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Course Evaluations

Course Evaluations Home & FAQs

Course Evaluations is UVA's online evaluation system used for all courses at UVA except those in the three professional schools (Medicine, Law, and Darden Business), who run their own systems.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Course Evaluations

For Students

For Instructors

For Administrators

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

For Students

How do I complete a course evaluation?
  1. Log into UVACollab and go to Home, then Course Evaluations ACTIVE, where you will be presented with a list of your courses.
  2. If any evaluations are currently active, the course name for it will be hyperlinked in the list.
  3. Click that link, complete the evaluation, and click Submit.
Why should I submit evaluations for my courses?

There are several important reasons that students should complete evaluations for their courses:

  • Students have access to course evaluations results via the Evaluations link available from the individual Class Detail screens in SIS (access the Class Detail screen by using SIS Class Search), but only for courses that had a response rate of at least 65%. Knowing how their fellow students evaluated previous offerings of a course can be very useful in making registration decisions. Note that the existence of evaluation data is totally dependent on students submitting their evaluations in order to achieve a 65% response rate for each of their courses.
  • Evaluations are important to the instructor for improving course content and presentation as well as for improving the instructor’s own pedagogy.
  • Administrators use the evaluations as a summative evaluation of the instructor for promotion, tenure, and merit purposes.
When should I complete my evaluations?

You will receive an email message when evaluations begin for your courses. You will also receive an email reminder a few days before the end of the evaluation period if you have not yet submitted any evaluations. Note that late submissions are not permitted.

The opening and closing dates for a course evaluation period are set by the department/school that “owns” the course. Pay close attention to evaluation end dates as these may differ across your courses.

I want to complete an evaluation but the link is gone. What can I do now?

If you no longer see a link to complete your evaluation, then the allowed window has passed and you will no longer be able to submit an online evaluation. You may wish to contact your instructor to see if he or she will accept feedback using an alternative method.

Are my evaluations anonymous?

Yes, evaluations are anonymous. No identity information is stored with evaluation responses. Your login information is used solely to ensure that you are registered for the course and to ensure that you submit only one evaluation for each course.

Your instructor can get a list of who has and has not completed evaluations (as long as there are at least 5 students responding) for the purposes of sending reminders, giving extra credit, etc. but these names are not connected to the evaluation data.

Can I view previous evaluation results for a course I’m considering enrolling in?

Yes. Students have access to course evaluations results via the Evaluations link available on the individual Class Detail screens in the Student Information System (SIS). (Access the Class Detail screen by using Class Search in SIS.)

Note that this link will only appear for courses that had a response rate of at least 65%. Existence of evaluation data is totally dependent on students submitting their evaluations in order to achieve a 65% response rate for each of their courses.

What should I do if I don’t want to answer a particular question and there isn’t a not applicable option?
The system does not require you to answer all questions. You may simply skip any questions that you don’t want to answer or for which there is not an appropriate answer choice provided.

For Instructors

Will my course automatically be included in the online Course Evaluation system?
Most courses at the University are included in the Course Evaluation system (except for Darden, Law, and Medicine courses). School and/or departmental administrators have some control over which courses in their area participate by setting parameters such as the minimum enrollment threshold (courses with very low enrollments may be excluded due to this) or by explicitly excluding certain courses.
How and when do I add my own questions?
At a minimum, the evaluation for every course contains the seven Provost questions. Departments and schools may add questions to courses in their department/school, and instructors may add questions to their courses. Instructors may add their own questions to evaluations for their courses by following these steps:
  1. Log into UVACollab.
  2. On the Home tab, click Course Evaluations in the left menu.
  3. Click on the link for the course to which you want to add questions.
  4. On the Course Evaluation Manager screen , select Author Questions to add new questions to your personal repository (your previously authored questions stay in this repository forever). Hint: when authoring Likert questions, try to use the same scale as the Provost's questions (which is likertscaletype21) in order to reduce student confusion.
  5. Select Choose Questions to Add to this Course to add previously authored questions to this particular course. This option is only available during the two-week period preceding the start of evaluations.

Instructors are sent an email message when their courses have been loaded into the system and are ready for them to add their own questions. The Evaluation Monitor box (found by clicking the Course Evaluations tool on the Home tab, then the course link) contains the dates/times during which instructors may add their own questions and the dates/times during which students can submit evaluations.

How and when do I access the evaluation results for my courses?
Approximately a week after the end of the evaluation period, instructors are able to view their results for each course. Emails are sent to instructors at the end of each term notifying them that the evaluation results are available.
Can I find out who did and did not submit an evaluation?
Yes. Although the actual responses are anonymous, instructors may click on list of respondents in the Evaluation Monitor box to view a list of respondents and non-respondents. Access the Evaluation Monitor box by clicking the course link in Home > Course Evaluations.
How do I see response statistics for all courses?
Response statistics for all courses are available on the Course Evaluations system.

For Administrators

How do I access the evaluation results for the courses in my school/department?

Administrators may access evaluation results by following these steps:

  1. Log into UVACollab.
  2. On the Home tab, click Course Evaluations in the left menu.
  3. Click the link to Access course evaluation results.
  4. Select the term that you're interested in.
  5. Select an individual course from the list or select to get a PDF of all the evaluation results.
When I log into UVACollab, I don't see the link to Access course evaluation results. What now?
Individuals must be designated by their school/department in order to have administrator access to evaluation results. To add or remove individuals as administrators, a current Course Evaluations administrator for the department should send an email request to collab-support@virginia.edu.
How do I print evaluation results?
You may print the results for an individual course or for all of your courses by selecting one of the PDF options and then printing from within Adobe Reader.
How do I see examples of course evaluations email notices?
Email notices are sent to students, instructors, and administrators at appropriate times during the evaluation cycle each semester. View sample course evaluation emails.

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