Go green with paperless course evaluations

To all faculty,

I am pleased to announce that we are conducting a pilot study for online course evaluations at the end of this semester. There have been many requests from faculty and students to move from paper to online evaluation of courses. During last spring’s full-time faculty contract negotiations an agreement was reached for the implementation of voluntary online course evaluations, provided the electronic process adhered to the same criteria governing our current paper system.  We are very excited about this pilot project, which has been several months in the making, and hope that you will consider participating.

Participation in the pilot study is completely voluntary, but will require a commitment of time to learn about the proposed program and to contribute to the analysis and assessment of the results.  Participation will include:

·       one optional workshop on May 6 at 8:30 a.m. (Academic Affairs Conference Room) for pilot participants
·       a short survey about the evaluation results to be filled out in early fall

Online evaluation forms – which will be identical in content to our current paper forms – will be made available to the students of participating faculty in the final two weeks of this semester (i.e., within the same timeframe allowed for manual distribution of paper forms).

Several faculty members have already expressed interest in participating. There is no limit to the number, but we would like to have at least 20 volunteers. Both full-time and part-time faculty are welcome to participate. If you would like to take part in the pilot study, please contact Anj Shaw (jshaw01@risd.edu, 454-6596) by Monday, April 25. For more information about the pilot project, please see the report linked to here, and/or contact either Anj Shaw or Margot Nishimura (mnishimu@risd.edu, 454-6542).

The results of the pilot and further recommendations for the implementation of online evaluations will be reported in the upcoming fall semester in the Academic Affairs News Digest.

Thank you in advance to the willing recruits!

All best wishes,
Jessie Shefrin

paperless course evaluation, Sustainability + the Environment

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