Online Evaluations Provide Insight to Instructors and Students

Published in MIT News on September 27, 2011 - By Anna Babbi Klein and Robyn Fizz

In the spring of 2011, with the full implementation of online subject evaluations and significant improvements to Who’s Teaching What, MIT moved to an entirely online evaluation system. The new system is more flexible, timely and accurate and eliminates nearly 40,000 paper forms each semester.

Data collected through subject evaluations provide important feedback and a measure of accountability about teaching and learning at MIT. Students use this information to make curricular choices; instructors use it to affirm or adjust their teaching methods; and departments consider it when making decisions about promotions and teaching assignments. The data also provide valuable insights about what is working for students and what they would like to experience in the classroom

This new online system was the result of a four-year collaborative effort between The Office of the Dean for Undergraduate Education (DUE) and Information Services and Technology (IS&T), based on the charter set forth by the Working Group on the Collection of Teaching Data. The system is administered by DUE’s Office of Faculty Support (OFS)...

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