Academic Affairs

Information for Online Course Evaluations

Introduction

Student participation in the course evaluation process is very important. Faculty members learn a great deal about their teaching as well as the content and organization of their courses. The feedback provided is closely followed by the College Deans, Department Chairs and other senior administrators to assess the educational experience at Emerson and better inform personnel and curricular decisions. We need student feedback to make this process a success.

Course evaluations are used in many ways:

  • By all students, to gain early access to their grades each term
  • By professors, to improve their teaching
  • By deans and department chairs, in evaluating faculty
  • By award committees, in selecting teaching award winners
  • By departments and committees, in evaluating candidates for tenure and promotion

Revision of Course Evaluation Form

2015-16 Course Evaluation Committee Members

  • Amy Ansell, Dean of Liberal Arts
  • Vinoth Jagaroo, Communication Sciences & Disorders
  • Robert Todd, Visual and Media Arts
  • Amy Vashlishan Murray, Institute for Liberal Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies

Consultants

  • Michael Duggan, Institutional Research
  • Eiki Satake, Institute for Liberal Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Kelly Farquharson, Communication Sciences & Disorders

2014-15 Course Evaluation Committee Members

  • Lori Beth Way, Academic Affairs
  • Erika Williams, Institute for Liberal Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Robert Todd, Visual and Media Arts
  • Amy Vashlishan Murray, Institute for Liberal Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies

Course Evaluation Draft Review Process

Note: Versions referenced in table can be seen in Course Evaluation Drafts.

AY2013-2014 Collection of data from student focus groups, research of best practices at other institutions, initial draft course evaluation instrument (Version 1)
October 2014 Revisions based on consultation with Deans' Council (Version 2)
November 2014 Revisions based on consultation with Faculty Council (Version 3)
February 2015 Revisions based on consultation with Academic Cabinet (Version 4)
March 2015 Revisions based on consultations with Student Government Association (SGA) and Affiliated Faculty (Version 5)
October 2015 Departmental discussions of Version 6 draft
December 2015 Departmental discussions of Version 7 draft

Course Evaluation Drafts

Course Evaluation Sub-Committee Reports

Course evaluation schedule

Fall 2015
Open December 1, 2015
Close January 4, 2016

The dates for Spring 2016 and Summer 2016 will be posted at a later date.

Course evaluation instrument

Instructions for students

  1. Sign into eCommon: https://ecommon.emerson.edu/
  2. From the ’Academics’ or ‘Student Services’ tab you should see a channel labeled ‘Course Evaluations’
  3. Click ‘here’ to sign into your course evaluations
  4. Review your responses to the survey items making sure that your responses and comments are intended for the instructor and the course

The responses you provide will remain confidential. Faculty will not have access to the evaluations until after grades are posted and the online application being used to collect responses prevents faculty from seeing any names, ID numbers, or any other identifying student information when viewing the evaluation.

Instructions for faculty (Fall 2014 and beyond)

  1. Sign into eCommon: https://ecommon.emerson.edu/
  2. Click the ‘Faculty’ tab
  3. Under the ‘Faculty Tools’ there will be two links:
    1. Course Evaluations
    2. Course Evaluations (Pre Fall 2014) 
  4. Click ‘Course Evaluations’ to enter Evaluation Kit for course evaluations from Fall 2014 forward
  5. Sign into Evaluation Kit using your ECnet and password

Detailed instructions for logging into the Evaluation Kit and accessing reports are contained in this PDF file.

Instructions for faculty (Pre-Fall 2014)

Accessing Response Rate when evaluations are in progress

  1. Sign into eCommon: https://ecommon.emerson.edu/
  2. From the ‘Faculty’ tab you should see a channel labeled ‘Faculty Tools’. 
  3. Click on the ‘Course Evaluations’ link and a new browser window or browser tab will open.
  4. Once the ‘Course Evaluations’ page appears you can click ‘Participation’ to review the current response rate of your evaluations.

Accessing course evaluations

  1. Sign into eCommon: https://ecommon.emerson.edu/
  2. From the ‘Faculty’ tab you should see a channel labeled ‘Faculty Tools’
  3. Click on the ‘Course Evaluations’ link and a new browser window or browser tab will open.
  4. Once the ‘Course Evaluations’ page appears, select the term you want to review from the drop-down list and click the "Review Evaluations" button.
  5. Clicking on a course will bring you to the summary of student responses for that course

Errors

If you discover you’ve made a mistake on your evaluation after submitting it, please email academic_affairs@emerson.edu.

contact information

If you have any questions about course evaluations, please contact academic_affairs@emerson.edu.