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Online Course Evaluation FAQs for Faculty
 
*What are the questions on the evaluation?
*How do I print my evaluations?
*How and when do I create a custom question for my course evaluation?
*Can I edit or delete my question after I have entered it?
*Where will my question appear on the course evaluation?
*Is there a limit to the length of the custom question?
*If I am teaching a course with a colleague, can we both submit a custom question for the course?
*Can teaching assistants create a custom question?
*Why would a Yale College course that I am teaching not appear on my pull-down list?
*Which of the courses that I teach participate in the evaluation?
*Can I change any of the questions on the evaluation, or can I add additional questions?
*I have always used a paper form of my own design. Can I continue to use it?
*How and when can I expect to see the results of the evaluation?
*Will my teaching fellow(s) be evaluated?
*Whom should I contact with comments about this program?
 


What are the questions on the evaluation?

  1. Looking back on [course name], what is your overall assessment of the course? What are its strengths and weaknesses, and in what ways might it be improved?
     
  2. Please evaluate each instructor of [course name]. What are the instructor's strengths and weaknesses, and in what ways might his or her teaching be improved?
     
  3. Please evaluate your teaching assistant here (discussion section leader, lab section leader, grader, or other assistant). What are his or her strengths and weaknesses as an instructor, and in what ways might his/her teaching be improved? Please evaluate only the teaching assistant that you are most familiar with. Note: If the instructor of the course led your discussion section, please evaluate your discussion section in this part of the evaluation.

Please note that your responses to the following questions may also be made available to students.

  1. How would you summarize [course name] for a fellow student? Would you recommend [course name] to another student? Why or why not?
     
  2. Overall, how would you rate the workload of this course in comparison to other Yale courses you have taken? (Scale: 1=much less, 2=less, 3=same, 4=greater, 5=much greater)
     
  3. What is your overall assessment of this course? (Scale: 1=poor, 2=below average, 3=good, 4=very good, 5=excellent)
     
  4. Do you expect to use this class for credit toward your major, or toward a pre-professional program? Yes/No
     
  5. Do you expect to use this class for credit toward the Yale College distribution requirements? Yes/No
     

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How do I print my evaluations?

You have the following choices:

  1. If you are viewing your evaluations by respondent, you can choose "Print one evaluation" or "Print all evaluations."
     
  2. If you are viewing your evaluations by question, you can choose "Print all responses to selected question."

A separate print window will appear. Click on the word PRINT in that window. After printing, please close the print window to return to reading your evaluations.

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How and when do I create a custom question for my course evaluation?

To create a custom question for your course evaluation, log into the custom question section of OCE, select your course from the pull-down menu, type in your question, and submit it.

Question submission deadlines and other important dates are listed on line in the OCE schedule. The Registrar will also send notification via e-mail when the system opens for custom question submission.

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Can I edit or delete my question after I have entered it?

Yes. You can edit or delete your custom question at any time, up until the system closes for custom question submission.

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Where will my question appear on the course evaluation?

The question will appear as the ninth question in the evaluation, after the eight standard questions.

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Is there a limit to the length of the custom question?

Yes. The custom question can be no more than 500 characters long.

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If I am teaching a course with a colleague, can we both submit a custom question for the course?

No. There is only one custom question per course. However, any of the instructors teaching a course may submit the question. The name of the person who submitted the question and the date and time it was submitted is displayed on the entry screen.

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Can teaching assistants create a custom question?

No. Only faculty can create custom questions.

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Why would a Yale College course that I am teaching not appear on my pull-down list?

Only Yale College courses (numbered 499 or lower) that have an enrollment of 5 or more are available for evaluation. If the enrollment in your Yale College course is 5 or more and it does not appear on your list, please e-mail evaluate@yale.edu.

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Which of the courses that I teach participate in the evaluation?

Any Yale College course with an enrollment of five or more undergraduates will be available for online evaluation. Any Graduate School course with an enrollment of four or more graduate students will also be available for online evaluation.

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Can I change any of the questions on the evaluation, or can I add additional questions?

You cannot change any of the questions but you can add one custom question per course. Instructors are at liberty to distribute their own paper or Web-based evaluations as they choose or to conduct evaluations via Classes*v2.

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I have always used a paper form of my own design. Can I continue to use it?

Individual course instructors may use their own hard-copy evaluation forms if they wish. This, however, will not exempt the students who are enrolled in these courses from evaluating them on line. Online evaluation will be required of all Yale College students who are enrolled in Yale College courses, regardless of whether their instructors have chosen to augment the online evaluations with their own paper evaluation forms.

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How and when can I expect to see the results of the evaluation?

After the course evaluation period is over each term, instructors can view course evaluations through links on the Registrar's Office OCE page. The dates when evaluations become available to faculty are listed on the OCE schedule. The Registrar will also send notification via e-mail when evaluations are available for viewing.

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Will my teaching fellow(s) be evaluated?

The online course evaluation includes a question about teaching fellows. All teaching fellows who are recorded in Banner as TFs for the course will be able to view their completed evaluations on line through the same Web self-service application used by the regular teaching faculty. Teaching fellows can only see their own evaluations, unless a student has incorrectly selected one teaching fellow's name and evaluated another. Teaching fellows can also see the responses to questions 4, 5, and 6.


Whom should I contact with comments about this program?

E-mail evaluate@yale.edu with comments and questions.
 

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