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Making Course Evaluations More Meaningful

by Derek Bruff, CFT Director Course evaluations for spring semester courses begin today. When I served on the Provost’s Committee on the Evaluation of Teaching a couple of years ago, I found that instructors commonly face two challenges when it comes to course evaluations: motivating students to complete them (and thus increasing response rates) and…

Posted on April 11, 2016 in Resource,


Interpreting and Making Sense of Course Evaluations

As the semester draws to a close, our students are given the opportunity to provide us with potentially valuable feedback on our teaching and its effects on their learning.  You may find it challenging, however, to interpret what your end-of-semester course evaluations mean and decide how to act on them. The CFT can help.  A…

Posted on December 22, 2014 in News, , ,


Ask Professor Pedagogy: Student Evaluations

Ask Professor Pedagogy is a twice monthly advice column written by Center for Teaching staff. One aspect of our mission is to cultivate dialogue about teaching and learning, so we welcome questions and concerns that arise in the classroom; particularly those from Vanderbilt faculty, students, and staff. If you have a question that you’d like Professor P…

Posted on September 21, 2012 in Commentary, ,


Upcoming Event: Going Public with Teaching Evaluations

Join us for this upcoming Conversation on Teaching! Going Public with Teaching Evaluations Date & Time: Tuesday, September 25 4:10-5:30pm   Beginning this Fall, Vanderbilt students will have access to quantitative information from course evaluations so that they may be more informed about their choices of instructors and classes.  This is part of a larger…

Posted on September 18, 2012 in Events, ,


Interpreting and Making Sense of Course Evaluations

As the semester draws to a close, our students are given the opportunity to provide us with a potentially valuable source of feedback on our teaching and its effects on their learning.  You may find it challenging, however, to interpret what your end-of-semester course evaluations mean and decide how to act on them. The CFT…

Posted on December 14, 2011 in News, , ,


What Should You Do When Student Evaluations Are Wrong?

by Derek Bruff, Assistant Director Over on the ProfHacker blog today, Vanderbilt PhD alumna Heather Whitney shares her recent experience discovering that students were saying things on her end-of-course feedback survey that were verifiably incorrect. Several students complained that they felt it unfair that they weren’t told how their final projects were going to be…

Posted on March 10, 2011 in News, , ,


Better Course Evaluation Forms?

This week’s Chronicle of Higher Education features an article on efforts around the country to improve the course evaluation forms students complete at the end of each semester.  Ideas for improvement mentioned in the article inclue: Mechanisms by which departments and instructors can customized the standard forms used in their schools, such as those provided…

Posted on April 29, 2010 in News,