Evaluation Questions on Space and Technology

As you probably know by now, UW’s online evaluation system allows instructors to add questions to the standard evaluation form, and the EWP encourages instructors to add questions regarding teacher and peer feedback and conferences (see the recommended questions and step-by-step instructions, with screenshots, for adding those questions here).

Whether you teach in our state-of-the-art CIC labs or in a windowless basement room with no classroom technology, you know that the physical space and technologies available in your classroom impact how you teach, and how you use the space and technologies impacts how your students learn. To encourage instructors to develop a reflective practice about their use of available space and technologies (however challenging they may be!), we’ve developed a set of space and technology questions you can add to your evaluations.


  1. How did the instructor’s use of the physical space of your classroom support or detract from your learning?
  2. What suggestions do you have for making more effective use of the classroom space?
  3. How did the instructor’s use of classroom technology (if any) support or detract from your learning?
  4. What suggestions do you have for making more effective use (if any) of the classroom technology?

And here’s how to add those questions:

Go to your IAS Faculty page.


From the “Add Items to Evaluation” page, you’ll type each question into the Comment Items add option.


After you type one question, click “add.”


Then repeat this process to add the remaining questions.


Then you can review and reorder your newly added questions using the tools to the right of the questions.


Finally, you can preview how the questions will look to your students.


As always, if you have any questions, let us know! And if you have additional evaluation questions you add to your form, or if you want to talk about your students’ responses to these questions, we’d love to hear from you.

IASystem Online Course Evaluations

Hello CIC Instructors!

As you know, the UW is moving towards adopting online course evaluations through the platform of IASystem.


The Office of Evaluation and Assessment has always included several extra questions on the evaluations of EWP Faculty and TAs, but the system does not yet allow for programs and departments to customize evaluations. For this reason, we wanted to post a brief reminder on how to add these questions.

Below, you’ll find step-by-step instructions on adding the questions, as well as a list of best practices for distributing and collecting online evaluations in general.

To access your evaluations, first go to the following link:    https://uw.iasystem.org/faculty


If you’ve already ordered your evaluations, you should see your current course listed.


Select the Add Items link under the Actions column in the far right corner.


This should bring you to a page called Add Items to Evaluations. Please add the following four questions, one at a time:

1) The usefulness of the Instructor’s classroom discussion of student writing was:

2) The usefulness of the Instructor’s written comments on student papers was:

3) The usefulness (if applicable) of conferences with the Instructor was:

4) The usefulness (if applicable) of student response to your writing was:

* Please note that these questions should be classified as a Comment Items, rather than Scaled Items.





* Please be sure to click the Save button on the top right-hand side of the screen when you are finished!

…and that’s it!



Tips for Distributing and Collecting Online Course Evaluations:

– The TA group that piloted the process during spring quarter noted that instructors should conduct the evaluation in class on the day they would normally do a paper evaluation. By conducting it during class time, you ensure a response rate similar to that you would get with a paper evaluation.

– When you request and configure your online evaluation form, you have a choice of when to open and close access. Open access for the day you plan to give the evaluation and close it a few days later, so that absent students have a chance to complete it.

– Supply a link to the evaluation via email and/or your course Canvas site (an Announcement would be a good tool for doing so). If you’re not in the CIC that day, students can bring/use laptops or smartphones to complete the evaluations.

– Make students aware of the importance of course evaluations in terms of instructional improvements, relevance to program accreditation and promotion and tenure decisions

–  In the future, include the evaluation schedule and link in the online syllabus

As always, let us know if you have questions, and best of luck for the final weeks of the quarter!