UO Online Course Student Experience Survey
Your Feedback Matters!
The information students provide in UO surveys are extremely important.
- Faculty use the information to improve their courses and teaching methods, and to determine whether course content is meeting the needs of their students.
- Department chairs review survey data to assess both their faculty, and the value of courses offered in their department.
- University committees the data as part of faculty reviews, to determine promotion and tenure.
- Other students use the ratings available to them, to choose courses to add to their schedule.
University of Oregon evaluates all courses using an online system through CollegeNet. This system allows students to confidentially rate their UO learning experience. Two days after the deadline for faculty grade submission, the ratings and feedback from course surveys become available to UO faculty and administrators.
Faculty can access their own course surveys through the Course Surveys link in Duckweb DuckWeb. Note: The course survey link is not a tab. It is a link on the landing page once logged in.
Click the "Course Surveys" link
Beginning Fall 2007, the University of Oregon implemented an online course evaluation system purchased from CollegeNet, Inc., to replace the Scantron evaluation forms formerly in use.
The system was launched as a pilot for Fall 2007 and included all regular undergraduate and graduate courses in Math, Political Science, and Business (individualized study courses were excluded). A total of 373 courses taught by 191 faculty were included in this pilot group.
The University Senate took up the issue of Course Evaluation in spring 2017, and teams of faculty and students, along with support from the Office of the Provost and Senate leadership, have been reimagining how student feedback is received and used for continuous improvement of teaching, as well as evaluation. For current information see the Office of the Provost’s webpage about revising UO's evaluation of teaching.
Current Scheduling of Surveys
Beginning with the Winter 2008 term, all courses are evaluated using the online system each term, except overseas or individualized study courses. Summer differs because courses begin and end on over 200 different schedules. Starting summer 2019, only courses ending in weeks 4, 8, and 12 are evaluated. This allows for more than 90% of summer courses to be evaluated.
For students on the main campus, the Midway Student Experience survey opens at 8am on the Monday of week 4 and closes at 6pm on Friday. The End-of-Term Student Experience Survey opens at 8am on the Monday of week 10 and closes at 6pm on Friday. For Law Semester, the Midway Student Experience survey opens at 8am on the Monday of week 7 and closes at 6pm on Friday. The End-of-Term Student Experience Survey opens at 8am on the Monday of week 15 and closes at 6pm on Friday. University Senate legislation set these survey periods. Again, Summer term is different. Please refer to the online course survey calendar for more information on Summer term/semester surveys.
When the Course Student Experience Surveys are Open
Students are notified via their UO email when the online system opens and are sent reminders during the survey period. You must have a UO email account set up or you will not receive these reminder emails.
Students log into the course survey system through DuckWeb, and then pass securely through a portal to the CollegeNet servers, where their Survey data is gathered and maintained per faculty legislation. Anonymity is protected, and access to the results tightly controlled through security permissions per faculty legislation.
During the survey period, students who have not completed or opted out of (declined) each of their course surveys are sent an email reminder, asking that they log in and finish their surveys. Courses that have not yet been evaluated are listed in the email reminders. Student can also view incomplete surveys in DuckWeb.
Data Availability: after the Course Student Experience Surveys are closed
After grades are processed, online survey data becomes available to faculty. Faculty are notified via email when reports are ready for viewing. Faculty log into the system through DuckWeb, clicking on the Course Surveys link on the main menu landing page, which allows them to pass securely through to the CollegeNet servers to view the survey data.
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Student Experience Survey Questions
In Fall 2019, new Student Experience Survey replaced old Course Evaluations.
Both the Midway and End-of-Term Student Experience Surveys ask students to provide feedback on a list of important teaching and learning elements including:
Assignments or projects
Relevance of the course content
Clarity of assignment instructions and grading
Level of challenge
Support from the instructor
Opportunities for student interaction
Students provide feedback on whether each of these elements is "beneficial", "neutral", or "in need of improvement" for their learning. Then, students select one element that is "most beneficial for their learning" and one element that is "most in need of improvement for their learning" and provide specific qualitative feedback about each.
Students also provide feedback about their own engagement in the learning process, including how often they attended class, how many hours per week they spent outside of class, and how many times they met with the instructor outside of class.
Student feedback on the Midway Student Experience Survey is only available to the instructor, and provides an opportunity for mid-course adjustments or for clarifying goals and expectations with students. Student feedback from the End-of-Term Student Experience Survey is available to the instructor, unit head and various review committees such as for tenure, promotion or awards.