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Class Climate, the web-based course evaluation tool, helps measure an instructor’s achievements in teaching. To create well-designed, valid, reliable, and practical Student Evaluation of Teaching (SET) questionnaires the instruments should:
>> include open- and close-ended questions
>> include intentional measures of both general instructor attributes (e.g. enthusiasm or effectiveness) and specific instructor behaviors (e.g. listening, providing feedback)
>> use consistent scales (e.g., five-points, same direction, 1 = low, 5 = high) and a no-opinion option
>> produce useful feedback to instructors that can inform their teaching
>> can be completed thoughtfully within 10 to 15 minutes
When developing course evaluations consider:
>> How will the student evaluation information be used?
>> Is it important to re-ask demographic information?
>> What types of reports do we need for our department? for the College? for Promotion and Tenure?
>> What types of questions will help achieve professional, departmental, and College goals?
>> How will the findings help us departmentally to recruit students, and promote Iowa State University’s mission?
Once these objectives have been defined the creation of the questionnaire will be easier to accomplish.