Miller, Judith E.
A course evaluation and its analysis provides information that is very useful to students, to instructors, and to the institution that employs it. Currently, Worcester Polytechnic Institute utilizes a course evaluation for the purpose of recording the performance of instructors, providing information to students, tenure review and future course design. It was the purpose of this Interactive Qualifying Project to improve the current evaluation form, and the process by which it is analyzed, with the students' opinions in mind. This was done via a questionnaire that was sent to a sample of the student population. The questionnaire inquired about the importance of various aspects of course design and the characteristics of the instructor in relation to the satisfaction of the student and to the student's perception of overall amount of learning that takes place. The results of these questionnaires provide a basis for assessing the relative importance of each question on the proposed form. With the students' opinions at hand, we chose to assign a weight to each question and use it in the compilation of the new evaluations form. Data gathered from our surveys, and information concluded on by previous researchers will aid in the development of a new course evaluation form for WPI.
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