Course Evaluations Developed
Academic information services
has been working
on a program that allows departments to conduct course evaluations
online. The School of Nursing was the first to try out the program
last semester, and NMU is planning to expand this service to additional
departments on campus.
departments use bubble sheets to evaluate their courses, which are
scanned in and scored electronically. Clerical employees often have
to type in students’ comments, a manual process that could be avoided
with the new online method. It allows students to access their course
evaluation using a Web-based interface.
forms are created and linked to appropriate courses by the academic
department and the results are calculated electronically and sent
to the department head. The system also sends the comments, but
does not link any responses to specific students, thereby helping
to guarantee student anonymity.
most efficient in the sense that they are not using the bubble sheet,”
said Darlene Walch (AIS). “There is no transcription
for written comments.”
program is easy to use; it is similar to using Web-CT, Walch said.
However, the program doesn’t fit all departments due to several
way it’s currently designed, it may not offer the flexibility that
some departments need,” Walch said.
instance, the program doesn’t allow different instructors teaching
the same course—as in the case of EN 111, which has many sections
taught by different teachers—to change the evaluation questions
to suit a particular class. This is due to the fact that the program
can’t distinguish between course and section.
are trying to work toward using multiple forms,” Walch said.
has been in contact with the departments of political science and
criminal justice and is looking for other departments that can benefit
from course evaluations online.
this point we’re looking to migrate other departments, especially
those who rely on bubble sheets, when it’s appropriate for them,”