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Why is Douglas College implementing course evaluations?

One of the College’s goals is to deliver an Enriched Educational Experience to its students. The College is implementing course evaluations as one of the ways students can tell their instructors about their experiences. The instructors can use that feedback to inform any potential improvements to their courses.

Why should I complete my course evaluations?

Instructors can use course evaluation feedback to reflect on what is and isn’t working in their courses, and to make improvements for future offerings of the course.

How are the course evaluations going to be administered?

Course evaluation forms will be administered online. Students will receive an email invitation indicating that course evaluations are now open for their course(s). Simply click on the link in the email to login to your course evaluations dashboard. Enter your Douglas College login credentials (i.e., username and password) to login to your dashboard. Once in your dashboard, click on one of your listed courses to open up the course evaluation form.

Can I use my tablet or mobile device to complete my course evaluation form(s)?

Yes, all you need is an Internet connection and a web browser.

When can I access the online course evaluation form(s)?

For full semester duration courses (e.g., 4 months long), students will receive an email invitation to complete their evaluation form(s) about two weeks before the end of classes. For compressed or short duration courses, students will receive an email invitation one week before classes end. Because student feedback is important to us, two email reminders will be sent during the evaluation period to students who have not yet completed all their evaluation forms.

How long does it take to complete a course evaluation form online?

Based on our pilot research, the average time to complete an individual course evaluation form should be about 3-5 minutes.

What should I do if I don’t see all of my courses listed in my course evaluations dashboard?

Not all courses use the online course evaluation system. Some instructional formats and courses with very small enrolments (e.g., directed studies) are excluded from the online evaluation process. Your course instructor can confirm if you should receive a course evaluation form for your course. If they confirm that the course evaluation is being administered online, but you have not received an invitation to complete it, then send a request for technical assistance via email to course_evaluations@douglascollege.ca. Please identify your course name and section number in the subject line of the email.

Can instructors trace course evaluation responses back to me?

No. Your course evaluation ratings are anonymous in reports produced for instructors; however, the open-ended question is not redacted for any personally identifiable comments you may choose to make. Students are expected to provide courteous, respectful and constructive feedback.

Can instructors see their course evaluations prior to submitting final grades?

No. Course evaluation results are not released to instructors until after the grade submission deadline for the semester.

Can I change my responses after submitting them?

No. You can only complete and submit each course evaluation once and you cannot change your responses after submission.

The deadline to complete my course evaluations has passed. Can I still submit my responses?

No. You can only complete and submit course evaluations until the posted deadline.

Are all courses evaluated using the same questions?

All course evaluations will include a core set of 13 questions: nine that use a rating scale, three are demographic and one open-ended question to elicit written feedback. Faculty can add up to 13 additional questions to obtain feedback about unique aspects of their courses.

Are any questions on the course evaluation form asking me to evaluate my instructor?

No. The questions on Douglas’ course evaluation form focus on the course as a structured learning experience rather than on instructors’ teaching abilities. You may receive other questionnaires to provide instructional feedback. Those questionnaires are administered through different processes.