Course Evaluations #MacEvals2017
Course Evaluations are now closed! They will be open again during the last two weeks of Fall 2017 term. Meanwhile can also share feedback on a course through the Course Wiki!
Why is it so important to give feedback to your educators?
Improving the Course
There’s a misconception that feedback is always negative. This is certainly not true. It’s completely fine to let your professors and TAs know that what they are doing is great! Emphasizing their strengths can motivate them to work harder to keep the class just as interesting. However, feedback can at times point out the not-so-great parts of your course experience. In that case it is especially important to fill out those evaluations. By voicing your opinion on certain aspects of the course, your influence can change the course’s structure and do next term’s class a favour.
Improving Quality of Educators
Something we don’t often think about is some of the long term effects of our evaluations. Course evaluations are used by faculty deans in contract negotiations. They play a role in what professors are offered tenor, what courses they teach and a significant number other factors that directly affect you as a student. Filling out course evaluations goes further than just improving the course it impacts long terms decisions surrounding the quality of professors here at McMaster.
Course evaluations are just one way to garner student feedback about their educational experiences. The VP education, the University Affairs committee and several other MSU bodies have been gathering student feedback and can begin to advocate to faculties to improve the student experience. Yet if the perception of faculties is that students are apathetic and disengaged then there is no motivation for them to change the current system. Higher course evaluation percentages would go a long way to changing this perception and therefore improving advocacy initiatives across the University.
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