Three Integration Essentials to Improve Your Course Evaluation Process

Virtually every college and university has some form of a student feedback process. However, for many institutions, the process of administering course evaluations is cumbersome, lacks automation, and delivers chronically low response rates. But this doesn’t have to be the case — especially for Canvas institutions.

In this post, we’ll share how Canvas institutions can benefit from a powerful technology integration to dramatically improve the course evaluation experience for students, faculty, and administrators. Over years of continued development and experience working with hundreds of Canvas institutions, we’ve identified 3 key areas of integration between EvaluationKIT by Watermark and Canvas that provide an efficient and effective way to collect course evaluations, analyze the results, and empower improvements.

1) Driving response rates

Getting students to participate in surveys is critical to the success of your course evaluation process, yet it’s an area institutions frequently cite as difficult at best — especially when transitioning from paper to digital processes. We have helped institutions significantly increase response rates to online surveys by providing a seamless Canvas interface with features designed to encourage student participation and make the process easy and intuitive. For example, EvaluationKIT provides a variety of automated notifications and survey access points in strategic locations within Canvas, — where students spend most of their time — options to make surveys mandatory, and a simple, mobile-friendly interface. Together, these easy-to-use features are proven to drive response rates and help you gather the information that is crucial to informing improvements at your institution.

2) Data integration

Because Canvas already houses all your course, student, and instructor data, your administrator can automate the flow of these data from Canvas into the course evaluation project, ensuring accuracy and eliminating tedious and redundant work. With enrollment refresh capabilities, you can automatically align Canvas enrollment updates with your course evaluation enrollments. The resulting process is more accurate than dealing with manual uploads of data and takes far less time. Survey administrators can simply search for and select the courses to be evaluated from Canvas, import all the relevant data around those courses and enrollments, and schedule automated syncing to ensure the data is kept up-to-date.

3) Sharing results

EvaluationKIT’s faculty interface within Canvas streamlines the way results and analytics are delivered to faculty. During the survey period, you can keep your faculty informed through integrated dashboards that show real-time response rates and highlight the number of days remaining in the survey window. Faculty can also receive notifications about their results and then seamlessly access a variety of course evaluation reporting and analytics tools directly within Canvas as soon as they are available. There’s no more need to access another system or wait weeks until data is packaged for each individual faculty member.

By leveraging these three essential areas of integration within Canvas — a seamless student experience, turnkey data integration, and streamlined faculty interface — institutions can get valuable student feedback into the hands of instructors faster and more effectively so they can use it for planning and quality enhancement. These features help institutions successfully mitigate the most challenging aspects of the course evaluation process, and do so more efficiently than ever to drive meaningful change.

To hear how DeVry University transitioned to EvaluationKIT and doubled their end-of-course response rates by taking advantage of many of the features described in this blog post, we invite you to join us for a webinar on January 30 (presented in partnership with Instructure).