The Evaliuate course evaluation system
Linköping University introduced a new university-wide course evaluation system in the autumn of 2018 – Evaliuate. The system replaced the former system, KURT.
FIVE TIPS TO ACHIEVE A HIGHER RESPONSE RATE
Are you looking to increase the response rate for your course evaluations? We present here some good advice from teachers and students.
The student unions have canvassed students and gathered their views about what motivates them to answer. Teachers who have a high response rate for their course evaluations share their thoughts about what teachers can do to achieve a higher response rate.
1. Have the students complete the questionnaire during timetabled sessions
If possible, coordinate with teachers on following courses such that students are given a time during the course introduction or one of the first course meetings to complete the course evaluation. Some courses have achieved a response rate of 80% by this method!
2. Demonstrate that course evaluations result in improvements
Inform the students about the improvements that have been made to a course due to the answers given by students in previous years. At the start of a course, the teacher should always inform students about the course evaluations from previous years and any measures that have been taken. It’s a good idea to repeat this information several times during the course, in particular at the end of the course when the students are to complete the Evaliuate questionnaire. Students are motivated to complete the course evaluation when they see that their opinions make a difference.
3. Demonstrate that YOU give importance to Evaliuate
Tell the students that YOU think that it is important that they complete the Evaliuate questionnaire. Many teachers supplement Evaliuate with, for example, an oral evaluation. But in this case you should emphasise to the students that you consider it important that they also complete the Evaliuate questionnaire.
4. Add comments to the report
The examiner and course coordinator can use the system to add comments to the report (without free text replies) and distribute the “Report with comments” to all students who were registered on the course. This can serve as initial feedback from the teacher to the students for a recently completed course. The main purpose of the comments is to demonstrate that you as teacher take the replies and opinions of the students seriously, and that they are considered during any changes to the course made in the future. Many students are motivated to complete the questionnaire when they see that their answers are respected.
5. Remind students to reply
Many students say that they plan to complete the questionnaire, but forget. A reminder is sent to students from the Evaliuate system, but it helps if the teacher also reminds them at the end of the course, for example, and through Lisam. The examiner and course coordinator can log in to Evaliuate (Survey&Report) and see how many students have replied. Some teachers send out reminders to students several times during the response period, and inform them of the current response rate, in order to encourage more to respond.
EVALIUATE IN SHORT
EVALIUATE - WHY IS IT NEEDED?
Benefiting from the experiences and points of view of students concerning the courses they take is important for improving the courses. Further, LiU has an obligation to do so. Evaliuate is one component of the quality assurance system for the education at LiU, and replaces the system that has been generally known as KURT.
EVALIUATE - HOW WILL IT BE USED?
All courses at LiU will automatically be subject to course evaluation in Evaliuate. A questionnaire will be sent to all registered students on every course when the course ends. The questionnaire contains 10 university-wide questions and some others that are specific to the faculty. Further questions can be added, if desired.
Maria Boberg, Administrative leader
Johan Jäger, Content manager, VFU questionnaire at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Science
Schedule FOR 2019
- June: Evaliuate is integrated in "Studentportalen" where students can find their ongoing course evaliuations and the results from their previous course evaluations.
- August: The course evaluation period is extended from 10 days to 3 weeks and new questions are put to use.
Last updated: 2020-05-04