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

Course Evaluation Draft Review Process

Early November Draft to Academic Cabinet
November Draft to Faculty Council
December Collect Department Feedback
Collect Adjunct Faculty Feedback
January Collect SGA Feedback
February Revised draft to Departments, Adjunct Faculty, Faculty Council, and Academic Cabinet
March Draft incorporating review of February feedback to Faculty Assembly
Final draft to SGA and all faculty

Course Evaluation Committee Members

Amy Vashlishan Murray, Assistant Professor, Institute for Liberal Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies

Robert Todd, Associate Professor and Associate Chair, Department of Visual and Media Arts

Erika Williams, Assistant Professor, Institute for Liberal Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies

Lori Beth Way, Academic Affairs representative

Course evaluation schedule

The course evaluation schedule for Academic Year 2014-2015 is currently being reviewed.

Course evaluation instrument

Instructions for students

  1. Sign into eCommon: https://ecommon.emerson.edu/
  2. From the ‘Student Services’ tab you should see a channel labeled ‘Course Evaluations’. 
  3. Click on the 'Submit Course and Instructor Evaluations' link in that channel.
  4. Review your responses to the survey items making sure that your responses and comments are intended for the instructor and the course identified at the top of the screen.

The responses you provide will remain confidential. Faculty will not have access to the evaluations until after grades are submitted 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

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.

Food For Thought

Connect with your professor outside the classroom!

The Food for Thought Program provides undergraduate students an opportunity to discuss class work, career aspirations, or just learn more about your faculty mentors.


FREE
Even without a meal plan. Each Semester, students can take one faculty member to a meal for free. Simply swipe your card to pay for the meal and bring a meal ticket for the faculty member.

EASY
This option is available in the Little Building dining hall. You receive two meals (you and your faculty guest) for this program a semester.


Regardless of whether you have a meal plan, two additional meals will available to you and accessible through your student ID. When you bring a faculty member to lunch, you’ll swipe your ID twice and then the faculty swipes their ID as well.

Please download this flyer for an invitation and conversation starters.