Information for Instructors

Accessing Reports

There are three standard reports:

  • Instructor with Comments Report - a combined summary report that includes both quantitative ratings and student comments;
  • Instructor Report - a detailed report that displays quantitative ratings;
  • Individual Response Report - a detailed report that displays individual student ratings and comments.

Reports for any evaluations taken in Spring 2018 or later can be found in Blue. Reports from Fall 2008 through Winter 2018 will be in Faculty Center. If you need a report prior to Fall 2008, please contact ro.evaluations@umich.edu. Please note instructor reports are not available in Canvas.

  • Special Changes to Winter 2020 Teaching Evaluations

    Special Changes to Winter 2020 Teaching Evaluations

    Due to the unexpected shift to remove instruction, several modifications are being made to the Winter 2020 teaching evaluations. The following three questions were added to all end-of-term evaluations:

    • How did the unexpected change to remote course format affect your learning experience in this course this term?
      Responses are quantitative with a scale ranging from "Very Positively Affected" to "Very Negatively Affected".
    • What teaching methods worked well? [e.g. videoconferencing, asynchronous interactions; etc]
      Responses are open-ended.
    • What were your greatest challenges in remote learning for this course? [e.g. internet connectivity; personal motivation; managing life stresses; etc.]
      Responses are open-ended.

    In addition, the eight university-wide questions have been expanded to include space for qualitative comments. Information about these questions can be found on this page under the “Allowable Evaluation Questions” section.

    Results will be shared with instructors for developmental learning. They will not be considered as part of promotion and tenure decisions. Results may be reported through individual school or college reporting systems at the discretion of the dean. Winter 2020 course evaluation data will not be accessible to students through ATLAS, a tool available for students, instructors, and staff to view curriculum data.

    More information about the decisions made to the Winter 2020 evaluations can be found here.

Increasing Response Rates

The following strategies are suggestions that may help to increase your response rates:

  • Encourage your students to take the evaluation by sending an email or talking about the evaluation during class.  If the students know that you will read their feedback and seriously consider changes based on their feedback, they will be more likely to complete the evaluation.  Share a story about how you have used feedback in the past to make changes, if applicable.

  • Ask the students to take the evaluation during the first 10-15 minutes of your last class.  The evaluation system is mobile-friendly, so students can take it on their phones or laptops.

  • Provide a small incentive for completing evaluations.  Examples include making the evaluation an assignment with points attached or offer to give students a bonus point.  The easiest way to do this is to set a targeted response rate, such as providing everyone a bonus point if the entire class reaches a 90% response rate.  Note that the new system does not email students a “receipt”, so if you choose to give points to students individually, ask them to submit a picture, pdf, or printout of their confirmation page.  

Improving Teaching — Strategies and Resources

Resources from the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT) to assist you with interpreting or making use of your results:

Evaluation Process Overview for Instructors

Each school, college, or department has at least one designated administrator who is responsible for ordering evaluations. Evaluations are typically ordered in the first month of a new term. Several weeks prior to the start of the evaluation, instructors will receive an email invitation to preview and optionally add questions.  Instructors can add up to three multiple choice questions (on a scale of Strongly Agree - Strongly Disagree) and up to two open-ended questions. If you are not sure if your department administrator has set up an evaluation for your class, you can log into Blue to see if your evaluation is listed in your ‘Tasks’ section.  

Instructors and students will receive an email once the evaluation is available to the students. This is typically two weeks before the end of the semester for regular term classes. The email will contain a link to view real-time response rates. Students (GSI, TA etc.) who also teach will need to log in as a Central-Campus Instructor in order to see their real-time response rates and reports. Students can access their evaluation in Canvas or by clicking the link in their email, or by going directly to Blue

Instructors will receive an email once the reports are available (in Blue). The grade roster for the course must be posted in Wolverine Access.

For Additional Information

Office of the Registrar – Evaluations
ro.evaluations@umich.edu
Phone: 734-763-2622