Student opinion survey
The CoursEval portal is a secure web-based system for conducting end-of-course student opinion surveys to evaluate the effectiveness of courses and faculty. The purpose of CoursEval is to produce valid scores for measuring teaching effectiveness in a standard way across all course sections at the University. The scores can be applied to a continuous improvement model that shows individual instructor growth over time. CoursEval is one part of a comprehensive evaluation of faculty.
Survey availability dates
|Session||Survey Open (12:01 AM)||Survey Close (11:59pm)||Report Available|
|1st 5 week||6/22/2022||6/27/2022||7/8/2022|
|2nd 5 week||7/27/2022||8/1/2022||8/11/2022|
Resources and references
- Working Group Final Report
- Survey Questions
- Using Survey Intelligence Reporting (for administrators)
- CoursEval Portal Features
Frequently Asked Questions
Are survey submissions confidential? How can students send proof of completion? Accordion Closed
By default, student names are confidential. A student may elect to “Send Proof” to the instructor, if the instructor requests, by going to nau.edu/course_evals > Surveys > Completed Surveys > Send Proof link in the Date/Time Completed column.
How are students informed about evaluations? Accordion Closed
An initial email is sent to students on the day the evaluation opens. A follow-up email is sent as a reminder every 5 days to any student who hasn’t completed their surveys. Additionally, there is a MyCoursEval module on course dashboards of BBLearn.
How do I get technical support or request admin access? Accordion Closed
Students can contact the Student Technology Center at (928) 523-9294, (888) 520-7215, or Ask-STC@nau.edu.
Faculty/staff may contact e-Learning at (928) 523-5554, (866) 802-5256, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
How are evaluation dates determined? Accordion Closed
Survey dates are relative to the length of the course and the course end date. If the class ends during finals week, the survey closes the Sunday before finals at 11:59pm. Otherwise, the survey closes two day prior to the class end date. The length of the survey is approximately 3/16th the length of the course. Thus, the survey for a standard 16-week course starts the Monday three weeks prior to finals week. The survey dates of standard class sessions for the current semester are shown above.
Best practice is that the surveys are closed before the final exam, and, similarly, the report results are only available after grades are posted.
When are results available? Accordion Closed
Results release according to the grade posting dates of the current semester (see registrar’s important dates). When a class end date is beyond finals week, results are available a week after the class ends.
How should reports/scores be used? Accordion Closed
- Caution should be used when automatically reporting student opinion survey scores.
- Scores and comments should be used as one of multiple measures of effective instruction.
- A composite score (mean of mean) is not a valid measure and should not be used to evaluate an instructor.
- Possibly consider the mode for items, as an item mean is easily skewed by even one extreme low or high score.
- In some cases, an instructor has no control over course or syllabus design so scores from these questions should not be used to evaluate instructors who do not design the materials.
Are there incentives given to students for completing their surveys? Accordion Closed
The Office of the Provost does not offer student incentives for completion of their course evaluations.
Which classes are evaluated in CoursEval? Accordion Closed
Classes that have an instructor marked for evaluation in the Schedule of Classes Meeting Pattern are evaluated in CoursEval, with some course exclusions (below). By default, Primary Instructors are marked for evaluation, and SIs or TAs are not.
These courses do not get evaluated in CoursEval whether or not the evaluation checkbox is checked (except when a unit has requested an exception):
208 Fieldwork Experience
279 Introductory Undergraduate Research
389 Cooperative Education
408 Fieldwork Experience
466 Legislative Internship
485 Undergraduate Research
497 Independent Study
566 Legislative Internship
597 Reading for Comprehensive Exam
608 Fieldwork Experience
685 Graduate Research
689 Final Project
697 Independent Study