Online Course Ratings
April 11, 2011
As the end of the semester approaches, I write to make sure you are aware of the new online system for student course ratings and provide additional information about the process. This spring, students in NSSR, Parsons, Lang, Drama, and University-wide lecture courses (ULEC) courses are being asked to submit course evaluations online. The new online system was developed with the participation and support of full-time and part-time faculty and informed by research about national best practices. It represents an improvement over the former paper ratings in several respects:
The period for completing course evaluations is April 18 to May 6. Students in your courses will receive an email message with a link to the survey, which consists of 17 questions rated on a five-point scale and four questions for narrative responses. These questions were developed based on the evaluation forms in use in many programs and divisions up to now.
To ensure you have the opportunity to learn more about the new ratings system, we have created a website that includes FAQs, a summary of the research findings that informed our new approach, and tips for full-time faculty to improve students' response rate and to interpret responses.
Please visit www.newschool.edu/courseratings to learn more. If you have questions after reviewing the website, your program director or dean is likely your best resource, but also feel free to write to us at email@example.com.
Our goal is to support your efforts to provide an optimal learning experience for your students. Thanks for your shared commitment to excellence.
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