End-of-Semester Course Evaluations

From Authoring Questions to Interpreting Results

The literature on student evaluations of teaching is extensive, covering over 80 years and encompassing over 2000 published papers. Although there are some ambiguous and/or contradictory studies about the reliability and validity of student evaluations, research suggests that well-designed and tested evaluation surveys can give you useful data that can help you improve your teaching, particularly when combined with other means of assessment.

The following step-by-step guide is designed to help you author questions for and glean the most useful information from your end-of-course evals.

Additional Resources

This resource from Vanderbilt University summarizes the good practices for instructors and research about student evaluations.

Benton, S. L., & Cashin, W. E. (2012). Idea paper# 50: Student ratings of teaching: A summary of research and literature.

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