What is CoursEval?
- The course evaluation system is designed to protect your confidentiality. Your names are never associated with your responses, and instructors do not see any results of the anonymous course evaluations until after final grades are posted.
- At that time, instructors see compiled results, and open-ended written comments are provided exactly as you wrote them. They never see names and are unable to see which students filled out the surveys.
- Student feedback on course evaluations is read thoroughly by instructors, department chairpersons, associate deans, Dean, and university administrators and is included in annual reviews of faculty. When most or all students complete the surveys, this information is more reliable.
- Your feedback helps your instructors know how their teaching methods connected with you and your learning in positive and negative ways. Your feedback helps them make decisions about how they’ll run the course in the future (both what they should keep doing and where they might consider revision.)
What kind of feedback is helpful?
Instructors often find students’ written comments the most valuable element of course evaluations. To help your teachers get the most out of your end-of-semester feedback, keep the following in mind:
- Remember that you are writing to your instructor. Your feedback can influence the ways they teach this course in the future.
- Specific, constructive suggestions that focus on your learning are far more useful than general critiques. See below for examples you can phrase your feedback to help your instructors understand how their instructional choices helped or hindered your learning. Both positive and negative feedback is more helpful when you are specific.
- Comments that are not related to your learning diminish the value of your feedback. For example, it is not helpful to comment on your instructor’s appearance, personality, gender, race/ethnicity
Less helpful: Vague critique or praise
More helpful: Specific suggestions that could improve your learning or explanations of why the course helped you learn
Consider these additions to help your instructors better understand what you mean.
"I was bored."
"I was bored..." Consider rephrasing as...
...Nearly all classes included only lectures, and a short break would help me pay attention for the full lecture.
...Nearly all classes included only lectures, but we need more time for student questions or practice solving problems during lectures.
...Nearly all classes included only lectures, and I would learn more if I got more hands-on practice.
"The readings were redundant."
"The readings were redundant." Consider rephrasing as...
...I didn't understand why we read so many different articles on the same topic.
...Could you offer more guidance on what we're supposed to look for in the readings?
"Discussions were awesome!"
"Discussions were awesome!" Even positive comments aren't as helpful without being specific. Consider rephrasing as...
...I loved how you created an environment where students were willing to share perspectives and disagree.
...It was really helpful that you kept notes on the board during our discussions.
...I really liked the variety of ways we had class discussions.
To access MyCoursEval, be sure you follow the UMSL link and use your SSOID to sign into MyCoursEval. Here, students can take surveys, retake closed surveys, and see open/completed surveys.
Course evaluations will open and close on the following schedule, and faculty will have access to results three days after the official grade submission due date:
16 Week Courses:
8 Week 1 Courses:
8 Week 2 Courses:
Summer Session 1
Summer Session 2
Summer Session 3
Summer Session 4
Summer Session 5
Summer Session 6
All other 4-week courses should schedule course evaluations in the last five days of the course.
The following document contains all the different features that can be accessed through MyCoursEval. Some features are not accessible to you based on your role as a student.
After a student logs into MyCoursEval, if they have surveys to take, they will be placed on the My Surveys landing page. Students will be able to see surveys available to them. By clicking on a survey they have not completed, they will be able to take that survey for that course. Under the Surveys tab, students can also see available surveys, surveys they completed, and surveys they missed. They will not be able to retake previously completed surveys nor will they be able to take surveys that they missed.