Encourage Student Participation

Mercury logoThere are a number of strategies that you can use to encourage your students to complete their course evaluations. Please be mindful that some students may wish to wait until the end of the evaluation period to complete their course evaluations.

Evaluation Dates for Fall 2020

Default Period:

November 12 - December 24

Condensed Period:

November 12 - December 7 (view units)

What can I do?

  1. One of the biggest incentives for students to complete course evaluations is evidence of their importance to you as a Teaching Assistant, especially as you are at the beginning of your teaching career. Some things you can mention:

    • The feedback will help you reflect on and improve your future teaching.

    • Course evaluation feedback is useful for documenting your experience for job applications.

  2. Highlight how previous course evaluation feedback has improved your teaching as a Teaching Assistant. This lets students know that their feedback is taken seriously to improve courses and teaching.

  3. In conference or tutorial sessions, show this 2-minute video on why students should complete their course evaluations.

  4. Make announcements during tutorial, conference, and/or lab sessions. 

  5. Encourage the instructor to add a slide to the PowerPoint slideshows during the evaluation period to remind students about course evaluations being open. Sample slides will be made available.

  6. Include the evaluation period dates in the calendar in myCourses.

    How to add Course Evaluation dates to the myCourses Calendar

    Adding the course evaluation period dates (open and closing) to your myCourses Calendar provides another reminder to students about completing their evaluations.

    1. On your course homepage, click on the drop-down menu next to Calendar and click the Go to Calendar button.
    2. Click the Create Event button.
    3. Enter the Event Title, Description, and include the time details in the When section. In the Description you may wish to include the direct link for students to complete their evaluations.

    Learn more about the Calendar tool.

    Calendar tool to promote course evaluations

  7. Monitor response rates and post regular news announcements with the current response rate on myCourses.

    How to post announcements on myCourses

    The News Tool appears on the Course Homepage and allows you to post announcements to your students. Some announcement ideas include a statement on why you value course evaluation feedback, weekly updates on response rates, and links to resources for students, such as guidelines on providing effective feedback.

    1. On your course homepage, click on the drop-down menu next to News and click the New News Item button.
    2. Enter a Headline and type your message in the Content section.
    3. Click Publish when you are ready to post your announcement.

    Click here to learn more about the News Tool.

    Sample News Announcement:

    Sample news announcement to promote course evaluations

    A video example of one instructor's experience

  8. Send email reminders to your students.

    How to email the class through myCourses

    Sample Email:

    Sample email to students

    Students automatically receive email reminders from the University about completing their course evaluations, but a message from you that communicates the value of course evaluations may be an added incentive for students to complete them.

    myCourses has a feature that allows you to email the entire class at once.

    1. Click on Classlist in your Navigation bar.
    2. Click on the Email Classlist button.
    3. Ensure that the All or Students tab is selected. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click Send Email.
    4. Compose your email in the Body and click Send at the top of the page.

    Learn more about emailing the Classlist.

  9. In consultation with the instructor, ask students to bring their laptops, smartphones, or tablets to class and allow time to complete the evaluations during class. It is most effective to do this at the beginning of the class, or during conferences, tutorials, or labs. You and the instructor should leave the room during this process.

  10. In consultation with the instructor, if you have access to computer labs, you can reserve a time during the evaluation period for students to go and fill them out. You and the instructor should leave the room during this process.


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