Fall 2020 course/instructor evaluations will take place from November 16 at 8:30 a.m. through to December 7 at 10:00 p.m.
Instructors and students may access evaluations through the Instructor Evaluation system website.
At the end of each term, the University of Waterloo asks its students to evaluate its courses and course instructors. The information collected from these evaluations provides constructive feedback to instructors about their teaching and course, and provides University of Waterloo administrators with a data source to draw from when evaluating instructor performance.
Course evaluations are mandatory for all undergraduate and graduate courses in the Faculty of Health except those with small enrolments (four students or less), “arranged” courses, independent study courses, and courses that start with “0" (these are not official courses).
Procedure for online evaluations through the Instructor Evaluation system
Students have a three week period of time at the end of term to complete their course/instructor evaluations. Although students have the ability to complete their evaluations outside of class, instructors are encouraged to provide class time to complete the online evaluations. Instructors should advise students in advance of when class time will be provided to ensure that students have some means to complete the evaluation. Students should also be reminded that evaluations remain anonymous.
What does this mean for instructors?
Instructors will receive an email generated from the Instructor Evaluation system on the day the evaluation opens. Instructors can then notify students to bring along an appropriate device (laptop, tablet, phone, etc.) on a given date.
Instructors should set aside 10-15 minutes of class time for students to complete the evaluation. Students can complete the online form using their laptops, tablets or phones. They will have until the last day of classes to complete the evaluations, but it is expected that most of the forms will be completed during the 10-15 minutes set aside in class.
Students should be informed that course evaluations are an important element in measuring teaching performance as well as the overall course. Let your students know that you value their feedback, that you take the comments seriously, and that constructive feedback is helpful to you as you refine your course and teaching. These scores are used for instructor review, and are maintained as a permanent record of an instructor’s teaching performance. Consequently, evaluations must be taken seriously.
Instructors must inform students that the online evaluation is completely anonymous and the results of the evaluations held confidential and not released to instructors until the Quest official graded date.
Instructors who make these points tend to receive more and better responses from their students. Setting aside time in class and frequent reminders to students to fill out the evaluation helps with the overall response rate.
What does this mean for students?
At the appropriate time, students will receive an email providing a link to the Instructor Evaluation system. To gain access to the evaluation(s), students will need to enter their WatIAM user ID and password. Students may complete a course specific evaluation only once but can access the forms at any time from during the three week online evaluation process. Students who have not completed an evaluation, will receive reminders asking them to do so. The Instructor Evaluation system closes at 10:00 p.m. on the last day of classes.
Instructor access to the Instructor Evaluation system
Instructors can view evaluation related statistics through evaluate.uwaterloo.ca in real-time (e.g., number of evaluations that have been completed and on what day and time, when the evaluation will close, and when the results will be relased). Instructors will need their WatIAM credentials to login. Instructors’ accounts will include all courses that they have taught along with the evaluation results.
Instructor frequently asked questions
You can log on about five weeks before the end of term to see which courses are to be evaluated in that particular term.
Students are able to access their online course evaluations during the last three weeks of the term. Unlike the paper evaluations, students are able to complete their course evaluations within and outside of class time, on their computers, phones, or tablets. However, course instructors are still encouraged to set aside 10-15 minutes in class for students to complete the evaluation.
Students can only complete the evaluation for the course for which they are enrolled. For example, if they are enrolled in AHS 107 TUT 010, they cannot then evaluate AHS 107 TUT 012.
A function has been developed to let instructors export all comments, as well as comments pertaining to a specific questions. There will be two buttons at the bottom of the course evaluation web page to allow you to access this function.
Yes, you are able to logon to evaluate from home. If you are experiencing difficulty, try using a web browser other than Internet Explorer and ensure that you are using the latest version of your web browser. Additionally, do not type ‘www’ in front of evaluate.uwaterloo.ca, as this will alter the pathway and you will not be able to access the website.