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What is EvaluationKIT?

EvaluationKIT is a simple, robust course evaluation system that plugs directly into an LMS (Blackboard) and provides completely anonymous student feedback. All end-of-semester course and faculty evaluations will delivered via EvaluationKIT. Visit EvaluationKIT's website to view its features. *Note: You do not have to be teaching a course in Blackboard in order for students to complete the evaluations.

How does EvaluationKIT work?

EvaluationKIT uses a survey and a project. First, the survey is created, and then a survey is attached to a project. Once the project is deployed, students will have two weeks at the end of the semester to complete their course evaluations. Students and faculty will receive an automated email indicating when the evaluation period is open. Typically, the evaluation period will open during the last two weeks of the semester prior to the first day of final exams. All survey responses are anonymous. Instructors will not have access to survey responses until grades have been reported. Administrators will be given access to the survey results before instructors are given access.

What happens during an evaluation period?

To see what students experience when the evaluation period opens, please visit EvaluationKIT information for students.

1. When the evaluation period begins, instructors will receive an email indicating that the period as begun. The email will contain a direct link that will take the instructor to their EvaluationKIT Survey Dashboard.

Survey Period Open

2. Alternatively, when the period is open, An EvaluationKIT module appears on your Blackboard Home Page. It's called "EvaluationKIT Course Evaluations." It will appear on the right side of the page.

EvaluationKIT Blackboard Module

3. If you click on "Click here to access your EvaluationKIT dashboard" or the survey link in your email, you will be taken to your EvaluationKIT dashboard. The dashboard will provide a link to your Response Rate Tracker. 

 Survey Dashboard

4. Click on the link to see the 'End-of-Semester Instructor/Course Evaluation" link to see course response rates for ach course. The tracker will help you keep track of the response rates of your course. Use the Response Rate Tracker to help you encourage students to complete their evaluations.

Responses

Reporting in EvaluationKIT

5. Once the evaluation period has closed, administrators and instructors will receive an email. The email will contain a link to their EvaluationKIT survey dashboard. Click on the link within the email to go to your survey dashboard. The survey dashboard contains a course link for each of your courses. *Note: Administrators will gain access to evaluation results when the evaluation period ends. Instructors will receive access to results the day after grade reporting deadline.

Access Survey Results

6. Clicking on the course link will take you to a new page. On that page, you can download survey results. Select the download icon under "Report." You can then download a PDF report, and raw data via Excel Spreadsheet.

Download Project Results

7. EvaluationKIT provides report generation via PDF file and raw data file via Excel Spreadsheet. If instructors wish to conduct more statistical measurements of the results, the raw data can be imported into statistical software packages such as SPSS.

The PDF report contains mean and standard deviations for each question. Mean ranges are flagged/color-coded: green = mean between 4.00 and 5.00, yellow = mean between 3.00 and 3.99, and red = mean between 0 and 2.99. It also contains benchmarks comparing departmental results to university-wide results. An overall mean-of-means calculation is also provided.

Download an example of a PDF report. (This is only a sample.)

Download an example of raw data, along with additional statistics conducted manually inside Excel.

Download the survey evaluation questions that will be used this semester (Fall 2016)

Administrators (deans, associate deans, department chairs/heads) are able to create different types of reports in EvaluationKIT. Deans and Associate Deans can create school-wide level reports and department level reports. Department chairs/heads can create department-level reports. Administrators also have the ability to create course section level reports, and instructor specific reports. Download this tutorial to learn how to generate the different types of reports. 

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Do I have to be teaching a course in Blackboard for EvaluationKIT to work?

Answer: No. EvaluationKIT generates a survey and a survey link for your course, whether you use Blackboard or not.

2. Does my Blackboard course need to be made “Available” in Blackboard for EvaluationKIT to work?

Answer: No. EvaluationKIT generates a survey for courses marked “Available” and “Not Available.”

3. Can an instructor add their own questions?

Answer: Yes, but not at this time. For the pilot, the option is turned off. In the future, instructors will have the ability to add up to 5 of their own questions to the survey. However, each department/school will decide whether to allow this option or not.

4. Can an administrator add their own questions?

Answer: Yes, but not at this time. For the pilot, the option is turned off. In the future, administrators will have the ability to add up to 5 of their own questions to the survey. However, each department/school will decide whether to allow this option or not.

5. Can my students complete the survey with mobile devices?

Answer: Yes. Students can use any Android or Mac device to complete the survey. **However, students must open a browser (Safari, Firefox, Chrome, etc.), and login to Blackboard inside the browser. The browser’s popup blocker must also be turned OFF. The Bb Student App will not work.

6. Are student responses anonymous?

Answer: Yes, student responses are completely anonymous. EvaluationKIT does NOT provide data that directly connects survey responses to a specific student.

7. Tip: For courses with 5 students or less, you may consider not requiring your students to complete the survey.

For further information or EvaluationKIT support, please contact online@jsu.edu.

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