Information for Instructors

All courses with five (5) or more students are evaluated using MERCURY. The feedback you obtain from your students through MERCURY course evaluations is one input to an ongoing reflective process that you should engage in to improve your teaching and future offerings of courses.

This page contains resources for instructors on optional mid-course and required end-of-course evaluations, including strategies to encourage student participation and guidelines to help you interpret your course evaluation results.

Did you know?

  • You may add up to three (3) questions to your course evaluation questionnaire. Deadline for Winter 2018: March 12.

  • Granting permission to make your course evaluation results available to students can motivate students to complete their evaluations. Learn more!

  • Manuals are available to help you navigate your Mercury page.

Other Resources

What happens if I notice that a student may have made a mistake while completing their evaluation, in that the comments do not support the numerical ratings?

We are not able to delete course evaluation responses based on the inference of an error. The request to delete a course evaluation response must come directly from a student. Therefore, if you believe there may have been an error, please contact the [at] (Mercury System Administrator) with the course name, CRN, and the response ID of the potentially erroneous response (this can be found by downloading the Excel version of your results).

Teaching and Learning Services will contact all students in the class, inviting them to fill out this form if they believe they may have made the error. If, based on the information provided by the student, we are able to identify the response, the response in its entirety (numerical responses and comments) can be deleted from the evaluation. Note that the student will not be able to resubmit the evaluation.

What happens if a student leaves hateful or discriminatory comments on my course evaluation?

Comments that are determined to be hateful or discriminatory on the basis of gender, sexual identity, race, ethnicity or religion call into question the individual's ability to fairly assess an instructor’s teaching. These comments are antithetical to the principles of equity and inclusivity. They are further unhelpful to an instructor in reviewing and improving their own teaching abilities and strategies, or to that instructor's unit head in supporting their pedagogical development.

Any instructor who receives comments that they believe to meet the characteristics described above may contact the angela.campbell [at] (Associate Provost (Equity & Academic Policies) (APEAP)) to disclose the matter, which shall be treated in confidence. The APEAP and the SSMU Equity Commissioner will assess the anonymized remarks to determine whether these merit deletion of the response. If this is found to be the case, the response in its entirety (numerical responses and comments) will be deleted.

This request can be made at any time and for any Mercury evaluations received during an instructor's time at McGill.

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