# University of Vermont

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### Online Course Evaluations

The School’s electronic evaluation form asks students to provide feedback on aspects of the course ranging from how effectively visual aids are used to the relationship of course content to other courses in the business curriculum. The primary goal of the instrument is to supply useful diagnostic feedback to instructors to truly improve teaching effectiveness and enhance student satisfaction with the classroom experience.

1. The on-line course evaluation questionnaire is divided into four parts: Part A: 22 questions about the learning process in the course; Part B: 4 questions on the instructor’s patience, interest, fairness and enthusiasm; Part C: 2 general questions about the course; and Part D: open spaces for comments about the course. For each class surveyed, instructors receive the following:

• the distribution of responses across the 5-point rating scale
• the mean score on each question
• the percentage of 4’s and 5’s on each question
• the open-ended responses

In order to have comparison data for promotion and tenure cases, the mean response to each one of a subset of questions from the on-line form is computed, and the mean score of each instructor for each course is compared to the overall mean, to obtain an “index of comparison.” Questions 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 12, and 13 (listed below) constitute the subset of questions used for comparison purposes.

3. Provides useful feedback on written work.

4. Provides timely feedback on written work.

5. Clearly specifies the responsibilities of the students.

6. Makes clear the relations between reading and lecture material.

8. Assigns homework that requires thinking beyond rote memory or finding the answer in a textbook.

12. Respects students, does not denigrate or use "put-downs" if an answer is incorrect or not forthcoming.

13. Presents material in a clear, organized, and logical manner.

To illustrate, consider Question #3, “Provides useful feedback on written work.” If, hypothetically, the mean score on this question across all faculty and all courses is 3.2, and the mean for Instructor “Smith’s” BSAD XXX course is 3.9, then the index of comparison is 3.9/3.2 = 1.219, or approximately 121.9%. Thus, any index score above 1.0 (i.e., 100%) represents a higher-than-average value on that question for the instructor, compared to the global (School) average.

Online Course Evaluations Instrument

PART A: Please indicate your level of agreement or disagreement with the following statements:

1. Seeks feedback from students concerning the effectiveness of the class.

o Strongly Disagree

o Disagree

o Neither Agree nor Disagree

o Agree

o Strongly Agree

2. Identifies the main points that are covered in each class.

o Strongly Disagree

o Disagree

o Neither Agree nor Disagree

o Agree

o Strongly Agree

3. Provides useful feedback on written work.

o Strongly Disagree

o Disagree

o Neither Agree nor Disagree

o Agree

o Strongly Agree

4. Provides timely feedback on written work.

o Strongly Disagree

o Disagree

o Neither Agree nor Disagree

o Agree

o Strongly Agree

5. Clearly specifies the responsibilities of the students.

o Strongly Disagree

o Disagree

o Neither Agree nor Disagree

o Agree

o Strongly Agree

6. Makes clear the relations between reading and lecture material.

o Strongly Disagree

o Disagree

o Neither Agree nor Disagree

o Agree

o Strongly Agree

7. Relates course content to other courses in the business curriculum.

o Strongly Disagree

o Disagree

o Neither Agree nor Disagree

o Agree

o Strongly Agree

8. Assigns homework that requires thinking beyond rote memory or finding the answer in a textbook.

o Strongly Disagree

o Disagree

o Neither Agree nor Disagree

o Agree

o Strongly Agree

9. Illustrates concepts with practical or "real life" examples.

o Strongly Disagree

o Disagree

o Neither Agree nor Disagree

o Agree

o Strongly Agree

10. Attempts to elicit participation from all members of the class.

o Strongly Disagree

o Disagree

o Neither Agree nor Disagree

o Agree

o Strongly Agree

11. Effectively uses visual aids in the classroom.

o Strongly Disagree

o Disagree

o Neither Agree nor Disagree

o Agree

o Strongly Agree

12. Respects students, does not denigrate or use "put-downs" if an answer is incorrect or not forthcoming.

o Strongly Disagree

o Disagree

o Neither Agree nor Disagree

o Agree

o Strongly Agree

13. Presents material in a clear, organized, and logical manner.

o Strongly Disagree

o Disagree

o Neither Agree nor Disagree

o Agree

o Strongly Agree

14. Relates course material to possible career choices.

o Strongly Disagree

o Disagree

o Neither Agree nor Disagree

o Agree

o Strongly Agree

15. This course has assignments that required applying lecture and text material.

o Strongly Disagree

o Disagree

o Neither Agree nor Disagree

o Agree

o Strongly Agree

16. This course has assignments which stimulated interest in the course material.

o Strongly Disagree

o Disagree

o Neither Agree nor Disagree

o Agree

o Strongly Agree

17. This course has increased my capacity for analytical thinking.

o Strongly Disagree

o Disagree

o Neither Agree nor Disagree

o Agree

o Strongly Agree

18. This course has helped develop my leadership skills.

o Strongly Disagree

o Disagree

o Neither Agree nor Disagree

o Agree

o Strongly Agree

19. This course has improved my ability to work in teams.

o Strongly Disagree

o Disagree

o Neither Agree nor Disagree

o Agree

o Strongly Agree

20. This course has helped me improve my written communication skills.

o Strongly Disagree

o Disagree

o Neither Agree nor Disagree

o Agree

o Strongly Agree

21. This course has helped me improve my oral communication skills.

o Strongly Disagree

o Disagree

o Neither Agree nor Disagree

o Agree

o Strongly Agree

22. This course has helped me use information technology more effectively.

o Strongly Disagree

o Disagree

o Neither Agree nor Disagree

o Agree

o Strongly Agree

PART B:

23. Please indicate on the seven-point scale below which of the adjectives best describe the instructor: On a scale of 1 to 7, which adjective best describes the instructor.

o Patient

o

o

o

o

o

o Impatient

24. On a scale of 1 to 7, which adjective best describes the instructor.

o Interesting

o

o

o

o

o

o

o Dull

25. On a scale of 1 to 7, which adjective best describes the instructor.

o Fair

o

o

o

o

o

o

o Unfair

26. On a scale of 1 to 7, which adjective best describes the instructor.

o Enthusiastic

o

o

o

o

o

o

o Indifferent

PART C:

27. Please indicate your level of agreement or disagreement with the following statement: This course was a worthwhile experience.

o Strongly Disagree

o Disagree

o Neither Agree nor Disagree

o Agree

o Strongly Agree

28. Please indicate your level of agreement or disagreement with the following statement: The material taught in this course duplicates material in other courses.

o Strongly Disagree

o Disagree

o Neither Agree nor Disagree

o Agree

o Strongly Agree

NARRATIVE QUESTIONS:

29. If you agreed with #28, which courses?

30. If you agreed with #28, please estimate the percentage of redundancy:

31. The best aspects of this course are:

32. The worst aspects of this course are:

33. This course could be improved by: