Student feedback can provide valuable insight about the student experience that contributes to effective teaching and learning. Course evaluation responses about learning outcomes, academic experiences, perceptions, and motivation can also provide useful data about curricular effectiveness, as an indirect measure for program-level assessment. For example, if students consistently comment that the same material is repeated in several different required courses, or if they comment that they did not feel prepared by prerequisites for subsequent courses, faculty can consider these comments in conjunction with results from other assessment measures.
Course Evaluation Toolkit
The resources below are intended to help departments and programs considering course evaluations for assessing student learning as part of program-level assessment. ACE is available to collaborate with undergraduate degree programs on course evaluations as an indirect measure for program assessment; contact us for additional information.
Note: First introduced in 2014, WSU uses the online system eXplorance Blue to deliver course evaluations.
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|Overview||Quick Guide||ACE - WSU||Quick Guide to Course Evaluations for Program Assessment||PDF resource intended to help WSU programs and faculty consider good practices for using course evaluations for assessing student learning as part of program-level assessment|
|Sample Representation||Quick Guide||ACE - WSU||Quick Guide to Sampling, Sample Sizes, and Representation||PDF resource intended to help WSU programs and faculty consider good practices for considering sample sizes and strategies for program-level assessment|
|Data Stewardship||Quick Guide||ACE - WSU||Quick Guide to Assessment Data Stewardship for Academic Programs||PDF resource intended to help WSU programs and faculty consider good practices for collecting, managing, and using program assessment data that align with WSU’s Executive Policy #8|
Additional Resources and Scholarship
Benton, S. & Cashin, W. (2012). Student Ratings of Teaching: A Summary of Research and Literature. IDEA Center.
Skowronek, J., Frieson, B. & Masonjones, H. (2011). Developing a Statistically Valid and Practically Useful Student Evaluation Instrument. International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.
University of Hawaii at Manoa Assessment and Curriculum Support Center. How To: Choose a Method to Collect Data or Evidence Website.