What is CoursEval?

  • The end-of-course student feedback survey 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 surveys is read thoroughly by instructors, department chairpersons, associate deans, Deans, 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 connect with you and your learning in positive and negative ways. Your feedback helps them make decisions about how they will 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 end-of-course student feedback surveys. To help your teachers get the most out of your 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, or 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 overwhelmed" or
"I was bored."

Consider rephrasing as...

...The class meetings were full of so much information which is great but I'm lost in all the details. I would benefit from help organizing what I'm learning in each class in some way.

...Nearly all classes included lectures without any pauses, but I need more time for thinking or practice solving problems during lectures. I would learn more if I got more hands-on practice or if I had time to think about the questions the instructor asked me.

...I'm not sure why I'm learning this material. Maybe the instructor can explain to me why these topics are important or matter to us to learn about. It could be helpful to encourage us to try to make connections about what we're learning with other classes we have to take or with our career goals.

"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? I think I'm paying attention to the wrong things because what I focused on wasn't on the exam, and I missed some of the main points.

"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. 

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CoursEval Resources

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.

End-of-course student feedback surveys will open and close on the following schedule, and faculty will have access to results three days after the official grade submission due date.

CoursEval Schedule 2023 - 2024

Session Date Survey Opens to Students Date Survey Closes to Students
Fall Semester: 8-Week 1 October 1, 2023 October 14, 2023
Fall Semester: 8-Week 2 November 27, 2023 December 10, 2023
Fall Semester: 16-Week November 27, 2023 December 10, 2023
Winter Intercession January 9, 2024 January 14, 2024
Spring Semester: 8-Week 1 February 27, 2024 March 10, 2024
Spring Semester: 8-Week 2 April 11, 2024 May 5, 2024
Spring Semester: 16-Week April 11, 2024 May 5, 2024
Summer Session 1 TBA TBA
Summer Session 2 & 4 TBA TBA
Summer Session 3, 5, & 6 TBA TBA

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.

MyCoursEval Portal Features

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.