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A Web Letter from the Office of the Provost - August 2020

By Mary Jane Chew

New course evaluation software implemented this fall

After a successful summer pilot, a new course evaluation software tool, EvaluationKIT, will be implemented across the campus this semester.

“There will be a few changes for faculty, instructors and students apart from a new look and feel,” said Peter Hollenbeck, vice provost for faculty affairs. “The historical evaluation data from the CoursEval system will be available through the end of August, though Instructional Data Processing will maintain all data from 2008, and instructors can request historical evaluation data by emailing idp@purdue.edu.”

Information and training documents for the new system will be available on the Instructional Data Processing website, Monday, August 24.

The standard two questions that had been used on evaluations will now be replaced with 10 questions that have been shown to reduce bias against women and under-represented groups. This change was made working with the University Senate and based on the input of the Faculty Evaluation Task Force.

The standard open-ended prompts will remain as before. Departments may choose up to five (5) additional questions for each course or section.

In addition, instructors will be able to administer mid-semester, formative evaluations in order to assess and improve their course delivery. Select open-ended questions will be available for departments that request them. For the fall semester, these requests will be due by Friday, September 18th at 5pm.  In spring semester 2021, we hope to rollout additional functionality and allow departments greater control over the timing and selection of questions.

Requests for evaluations should be made through the department head and evaluation coordinator, as has been done in previous semesters.  It is the hope that by spring of 2021, departmental control over creation of the evaluations can be implemented.

Due to retiring the core questions as mandatory across all units, the previous calculated median will be replaced with a standard arithmetic mean, or the sum of all ratings divided by the number of student respondents.  The previous measure (interpolated median) was a statistical legacy of the paper system and was inconsistent with measurements used by our peer institutions and colleges and universities across the country. 

Instructional Data Processing will reach out directly to department evaluation coordinators about the new software and will continue to provide updates and summary analyses as departments request. 

If you have any questions about how the evaluation system will work, please contact David Nelson (nelson8@purdue.edu) at the Center for Instructional Excellence. 

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