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Course Evaluations

To foster the continual improvement of courses and student learning, Regent University needs and values the input of all students for a balanced evaluation. Consequently, university policy requires that all students submit the following course evaluation form. Course evaluations are an essential element for continued professional development and course improvement. They offer students a means to provide input for assessing and improving course design and teaching performance. End-of-course evaluations are the University's standard confidential course evaluation method and will be taken into account during your annual faculty review. Each school may add additional questions.

These course evaluations will first be reviewed by your dean(s) and then made available to you after grades for the course have been submitted. Use these evaluations to improve your course and even revise the course syllabus, when appropriate. Please read the official Course Evaluation policy for more information.

Students assess their instructors and courses in: course competencies; content and instructional methodology; faculty mentoring; and Biblical perspectives and advisement. Students are also encouraged at any point during the semester to offer comments that may be helpful to the improvement or refinement of the course (Eph 5: 21). Course evaluations are required for all students to complete. Please explain to your students that the system will put a hold on grades until the evaluation is completed.

Example of a course evaluation:

I. Background Items - Please provide the following information regarding you and this course.

  1. How was this course delivered?
    1 - entirely face-to-face, 2 - mostly face-to-face, 3 - equal amount of face-to-face and online, 4 - mostly online, 5 - entirely online
  1. How many instructors taught this course?
    1 - one, 2 - two, 3 - three, 4 - more than three
  1. Before enrolling, my interest in the subject matter of this course can be described as:
    1 - high, 2 - medium, 3 - low
  1. Now, my interest in the subject matter of this course can be described as:
    1 - high, 2 - medium, 3 - low
  1. For me, this course was:
    1 - required, 2 - elective, 3 - unknown
  1. Before enrolling, I was already familiar with the following content/skills covered by this course:
    1 - all, 2 - most, 3 - fair amount, 4 - some, 5 - none
  1. The amount of time I devoted to this course during a typical week was:
    1 - 0 to 1 hour, 2 - 2 to 5 hours, 3 - 6 to 10 hours, 4 - 11 to 15 hours, 5 - 16 to 20 hours, 6 - 21 and over hours
  1. The amount of my learning in this course compared to other courses I completed can best be described as:
    1 - more than any other course, 2 - more than most courses, 3 - about the same as most courses, 4 - less than most courses, 5 - no learning

II. Closed-ended Rating Items - Rate the following questions on a scale from 1 (Strongly Disagree) to 5 (Strongly Agree). If the question does not apply to you or to the course, choose Not Applicable.

  1. The course was well organized.
  2. The instructor set clear goals for student learning.
  3. The instructor clearly explained the subject matter when needed.
  4. The instructor did an effective job integrating Biblical principles and worldview into the content of this course.
  5. The instructor demonstrated respect for cultural and ethnic differences.
  6. The instructor was responsive to my academic needs.
  7. The instructor encouraged class discussion.
  8. The instructor interacted effectively with students.
  9. The instructor was available to students.
  10. The instructor used reasonable methods to evaluate learning.
  11. The instructor provided timely feedback.
  12. The instructor inspired enthusiasm in the subject matter.
  13. The instructor encouraged students to reach higher levels of intellectual achievement.
  14. Overall, the instructor was an effective teacher.
  15. Overall, the course was a valuable learning experience.
  16. Overall, this course helped promote the mission of Regent University to educate Christian leaders to change the world.
  17. Overall, this course helped provide me with an excellent education from a Biblical perspective.

III. Open-ended Rating Items - Answer the following questions as concisely as possible.

  1. What one element of this course do you think was most essential? Why?
  2. What element would you want to remove from this course? Why?
  3. What was your most significant learning experience in this course?
  4. How, if at all, should the instructor change the course to strengthen student Christ-like global competence?
  5. Are there any additional comments you wish to make about this course or the instructor?