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Mercury Online Manuals

These manuals show you how to access and use the online course evaluation system, Mercury.

End-of-Course Evaluations

McGill University values quality in the courses it offers its students. End-of-course evaluations provide valuable student feedback and are one of the ways that McGill works towards maintaining and improving the quality of courses and the student learning experience. Student involvement in this process is critical to enhance the general quality of teaching and learning.

Interpretation of Results

The following documents (Interpreting End-of-Course Evaluation Results and Course Evaluations: Information for Students) were prepared with three goals in mind:

Mercury Definitions

Mercury graph report definitions

Display of course evaluation results


Total Number of Completed Evaluations

The number of students who submitted evaluations.

Total Enrollment in Course

The number of students enrolled in the course.

Help with Mercury

For Students, Faculty and Staff

Questions regarding course evaluation content, process or policy   
Contact the Mercury System Administrator at mercury [dot] info [at] mcgill [dot] ca (subject: Mercury%20Course%20Evaluations) .
Technical Support for Minerva/Mercury

Recommended Pool of Questions

Each academic unit may select up to 21 of the recommended pool of questions when designing their course evaluations: the Academic Unit may include up to 18 questions and the instructor(s) may include up to 3 questions:

Recommended Pool of Questions [EN].pdf

Ensemble de questions recommandé pour les cours et les instructeurs [FR].pdf

Preparation of Questionnaires

Each Faculty will determine whether a Faculty-wide questionnaire will be used for the different course types, e.g., lectures and labs.

Administration & Procedures

The course evaluation procedure described respects the Senate policy on end-of-term course evaluations approved on 23 April 2014.

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Linking questions to teaching and learning

The IDEA Center is a nonprofit organization which provides assessment, development and other resources to colleges and universities worldwide. It has produced, in collaboration with POD (The Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education), an extremely useful series of articles written by respected experts in teaching and learning in higher education, specifically linking questionnaire items to relevant aspects of teaching and learning.