e-Learning and Instructional Support

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Rochester, MI 48309-4479
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Office: (248) 805-1625

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Course Evaluations

e-LIS oversees the course evaluation programs for the following academic areas:

Course Evaluation Information for Faculty:
School of Engineering-Faculty
School of Nursing-Faculty
School of Business-Faculty
General Evaluations-Faculty (School of Health Sciences, School of Education and Human Services and College of Arts and Sciences)

Course Evaluation Information for Students:
School of Engineering-Student
School of Nursing-Student
School of Business-Student
General Evaluations-Student (School of Health Sciences, School of Education and Human Services and College of Arts and Sciences)

General Information on Course Evaluations

Header Sheet Order Form
Scantron Header Sheets for course evaluations can be ordered by logging into the e-LIS Portal and completing the Scantron Eval Header Sheet form.

Evaluation Availability Windows
All systems except for the Scantron system require students to complete their evaluations online. These evaluations are generally available to students for the last two-three weeks of the course, excluding finals week. The exact window may be different from system to system and course to course, depending on the course length (shorter courses will have a shorter availability window).

Automated Reminders
Automated reminders are sent to students and faculty from each system (except for the Scantron system). Students will get a reminder (sent to their @oakland.edu email addresses) at each of the following checkpoints:

  1. When the evaluation opens
  2. Halfway through the evaluation period
  3. Two days before the evaluation closes

Students will only receive reminders for courses they haven't already completed evaluations for.

Faculty members will receive an email when the evaluation opens. This email has some information in it like where to direct students to complete their evals, the availability dates, and a link to the faculty side of the the system(s).

Improving Your Response Rate

The following strategies have all been employed by faculty who regularly receive a response rate of over 75%. While e-LIS does not advocate one strategy over another, we do recommend that you personally reach out to students, explain why course evaluations are important, and continually ask for their participation over several weeks. Do not solely rely on the automated emails, as these are often ignored by students.

  • Faculty reminded students to complete their evaluations over several class periods.
  • Faculty showed students a graph of how many students had completed their evals over time (several weeks).
  • Faculty explained why completing course evals is important (they are used in faculty review and to improve courses and programs).
  • Faculty set aside time in the last class session for students to use laptops and other technology for filling out their evals.
  • Faculty made the evaluation part of a final assignment in Moodle - no credit was given, but students did it anyway out of habit.
  • Faculty posted a prominent link to the course eval site in their Moodle course.
  • The submission of the course evaluation was considered part of a general participation grade.
  • Extra credit points were given to students who completed the evaluations.
  • Extra credit points were given to the entire class when the total response rate crossed a specified percentage.
  • Extra credit points were given to the entire class if the total response rate reached 100%.
  • Other incentive (usually food) provided during the last class if a certain percentage of the class had responded by that date.

All course evaluation systems are anonymous, and no teacher ever has the ability to associate a specific set of responses to a specific student. Some systems, however, do allow the teacher to see the names of the students who have submitted evals, after a specific threshold has been crossed (usually, 5 students). This threshold exists to preserve student anonymity. While the teacher can see the student names, there is no way for the teacher to associate these to a specific set of responses, nor can they even see the responses until after final grades have been turned in. This functionality exists so that teachers who choose to use the extra credit incentive can see which students have completed the evaluation.