Student Course Evaluations

Upon the recommendation of the Collegewide Student Evaluations Taskforce, the College will now be deploying our end of semester Student Course Evaluations via Blackboard Enterprise Survey Tool, which will enable the College to measure satisfaction levels, community engagement, and other attitudes that impact institutional effectiveness.
Student Course Evaluations will now be distributed, managed, and collected via Blackboard.  CCIT will handle the distribution of these evaluations centrally, so you won’t need to setup, manage, or maintain anything. The evaluation tool will provide students with an anonymous opportunity to reflect on the quality of content and instruction they received in your course. As an instructor, you will then be able to log into your Blackboard course to view completed evaluations.

Session 1 (16 Weeks)

Course available date: 8/14/2017
Course starts: 8/21/2017
Survey send date: 11/22/2017
Survey and session ends: 12/9/2017

Session 2 (8 Weeks)

Course available date: 8/14/2017
Course starts: 8/21/2017
Survey send date: 9/27/2017
Survey and session ends: 10/14/2017

Session 3 (8 Weeks)

Course available date: 10/9/2017
Course starts: 10/16/2017
Survey send date: 11/22/2017
Survey and session ends: 12/9/2017

Session 7 (12 Weeks)

Course available date: 9/11/2017
Course starts: 9/18/2017
Survey send date: 11/22/2017
Survey and session ends: 12/9/2017

Session 8 (4 Weeks)

Course available date: 8/11/2017
Course starts: 8/18/2017
Survey send date: 9/1/2017
Survey and session ends: 9/16/2017

How It Works

  1. Near the end of the semester, students will be sent weekly email reminders that their Course Evaluation is ready for completion.
  2. Students will receive an email for each course they are enrolled in. (So, five courses – five emails).
  3. Each email will include a link to that specific course survey.
  4. To complete the survey, they will simply click on the link provided.
  5. Once the survey is completed, students will stop receiving reminders.
  6. Students will have until one week following the last day of the semester to complete the evaluation.

Prior to the end of the semester, CCIT and DIET will push your Student Course Evaluation survey directly to your Blackboard course. This will be done centrally, so you won’t need to setup, manage, or maintain anything.

Student holding a composition notebook

Tips to Improve Survey Completion Rates

It is very important for high percentages of students to complete evaluations of their courses.  Course evaluations provide valuable understanding of student perceptions and needs. Research shows that the most effective way to ensure that your students complete their end of session course evaluations is to simply remind them, and remind them often.

Therefore, instructors are encouraged to use creative methods within the policies of their department to achieve maximum completion rates of course evaluations. Listed here are tried-and-true ways to increase response rates to your course surveys. If you have other ideas or suggestions that have worked for you, please let CCIT know.

  1. Use Blackboard regularly throughout the semester.  If students are already familiar with using Blackboard for your course, they will more readily complete a survey offered through Blackboard.
  2. Let students know as soon as the surveys are available, and set aside a minute at the beginning of every class to remind them.
  3. Inform students that their responses are anonymous and that you will not even be able to see them until after final grades are submitted – and even then, they remain anonymous.
  4. Communicate to your students not only that the College values their feedback, but more importantly, that you do, because honest feedback helps you create a better experience for future students.
  5. If you are in a computer lab and have class time to spare, let students complete the survey in class.
  6. If you are not in a computer lab, see if any are available for use.