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Allotting Class Time For Online Teaching Evaluations

Message from Dan Heiser about allotting class time for online teaching evaluations:

As you finalize your syllabi for the Fall quarter, you should consider including a paragraph covering the course’s online teaching evaluations, including potentially setting aside time in your schedule for students to use their mobile phones to complete the evaluations during scheduled class time. Here is the Faculty Council approved guidance on the topic:

“Instructors teaching face-to-face classes may allow students to perform course evaluations during class time, at any moment throughout the designated evaluation period, or instructors may choose to let students complete evaluations on their own time, outside of class. An instructor who chooses to allow evaluations to take place during class time should:

  • Communicate in advance to students the day in which evaluations will be conducted, in order to allow students to plan for access to a mobile device. Ideally this information should be contained in the course syllabus;
  • Allow sufficient time to complete the evaluation;
  • Leave the room while students are completing the evaluations, in order to protect anonymity;
  • Encourage students without a mobile device to find a publicly available DePaul computer to complete the evaluations at the same time as their peers

In the interest of eliminating potential bias in the results, instructors should not offer incentives of any kind to students for completing the evaluations.

Your cooperation in allowing students in face-to-face courses to fill out evaluations in class will help provide more complete feedback to you and your academic unit.”

The operating assumption is that your response rates (and measurement accuracy) will increase if you allow students class time to complete the online teaching evaluations.
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