Get a Jump on Course Evaluations

March 24, 2021 Pete Cassidy

It’s never too early to prepare for end-of-course evaluations. The sooner you start, the more time you have to refine and make improvements! These reminders will help you set up flawless evaluations.

Don’t start from scratch!

Copy last semester’s evaluation projects to save time on setup. Most standard settings (including communications, reporting setup, surveys, and project properties) can be templatized so you don’t need to start over each term. This can be especially helpful for longitudinal reporting – by using the same survey structure each semester, it’s easy to spot trends over time.

Sync your data

Course Evaluations & Surveys (formerly EvaluationKIT)’s ability to seamlessly integrate with your LMS not only helps boost response rates but also makes it easy for you to pull key dates, course information, and user data into your evaluation project. Be sure to resync your data before importing courses for your new term so you’re working with the most recent information for your evaluations.

Mind the calendar

Double-check that communications and other date-driven events correspond to the correct start and end dates for each course. You don’t want students in a 16-week course to get their final evaluation midway through the semester, so if you have a variety of course lengths, set up dates at the course level. If all courses follow the same timeline, project-level or fixed dates often work well.

Review your project

Take a pass through your communications and dates to make sure everything aligns with the current semester. Make sure all courses are listed, align with the right hierarchy levels, and enrollment numbers are accurate. And don’t forget to remind administrators and instructors to make sure their custom questions are set up and ready to go!

Try something new

With all of the changes your campus has gone through, now could be the right time to expand your surveys. And if you’re planning ahead, you have ample time to adjust your evaluations. Consider:

  • Allowing instructors or administrators to create custom questions
  • Creating targeted surveys that include specific questions for colleges or departments
  • Sending general surveys to gather feedback beyond the classroom, for anything from campus parking to your institution’s COVID response

Save yourself time at the end of the term by planning ahead. And if you’re struggling with an overly complicated or paper-based course evaluation process, Watermark can help.

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