Faculty & Student FAQs

When will SAIs be conducted this fall?
We will launch the surveys midnight Monday, November 11, and close them 11:59 PM on Friday, November 22.

Which courses will be evaluated this fall?
We will conduct SAIs in all course sections with enrollments of five or more, with the exception of some types of courses for which student assessment of instruction is not appropriate.

Can faculty exclude some of their courses from SAIs?
This fall 2013 we are implementing a simple, out-of-the-box version of CoursEval, and we aren’t able to exclude courses upon request by individual faculty.

Can departments and college add custom questions to the SAI survey?
Because we’re keeping the inaugural roll-out as simple as possible, custom questions aren’t available this fall. The CourseEval system supports many kinds of customizations, however, and we will activate these advanced features over the next few terms.

Can individual faculty add custom questions to their SAI surveys?
We will activate this advanced feature in a future term.

What questions will be on SAIs this fall?
The same core questions that have appeared on SAIs previously: nine Likert-type items and seven open-ended questions. (SAIs for online courses will not include additional questions; we will use only the 16 core questions.)

How will students be notified it’s time to complete SAIs?
CourseEval will send personalized emails to students asking them to complete the SAIs for their courses. The email will provide a link to the student’s CourseEval portal, which will display only the SAIs he or she needs to complete. Course instructors should also announce that the SAI surveys have opened.

How will students access SAI surveys?
They can open the link in the notification email or go to the D2L site for the course and click the SAI link there.

How will students log in to their CourseEval portals?
They will log in using their ETSU usernames and passwords.

Are SAIs mobile device-friendly?
Yes. The CoursEval software recognizes when a student is answering a survey on a mobile device and displays the survey in a format suited to small touch screens.

Are online SAIs anonymous?
Yes. No matter how students complete an SAI survey—on a computer, on a mobile device or through a D2L site, their responses will be anonymous.

Will students receive reminder emails?
Yes—every three days. You should remind your classes to complete SAIs, too.

Can faculty track SAI response rates for their courses?
Yes. Each faculty member and administrator has a personal CourseEval portal. You will receive an email with a hyperlink to your portal; log in using your ETSU username and password. You may want to bookmark your portal so you can return to it without using the email hyperlink. The portal includes a display of the number and percentage of students who have completed SAI surveys in each of your courses. You will not see which individuals have completed SAIs, however.

Can faculty have students complete SAIs in class, using your mobile devices?
Yes; faculty at many universities do so. Students will access the SAI survey for the class by opening the notification emails they received or by going to the course D2L site. You should announce beforehand when the class will complete SAIs using your mobile devices. Urge students who don’t own mobile devices to complete the SAI on their computers or in any ETSU computer lab.

What kind of response rates can we expect?
That depends a lot on how actively instructors encourage their students to complete SAIs. Faculty encouragement is the single best way to boost response rates. Faculty who actively encourage students to complete SAIs and who show students how they use the results to improve their courses can achieve response rates comparable to those for paper surveys. You can also consider having students complete SAIs in class using mobile devices.

When will faculty and administrators be able to view SAI results?
Each faculty member and administrator has a personal CourseEval portal. You will receive an email announcing that results are available in your portal; log in using your ETSU username and password. You may want to bookmark your portal so you can return to it without using the email hyperlink.

How will faculty and administrators view SAI results?
Each faculty member and administrator has a personal CourseEval portal. You will receive an email announcing that results are available in your portal; log in using your ETSU username and password. You may want to bookmark your portal so you can return to it without using the email hyperlink.

Who can see a faculty member’s SAI results?
The same individuals as before: the faculty member, department chair, dean and vice president.

Can users customize the way SAI results are displayed and run custom data analyses?
Yes, but not in fall 2013. We will roll out many report customization features early in spring 2014.

Will faculty and administrators have access to SAI results from previous terms?
Yes. Faculty and administrators will have continuous access to SAI results from all previous terms in which ETSU used the CourseEval platform.

Will ETSU conduct SAIs in winter and summer terms?
We will administer SAIs in summer 2014 and in winter 2015; details to follow.