Online Course Evaluations

Appalachian State University utilizes CoursEvalTM for online student evaluation of teaching. Course evaluations provide students with an opportunity to provide feedback about their courses and serve as one source of information about the quality of instruction at Appalachian. Course evaluations are typically open for students to complete during the last week of classes and close on Reading Day. Individual student responses are confidential unless students reveal their identity in written comments. Results of online course evaluations are released to faculty after grades are due.

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Important Information for Spring 2021 Online Course Evaluations  

Feb. 15  Deadline for chairs to make changes to CoursEval questions or opt individual courses out of CoursEval for first-half semester classes

March 1-March 8 Online course evaluations open for first-half semester classes

April 9  Deadline for chairs to make changes to CoursEval questions or opt individual courses out of CoursEval for second-half and full semester classes

April 19-April 29  Online course evaluations open for second-half semester and full semester classes

CoursEval will utilize either the Common University-Wide Questions or the Experiential Questions based on course type, as well as adding any existing departmental questions.

University-Wide Questions

Determined by course type, one of the following two sets of core questions will be assigned to all online course evaluations at Appalachian. Departments may choose to interchange these approved sets of questions for specific courses as they feel is most appropriate for each of their course types. In addition to the university-wide questions, departments and/or colleges/schools may add their own standard set of questions to CoursEval.  

1. Common University-Wide Questions

The following core questions are presented on student evaluations of teaching for the majority of courses at Appalachian. This set of questions is recommended for LAB, LEC, LES, LLB, LST, LST, PEO, SAB, SEM, SAW, WEB, WEH, WEM or WLH courses. This set of questions was developed by an Ad Hoc Electronic Student Evaluation Committee and presented to Faculty Senate (see March 20, 2017 Minutes). 

Likert scale questions

Response Scale: Strongly disagree, Disagree, Neutral, Agree, Strongly Agree

  • Overall, I consider this individual to be an effective instructor.
  • Overall, this course was a valuable learning experience for me.
  • The instructor provided timely evaluation of student work.
  • The instructor was available to students for help and support.
  • The course contributed to my knowledge of/skills in the subject matter.

Open ended questions

  • What were your instructor’s strengths?
  • How could your instructor improve his/her/their teaching?

2. Experiential Questions

The experiential set of questions was approved as an alternative set of questions for student evaluations of teaching for certain course types by Faculty Senate in January 2020. This set of questions is recommended for CLN, DSR, FLD, IDV, IND, INS, INT, PRA, PRF, RES, ST, STU, THE, THH or THU courses.

Likert scale questions

Response Scale: Strongly disagree, Disagree, Neutral, Agree, Strongly Agree, N/A

  • Overall, this experience was a valuable learning experience for me.         
  • The experience contributed to my knowledge of and/or skills in the subject matter.     
  • If applicable, the faculty supervisor/coordinator was available to me for help and support.