Information for Instructors

Looking for Instructor reports?

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.

Evaluation Process Overview

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 will receive another email when the evaluation is available to 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 also receive an email when the evaluation is available. They can access their evaluation in Canvas or by clicking the link in their email, or by going directly to Blue

Instructors receive a final email at the end of the semester when reports are available.  The grade roster for the course must be posted in Wolverine Access before the report is available.  

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.  

Reports

There are four standard reports:

  • Instructor with Comments Report - a combined summary report that includes both quantitative ratings and student comments;

  • Instructor Report - a summary that tabulates all quantitative ratings on a single page;

  • Individual Response Report - a detailed report that displays individual student ratings and comments.

  • Graphical Response Report – a summary report that displays results in a graphical format

Improving Teaching — Strategies and Resources

Resources to assist you with interpreting or making use of your results:

Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT) – Faculty Consultations

Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT) – Teaching Strategies & Resources

Contact Information

Office of the Registrar – Evaluations
LS&A Suite 5000
500 South State Street
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1382
734-763-2622
ro.evaluations@umich.edu