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The offices of CTE will be closed on Thursday, May 17 for our staff PD day. 

The elevator in Environment 1 (EV1) is shut down for maintenance from April 23 to May 25, 2018. During this time, the only way to access CTE’s offices on the third floor of EV1 is by the stairs. We are happy to arrange an alternative meeting place for CTE meetings if requested. For directions to our workshop spaces (EV1 241 and 242) via the elevator in EV3, please visit our Location page. We invite you to contact us if you have any questions or concerns. 

Using Course Evaluations to Improve Teaching and Learning

Please complete the following tasks using one set of course evaluations and bring the results to your consultation meeting for further discussion.

  1. When you review the evaluation data (quantitative and qualitative), what are your first impressions? What stands out for you?
  2. Identify key strengths.
    1. Evaluation rating listList the questions that received the top 3 quantitative scores (use mean scores if available).
    2. Read students’ responses to any open-ended questions that discuss strengths, and list the comments mentioned frequently (e.g., “really cares about students,” “tests are fair”). Then read the comments again, tallying the number of students who mention each item on your list. Rank the items, with the highest number being first, then focus on the top 3-5 items.

    If you have a manageable number of forms, you may choose instead to enter all comments into a word processing file, and organize them according to themes that arise (e.g., attitude toward students, preparation, organization), then you can tally the responses that you listed under each theme to discover which ones were discussed most often and create your rankings from those numbers.
  3. Identify key areas to improve.
    1. List the questions that received the lowest 3 quantitative scores (use mean scores if available).
    2. Repeat the instructions for question 2b, except read the responses to the open-ended questions about areas to improve/changes to make.
  4. Analyze and reflect.
    1. How do you account for your key strengths and the areas that need improvement? What is it about your course and/or your teaching that helps to explain further your results? Be prepared to share specific strategies, behaviours, and/or attitudes that you feel led to the results of your evaluations.
    2. How, if at all, are you able to link the results from the quantitative responses to the qualitative responses?
    3. What strategies, behaviours, and/or attitudes will you definitely try to maintain in future courses?
    4. What will you try to change the next time you teach and how will you make the change(s)?

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