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Online Course Evaluation FAQs for Students
 
*Why should I complete the online course evaluation?
*How do I access the evaluation?
*Do I have to complete the evaluation?
*Can I be sure that my comments are anonymous?
*I already filled out a paper evaluation for one of my courses. Do I still need to do the Web evaluation?
*I'm an undergraduate, but I am taking a Graduate School course. Will I be able to evaluate it?
*Can I evaluate my Senior Project course?
*One of the courses that I'm taking does not appear in my list of courses to be evaluated, or I'm being asked to evaluate a course in which I am not enrolled. What should I do?
*If I choose to "decline to evaluate" a course and later change my mind, can I return to the Web site and evaluate the course?
*Should I prepare my answers before logging on to the evaluation site?
*Can I change my mind about an evaluation?
*Is it possible to evaluate the same course more than once?
*What kind of computer do I need to complete the evaluation?
*Can I access the evaluation from off campus?
*What if my computer crashes before I submit my evaluation?
*Several of my courses have more than one instructor. Do I complete a separate evaluation for each?
*Will I be able to view my grades on line if I fail to evaluate a course?
*How do I view my grades on line?
*How and when can I view course evaluations from previous terms?
*What are the questions on the evaluation?
 


Why should I complete the online course evaluation?

Not only do course evaluations help your instructors improve their teaching, evaluations also are an essential component of the review and promotion process for faculty. This is your opportunity to make your voice heard on an important issue: the quality of teaching at Yale.


How do I access the evaluation?

Log in to the Online Course Evaluation system with your NetID and password. Students can evaluate courses only during restricted periods at the end of each term.

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Do I have to complete the evaluation?

You are expected to complete an online evaluation, or to decline to do so on the online form, for every eligible course. Yale College regulations state:

For the advancement of teaching in Yale College, anonymous teaching evaluations are made available through the Yale University Student Information Systems. Students are expected to participate in this evaluation process for any Yale College course in which they are enrolled. Students who withdraw from a course after midterm are invited but not required to participate.  (Academic Regulations, Enrollment in Courses)

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Early access to recorded grades is available on line to students in any Yale College course for which they have completed or actively declined to complete the online course evaluation form through the Yale University Student Information Systems.  (Academic Regulations, General Regulations Concerning Grades and Transcripts)

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Can I be sure that my comments are anonymous?

Your evaluations are completely anonymous and confidential. They are stored in their own database from which they will be made available to your instructor with no identifying information, serial number, or other data that would allow your answers to be traced back to you. A separate database records the fact that you have submitted an evaluation but contains none of the content.


I already filled out a paper evaluation for one of my courses. Do I still need to do the Web evaluation?

Yes. Some instructors will ask you to complete a paper evaluation that contains questions specific to his or her course. These evaluations will be for the professor's use only and, unlike the online evaluation, will not be made available to other students.

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I'm an undergraduate, but I am taking a Graduate School course. Will I be able to evaluate it?

If the course carries a Yale College number (499 or lower) in addition to the graduate number, and if it has an enrollment of 5 or more undergraduates, it should appear on your list of courses to evaluate. However, undergraduates are not eligible to complete online evaluations for graduate courses that do not carry a Yale College number.

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Can I evaluate my Senior Project course?

Yes. Senior Project course evaluations will be made available to the DUS of the appropriate department.


One of the courses that I'm taking does not appear in my list of courses to be evaluated, or I'm being asked to evaluate a course in which I am not enrolled. What should I do?

Only Yale College courses with an enrollment of 5 or more undergraduates participate in online evaluations. If you think that an error has been made, e-mail evaluate@yale.edu with your name, NetID, and details.

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If I choose to "decline to evaluate" a course and later change my mind, can I return to the Web site and evaluate the course?

No. Once you decline to evaluate a course, there will be no further options to provide an online evaluation. This is designed to prevent evaluations from being influenced by the viewing of grades.


Should I prepare my answers before logging on to the evaluation site?

While it is not necessary, it may be useful to do so if you plan on lengthy or detailed responses to the questions. Prepare your responses using a text editor (Microsoft Word, Notepad, SimpleText, etc.), and save the document in your preferred location. When you log in to the evaluation site, you can copy and paste into the response areas, and perform further review and editing as needed. There is a limit of 4000 characters for each response that you enter into a text box.
 
Please note that there is a 60-minute time limit for completing each evaluation. If you stay on a page for more than 60 minutes without submitting the form, the application will time out and you will lose any entered text, even if you are still actively entering and editing your answers.

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Can I change my mind about an evaluation?

While editing your responses for a particular course, you can edit all of the questions in that evaluation. Once you have submitted the evaluation for a course, changes to that evaluation will no longer be possible. Thus, it is critical that you make sure that your responses are those intended for the course you are currently evaluating, and are not confused with those for another course or instructor.

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Is it possible to evaluate the same course more than once?

No. The system records your completed evaluation for a course and will not present further opportunities for evaluation of that course.

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What kind of computer do I need to complete the evaluation?

Any computer that has a Yale-supported Web browser and is connected to the Internet will work.

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Can I access the evaluation from off campus?

Yes. The Online Course Evaluation system is available from network-connected Web browsers anywhere.

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What if my computer crashes before I submit my evaluation?

Any information that you entered into the evaluation is lost. You will need to restart your browser and log in to the Online Course Evaluation system again.

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Several of my courses have more than one instructor. Do I complete a separate evaluation for each?

Yes. You will be provided with a separate text box for each instructor teaching a course with multiple instructors. Enter your responses under the appropriate faculty names.

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Will I be able to view my grades on line if I fail to evaluate a course?

Yes. However, the online grade will not be viewable until the end of the course evaluation period.

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How do I view my grades on line?

Using your NetID and password, log in to Student Information Systems. Select grades for one term. If your grades have been reported, you can view them.

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How and when can I view course evaluations from previous terms?

Course evaluations are avaliable to Yale College students year round throught the Online Course Information (OCI) site. Click on "Search Yale College Course Evaluations" at the top left of the page. You will be prompted for your NetID and password to log in.

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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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