Course Evaluations on NEO
Type of technology: NEO, online learning management system
SAMR Model Rating: Augmentation
Grade level: jr. high & high school
Subject area: all subjects
It’s that time of year again. The students are getting fidgety, the teachers are ready to pack away their classrooms, the weather is getting warmer (unless you live in Santa Barbara’s where “May grey” has set in), and we are all ready for summer! But teachers wait! There is one more important task that we should all do. Course evaluations! It is important that we take the time to ask the students what they thought of our courses. Course evaluations are an great way to see how your students connected with you and with the curriculum. It is a tool (definitely not the only tool) to reflect on our teaching and listen to our students. It is a tool that can help us tweak our classroom management, our techniques for relating with students, and our curriculum. Finally, it is a sign of respect to the students that they were valuable members of the classroom community and have a important voice. In all the years I have been giving course evaluations, I have learned so much from my students comments, and encourage us all to take the time to hear what our students think of our courses.
NEO as a tool for course evaluations!
NEO is a great tool for offering course evaluations. You can make it anonymous, you can give students a few points for taking the evaluations, and the evaluations are very easy to read. Here four easy steps to create and then read your course evaluations.
Step One: Create the assignment. Start by creating an assignment. I suggest that the assignment you create is a “survey” assignment.
A survey assignment automatically gives the students points if they complete the assignment. I suggest that you give students two attempts and allow them to turn it in late. You will definitely get more students to complete the assignment if you allow these two things.
Step Two: Make it anonymous. The most important part is that you make it anonymous, which you can do by going to the “options” tab and clicking on anonymous. You will be able to see all the answers, but they are not tied to a students name.
Step Three: Create the questions. The next thing you need to do is to create the questions. At the end of this blog I will list the questions I ask my students. For now, This is where you can create questions.
I suggest that you choose freeform questions so that students can write as much as they want. When you are done creating the questions, don’t forget to “give” the assignment.
Step Four: Read the students’ answers. After the students have completed the course evaluation, it is very easy to go back and read. Open the assignment and select the “analytics” tab.
Under each questions, you will see every student’s answer.
My course evaluation questions:
Here are some of the question I use for all the different courses I teach. Of course you can create questions that are more content specific for your individual courses.
- Overall, how well do you feel this course was designed?
- What has been the best or most valuable thing we’ve done in the course?
- What has been the least valuable thing we have done in this course?
- How was the instructor?
- Instructor’s strengths?
- Instructor’s weaknesses?
- How prepared do you feel for the AP Government exam? (obviously modify this question for your course)