The College of Health Sciences and Professions (CHSP) uses a Web-based system called Class Climate that enables students to evaluate its courses during fall, spring and summer semesters. This mostly automated process uses data from the Ohio University Registrar's Office. on courses, instructors and students. Survey response rates typically average about 60 percent and the system is administrated by the CHSP communication director. Some other Ohio University campus units also use Class Climate, including the Russ College of Engineering and the College of Arts and Sciences.
During the 10-day evaluation process, students are emailed a short online survey for each CHSP course they are enrolled in. The surveys are sent to the student's Ohio University email address during the final week of the semester, and recipients are are given until the first day of finals week to take them. Students receive a reminder every three days until they complete all their surveys. All responses to the survey are anonymous.
Courses with fewer than four students are not evaluated, nor are arranged courses, independent studies, internships, practica or field experiences.
There are separate surveys for lectures, labs and seminars. For each of the surveys below, the acceptable answers are as follows::
1. Hardly Ever
5. Almost Always
Part I. Student Quality
- I came to class (or the online learning sessions) prepared, for example, by reading, reviewing notes, or preparing questions.
- I thought critically about the material in this class and independently explored the related topic areas outside of class.
- I played an active part in this course by maintaining focused attention or actively participating in discussions and/or asking questions.
- Irrespective of my grade, my knowledge of the subject matter was increased significantly through this course.
- I asked for help when I needed it.
Part II. Instructor Quality
- The instructor had a well-developed plan for each class (or each online learning session).
- The instructor demonstrated the importance and significance of the subject matter.
- The instructor presented the course material clearly and concisely.
- The instructor displayed concern for students and their learning.
- The instructor challenged me to encourage my learning ability and expand my knowledge.
- Assignments were related to the course goals/objectives/outcomes.
- The course requirements and deadlines were clearly documented, and any revisions were communicated effectively.
- The instructor provided timely feedback/grades on assignments/exams.
- The instructor used additional resources (for example, readings, examples, videos) to help promote learning.
- The classes (or online learning sessions) were productive and well managed by the instructor.
Part III. Instructor Quality and Class Type
The set of questions are asked depending on whether the course is a lab, lecture or seminar.
- The instructor provided opportunities for class questions, comments, and discussion.
- The pace of the delivery of information was just right—not too fast or too slow.
- The instructor displayed enthusiasm for the subject matter.
- While delivering the information, the instructor was able to highlight main points and summarize information effectively.
- The information presented was complementary to the textbook or other readings.
- The lab activities increased/enhanced my understanding of the course material.
- I understood the significance of the lab activities.
- The lab activities helped me to apply my knowledge from the course and problem solve.
- The instructor interacted with students during the lab activities.
- The instructor explained lab activities clearly and effectively.
- The assignments, exams, and discussion appropriately challenged me for a seminar class.
- The instructor encouraged focused discussions that facilitated my independent and critical thinking.
- The majority of the class was dedicated to discussion as opposed to just delivery of information.
- The instructor was able to create an effective learning environment in which all students had the opportunity to actively participate on a regular basis.
Each instructor is emailed PDF documents containing evaluation results for each of his or her courses. Individual results are also provided to school/department offices on a DVD. Results for each semester are distributed after final grades are posted, usually within a few weeks after the end of the semester. Summary evaluation data for each school/department and the entire college are available below so that individual instructors may compare their results with those averages.
NOTE: Downloading these documents requires the instructor's Ohio University OAK ID.
2013 Spring CHSP Summary