APPENDIX C
SUPPLEMENTARY COURSE EVALUATION QUESTIONS

At the end of each term, students will be filling out evaluations of each of your courses.  The evaluations consist of a list of multiple-choice questions, plus several general questions to which students can write in responses.  There may be other things you would like to know about as well, tailored more precisely to a particular course.  By all means, write up your own evaluation and give this out to students as well.  If you do this on the same day as the college's evaluations, you'll need to leave a significant chunk of class time for students to fill them out.  Giving the students class time to write these is essential--you won't get very many back if you ask students to do them out of class and send them to you.  After you gather up the responses to your individualized questions, put them aside so that you don't look at them until after the term is over.

It can be even more helpful to solicit student responses to a course early in the term, when you can actually still make changes in the course in response to student comments. If doing an evaluation early in the term, ithelpful to discuss the results with the students.

SAMPLE QUESTIONS FOR AN END-OF-TERM COURSE EVALUATION

What aspects of this course did you find the most valuable?

What aspects of this course did you find the least valuable? (Please add any suggestions for improvement that you might have.)

Please add any other comments you might have about:

the instructor:
writing assignments/papers:
reading assignments (in general):
exams/quizzes/problem sets:
class discussion:
in-class group work:

Did the course affect your thinking about subjects you're studying at Knox? How so?

Did the course affect your thinking about your own life? How so?

If this course is offered again, would you recommend it to others?

yes____ maybe____ no____

Rate the readings on a scale of 1 to 5 where 1 means "this reading was very valuable in the course; be sure to assign it again." and 5 means "this reading was of little value in the course; don't use again." (Mark with a "0" any reading you have not done.) Feel free to add further comments. [Give list of readings.]

The amount of reading assigned in the course is:
easily managable

Challenging but reasonable

impossible to complete
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2
3
4
5
The written assignments are:
very helpful



a waste of time





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2
3
4
5
Comments recieved on assignments so far have been:
very helpful



useless
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2
3
4
5
How would you rate the class discussion so far?
very lively



boring
1
2
3
4
5

helpful to understanding

no help at all
1
2
3
4
5

Please tell me your thoughts on how the class might be better:

The instructor should:

Other students should:

I should:

Is there anything you particularly like about the course the way it is now--something I should be sure to keep the way it is?