Encourage Student Participation

There are a number of strategies that you can use to encourage students in your program 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.

If you have any additional strategies that you would like to share, please mercury.info [at] mcgill.ca (contact us).

What can I do?

  • Communicate the value of course evaluations to all instructors and encourage them to grant permission for students to have access to the numerical portion of course evaluations.

  • Communicate directly by visiting classes and/or emailing students to encourage them to provide feedback through course evaluations. See example from the Dean of Engineering (Fall 2014)

    • Provide examples (while preserving confidentiality) of how you have used previous course evaluation feedback to improve program offerings.

  • Include reminders about course evaluations being open with the direct link to Mercury in emails sent to students in the program. 

  • Post announcements on departmental bulletin boards as well as display screens with the evaluation period dates.

  • Encourage advisers to remind students about the importance of course evaluation feedback during advising appointments with students.

  • Encourage a friendly competition among the instructors in your unit to achieve the highest response rate.

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