Online Course Evaluation Questions

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Last Updated: March 22, 2017

Course Evaluation Question Revision Process

 The development process through which this change occurred has taken nearly 2 years with significant work from the faculty course evaluation committee (a subcommittee of the former University Assessment & Quality Enhancement Committee), Faculty Center staff and advice solicited from the CAS PTC, administrators and colleagues at other institutions. To support these decisions, we collected course evaluation questions from AAU institutions and have compiled a database of over 1,000 questions. The University Senate approved implementation of these new questions in Fall 2013.

Campus Feedback & Revised Questions

The proposed questions were vetted through the Undergraduate Council, Graduate Council, Undergraduate Program Directors, Undergraduate Student Government and Graduate Student Organization for feedback, the committee reviewed the feedback and made the following changes based on the feedback.

1. Overall, I would give this course a grade of... [A-F, 5-point scale]

2. The instructor was effective in teaching the subject matter [5-point scale SA(5) -SD(1)].

3. Instructor expectation of students is reasonable. [5-point scale: SA(5) to SD(1)]

4. The grading was based on the requirements stated in the syllabus. 

    [Scale: Agree / Grading did not match the syllabus / There was no syllabus / I did not read the syllabus / I don’t know]. 

5. The textbook, readings and required resources were valuable. 

    [Scale: Agree / Disagree / I did not read the required materials / No text, readings or resources were required]. 

6. Did the use of the required textbooks, readings or resources sufficiently justify their cost?

    [Scale: Agree / Sufficiently used but not worth the cost / Not sufficiently used / No cost required / I  did not read the required    materials]. 

7. What is your reason for taking this course? 

    [Scale: DEC* requirement / Major requirement / Minor requirement / Upper-division credit / Personal interest / Other (please specify)]. 

(* DEC may be replaced with Gen Ed or other term for Stony Brook Curriculum general education course.)

8. What is the most effective way to contact the instructor outside of class? 

    [Scale: Office Hours / Before or After Class / Email / Telephone / I Never Contacted the Instructor / Other (please specify)]. 

9. On average, how many hours per week did you spend on this course outside of class? 

    [Scale: 0-3 hours / 4-6 hours / 7-9 hours / 10+ hours].

10. My anticipated grade in this class is: 

    [Scale: A,B,C,D,F,P,S,U, I Don’t Know]

11. How often did you attend this class? 

    [Scale: Always  /Most of the time / About half the time / Before exams / Very infrequently].

12. What, if anything, did you find most valuable about this course? (Open)

13. In what ways, if any, could the course be improved? (Open) 

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