survey at the beginning or end of a class on their smartphone, tablet, or laptop (and absent yourself from the room).
- Reinforce the value of student feedback as a means of informing teaching improvement, and that students’ specific, actionable, and constructive comments are the most useful.
- Remind your students that faculty do not receive reports summarizing the evaluations until the semester has officially ended, and that all responses remain anonymous.
Your reminders are the most effective encouragement for students to complete all of their evaluations. When students know that you value their views, participation increases.