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More than 15,000 students to participate in spring semester course evaluations online

04/11/2012

It is expected that 15,213 Miami University undergraduate students among all campuses will participate at least once during the spring semester online pilot course evaluations.

Course evaluations will open online April 15 and close April 29. Because of newly added departments, 1,231 unique courses will be represented, according to Mike Curme, chair of the ad hoc Digital Course Evaluation committee and associate dean of the Farmer School of Business.

Departments and programs participating this spring for the first time are: art and music from the School of Fine Arts; journalism, math, speech pathology and zoology from the College of Arts and Science; business technology, business, entrepreneurship, management and marketing from the Farmer School of Business; and computer information technology and engineering technology from the School of Engineering and Applied Science. Online courses at the regional campuses also will participate this semester.

Continuing participating departments and programs are: architecture, chemistry, computer science and software engineering, economics, educational psychology, geography, kinesiology and health, decision sciences and management information systems, nursing, Spanish and Portuguese, and theatre.

Curme wants to see the enthusiasm that the departments are showing for the digital evaluations spread into the classroom.

“It’s important that faculty encourage their students,” Curme said. “Studies have shown us that students will participate at higher rates when their professors talk about the benefits of course evaluations through the online tool in class.”

Response rates in the pilot course evaluation results for the spring 2012 eight-week sprint courses were less than the committee had hoped.

However, Curme explained the reason for pilot testing is to discover potential issues and address concerns in moving forward. A CELTUA (Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching and University Assessment) committee has been asked to provide recommendations to provide ways to increase response rates, develop a timeline for the full implementation and coordinate the instrument to ensure the evaluation is not redundant and excessively long.

It is expected to achieve 100 percent online implementation of all university courses by the end of fall semester 2013.

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