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Early Course Evaluation

The Center for Teaching Excellence provides consultation on early course evaluation both in preparing the questionnaire as well as in interpreting and providing feedback to students. Call 412-396-5177.

For more information on early course evaluations, read the Teaching Tip on "The Benefits, Impact and Process of Early Course Evaluations."

K Q S Survey

This can be done without advanced preparation.  Write these three items on the board.

Keep Doing

Quit Doing

Start Doing

Tell students: Your feedback will help me to conduct class in a way that is most useful to you. Please take a few moments to offer your suggestions.

1. What could I as the instructor keep doing, quit doing, and start doing to help you learn?

2. What can you as a student keep doing, quit doing, and start doing to promote your learning?


Early Course Evaluation Survey

This questionnaire is intended to provide information on how to enhance the quality of instruction during the remaining weeks of this semester.

Please indicate whether or not you agree with each statement by circling the appropriate number.

Please write in comments or suggestions for your instructor under each statement.

Sample Item

The instructor presents information clearly.

Strongly Agree 1 2 3 4 5 Strongly Disagree

Comments:

The instructor chooses a few of the following items which relate to his or her questions about her teaching.

1. The instructor presents information clearly.

2. The instructor's presentations are easy to hear and understand.

3. The instructor's use of audio visual aids and the blackboard supplement the presentation.

4. The instructor manages class time well.

5. The instructor is well-prepared for class sessions.

6. The instructor relates course content to students' lives.

7. The instructor conveys enthusiasm for the course.

8. The instructor helps create a non-threatening climate for participation.

9. The instructor welcomes questions and answers them clearly.

10. The instructor provides helpful feedback on student assignments.

11. The instructor is fair in grading and carrying out the course policies.

Open-Ended Early Course Evaluation

The instructor chooses relevant items form  the following list for students to complete.

1. The most important thing I have learned in this course so far is. . .

2. The most interesting new idea I have learned in this course is. . .

3. The aspect of this class that is the most helpful for my learning is. . .

4. The most challenging part of this course is. . .

5. The most difficult aspect of this course for me is. . .

6. The one thing I can do to improve my learning in this course is. . .

7. I would have an easier time learning in this class if I could. . .

8. The one thing I expect out of this course that is not being provided is…

9. I would improve this course by. . .

10. The great weakness of this course that I would correct is. . .

11. The part of the course that I have liked the most so far is. . .

12. I know the following techniques are used in other classes and I believe they could be used effectively in this class. . .

13. I have the following questions or suggestions for you [class instructor]. . .

14. I suggest that you [class instructor] make the following changes in the course between now and the end of the semester to help me learn better….

15. My recommendation for improving class participation and discussion is…

16. To help me learn, you [class instructor] should start doing the following things. . .

17. To help me learn, you [class instructor] should stop doing the following things. . .

18. I have the following suggestions for how you [class instructor] can use other media or other technologies in this course. . .

19. Please comment on how well the required readings tie in with class presentations, discussions, and small-group projects.

20. Please comment on how well each class session helps you synthesize the major ideas for the lesson.

Source of open-ended items: United States Military Academy, Center for Teaching Excellence.