Students

Students continue to be an important part of this program and have always had access to quantitative results.  It provides an opportunity to reflect on what they’ve learned, and their responses feed into a resource to aide future students in course selection.

 

FAQ's

Are my answers confidential? I plan on taking more classes from this instructor.

Yes. When your feedback is submitted, any identification is removed from your responses

Help! I accidentally gave incorrect feedback. How do I reset it?

Please email scf@ctle.utah.edu immediately. Provide your uNID and the course you need us to reset

I filled out the surveys, but I still can't see my grades. Why?

Check the Academic Calendar for the Grades Available date. Only some instructors post their grades early for students and do not have to post grades until the grade available date.

How is my feedback used?

Student course feedback is important because it helps instructors improve their teaching, and accurate information helps other students to select effective instructors for their course of study. Most departments use this information in retention, promotion and tenure decisions for faculty.


Student Guidelines for Course Feedback

Please keep in mind the following when completing your survey

Although your personal identification is not linked to your responses, course evaluations are important, formal documents.

The results are read not only by the instructor, but also by department chairs, deans and vice presidents. They become part of the instructor’s permanent file and are used in determining whether the instructor should be retained, promoted, or given tenure at the university. They may also be used in granting teaching awards and are often read by various committees. Students should only complete their surveys after serious contemplation of the course, the instructor, and the student’s own performance and commitment to learning.

Treat your evaluation like an instructor should treat your grade.

Students often ask instructors to write letters of recommendation or serve as references for employment, scholarships, and graduate programs. Students expect their instructors to objectively evaluate their abilities and take the time to write a letter reflective of their abilities. Course evaluations are similar in that they affect the instructor’s career and opportunities and instructors trust students to evaluate them fairly. Course evaluations resemble grades: students expect instructors to evaluate thoroughly the students’ work over the course of the semester and to be able to support the assigned grade using the students’ work. Likewise, instructors expect students to evaluate their courses over the entire semester and be able to support their judgments with specific examples.

Some simple guidelines:

  • DO give the instructor credit for the good aspects of the course. This includes the overall course organization, reading selection, assignments, syllabus, lectures or activities, comments on papers, willingness to meet with students outside of class, or concern for students. Comment on an effective class session, reading or assignment.
  • DO make your comments constructive. Instructors are often interested in improving their courses and sometimes try different approaches which may or may not work. Give specific suggestions as to how the course could be improved (e.g., more timely return of assignments, assignments spread out more over the course of the semester, more group work, another possible text, a helpful article or video).
  • DON'T make emotional or “knee-jerk” statements, such as “This course stinks!” If the course material was not interesting to you, if the instructor seemed unfair, if the students in the class seemed uninspired, write these comments and give examples to illustrate what went wrong. Make clear what efforts you made to try to improve the learning process for everyone involved.
  • DON'T comment on the instructor’s physical appearance. Focus on items directly related to learning. If an instructor has a distracting or nervous habit, or speaks too softly, he or she will want to know.

Instructors appreciate student comments, so please take the time to fill out course surveys. It shows concern when you take the time carefully to evaluate the course and your own learning.

Source: Professors Ann Engar and Carolan Ownby

Student Accesible Reports

Note: You must be logged into CIS to view reports. Please sign into CIS before beginning.

 

1. Go to the Class Catalog & Schedules page. Select a semester.

2. Select the department.

3. Find a course you want to view feedback. Locate the View Feedback column.

4.If feedback is available to view, there will be a hyperlink that says View. Click on it to review the feedback given to the instructor by students in a previous semester.

View Feedback column

Not all courses have feedback available (red arrow), this is due to the instructor not having taught the course before or the feedback is more than two years old. Feedback older than two years is not available from the class schedule.

How to interpret the Course Feedback Reports

Course feedback data is based on student responses to a standard set of items which are presented to students at the end of their class experience. Each item is a statement about the course or instructor (for example, "The instructor was organized"), and the students respond with their level of agreement with that statement (i.e, "Strongly Agree" to "Strongly Disagree").

These responses do not provide a direct measure of the teaching and learning process, but they do give a general idea about the course and its instructors. Poor responses may indicate any of several kinds of student concerns, such as poor teaching, instructor's personality traits, and/or difficulty and time commitments for the course.

Look carefully at how the results are displayed. Results show the percentage of students in each response category for a given item. Small differences are not likely to be reliable; thus a few percentage point differences should be ignored. Also, responses are particularly unreliable if they are based on a small number of responders.

What information does the graph display?

The graphs display the student course feedback (previously called student course evaluations) results for course and instructor questions for a semester. Each graph contains the questions on the horizontal axis and the responses (strongly agree to strongly disagree) on the vertical axis. Results are displayed for the individual course, all courses evaluated in a subject area, and all courses evaluated at the University of Utah.

What do the different colors on the graph represent?

 

The red bar represents the average response for each question for the individual course.

 

The green bar represents the average response for each question for all courses evaluated in a subject area.

 

The blue bar represents the average response for each question for all courses evaluated at the University of Utah.

What information is included in the report?

The first section of the report contains course number, semester, course title, instructor and number of feedback forms submitted.

The second section contains the course results. The course graph displays results for the seven course questions. Course data is included below the graph and displays each course question with the percentage and count of each response for the course, subject and University.

The third section contains the instructor results. The instructor graph displays results for the seven instructor questions. Instructor data is included below the graph and displays each instructor question with the percentage and count of each response for the instructor, subject, and University. Some reports contain multiple instructor graphs and data if several instructors taught a course.

Where does the data for the report come from?

The data comes from student course feedback forms that students submit at the end of the semester through the University’s online system. Only courses that were set to evaluate will have data. Each department decides which courses/instructors are evaluated each semester.

Why don’t all the courses have a link to view student course feedback reports?

The student accessible report link is only available for courses that have student feedback for an instructor who taught the course for previous semester. There are several reasons the feedback column may not have a ‘view’ link: the instructor is teaching the course for the first time, class was not evaluated when the instructor taught the course, student course feedback reports are older than two years, or number of feedback forms submitted was less than 5.

Why can I view student course feedback results for a course on the class schedule sometimes and not others?

Students have to log into the Campus Information System (CIS) to view student accessible reports from the class schedule links. If you access the class schedule without logging into CIS first, you will be able to click on the ‘view’ link in the feedback column but you will receive an error to log into CIS to see the report.

Why aren’t written comments on the reports?

Written comments from student course feedback is not available to students at this time. Only quantitative data is available through the student accessible reports.

How can I view results from previous semesters?

If you would like to view additional reports from previous semesters, please click on the ‘feedback’ link at the top of column in the class schedule. You will then need to click on a semester then subject to retrieve the list of courses and instructors that have student feedback reports. To view a report, click on the course number. You will need to repeat this process for each semester, course, and instructor you would like to view. You can also access student accessible results through the ‘Student Course Feedback Results’ in the Registration table in CIS.  

Who should I contact if I have additional questions?

Please contact student course feedback at scf@ctle.utah.edu or call (801) 585-1976.

Last Updated: 5/16/19