Course Evaluations and Adjunct Teaching: #AdjunctChat
I’m guest hosting #AdjunctChat again this week (3/18)! Join in on Tuesday at 4pmET.
End-of-term student evaluations are a common way to ask students for feedback at the course level. The format has changed, at many colleges and universities, from paper and pencil questionnaires to online forms.
As an online adjunct instructor at two universities, I’ve had trouble accessing evaluation results in the past. It can take a long time for the completed forms to be tabulated and distributed to the instructor, and there is often a low response rate. But recently, and quite coincidentally, I received notification from each of my institutions letting me know about new systems that allow me to log in and retrieve all of my past evaluations.
Having access to the information is just the start. Now to figure out how the feedback can be put to practical use. From course revision to future job applications, there are many possibilities. For this week’s #AdjunctChat, we’ll use the following questions to guide the discussion:
- What role do student evaluations play in your adjunct teaching?
- When, how do you receive formal feedback from your students?
- Do you have any specific examples of how these evaluations have been a benefit to you?
- Do you conduct your own course evaluations?
- What are your suggestions for improving the process for adjunct instructors?
What would you like to cover during this chat? Please add your ideas and questions to the comments area below, and plan to join us on Tuesday, March 18th at 4pmET! All are welcome.
UPDATE: Thanks to everyone who participated in this conversation! If you missed the session, the AdjunctChat site will post a transcript and a Storify version is linked below.