Online Student Evaluations of Teaching

Student Records

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How are student evaluations of teaching completed?

For Winter Term 2019, for all eligible courses in the Faculties of Arts, Business and Economics, Kinesiology, and Science, student evaluations of teaching will be completed online (see #2 below for a few exceptions).

Faculty of Education courses will continue with paper evaluations for this Term. 

For the online evaluations, students will receive one email for each course they are registered in approximately 14 days before the last day of classes in that course, with a link to the online course evaluation. Students will have approximately 14 days to complete the online evaluation. The online evaluation link will expire at midnight on the last day of classes for that course.

2. Why did I not get an online student evaluation of teaching for my course?

Any course with very small enrolments may be excluded because your anonymity could not be assured with such a small number of responses.  If that is not the case, you should receive the email and link, so check the  “Focused” and “Other” folders, as well as spam, in your webmail account, and particularly check your spam in your other email service (e.g., gmail) if you have pointed your webmail there to receive emails on your personal account.

3. How many questions does the online student evaluation of teaching have?

There are two questions and one comment section.

  • The course is: Required or Elective
  • Overall, apart from the course content, the quality of teaching provided by the above-named instructor was: Unsatisfactory or Satisfactory
  • Student Comments:

4. How long does it take to complete the online evaluation?

It takes approximately 5 minutes to complete the evaluation.

5. Are the student evaluations of teaching confidential?

Yes, the evaluations are confidential. Instructors do not receive any information regarding who has completed the evaluations. The information instructors receive includes the following:

  • The number of students who answer the course is a required course compared to the number who answer it is an elective course.
  • The number of students who say the quality of the teaching provided by the above-named instructor was Unsatisfactory or Satisfactory.
  • Any comments the student provides.

6. Do students get class time to complete the student evaluations of teaching?

Instructors may provide class time for students to complete the online course evaluation.

7. What if I don’t have a laptop or mobile device in class to complete the online evaluation?

Students can complete the surveys from home or computers are available in the following areas:

Uplink: 32 Computers

Library: Reference Room Computers – 5 Express Computers are available for short term work

Library: Fifth Floor Computers – 10 computers are available

8. Do students get to see the results of the evaluations?

No, results of the evaluations are not shared with students.

9. What are the benefits of completing the evaluations?

The evaluations help the university maintain a high quality of education for students.

10. Why do you only send the Online Evaluation email to students' Webmail?

Email is sent to the university Webmail email, as all official university correspondence is supposed to be through the university email. Also because of the large volume of email being sent out using the university email prevents the university from being designated as a SPAM sender.

11.  Why did the university move to an online evaluation?

The online evaluation is more sustainable for the university. By moving to the online survey the university saves over 20,000 pages of paper per term. Results can also be provided much quicker to instructors once Senate has approved the grades. With the paper evaluations a staff member needed to spend approximately 120 hours per term scanning the evaluations before the results could be tallied.

12. When is the student evaluation of teaching period? 

As a general rule the Fall, Fall/Winter and Winter the evaluation period is 14-15 days in length ending on the last day of class, Spring evaluation period is 7 days in length ending on the last day of class.


 Start Date of Classes

Delivery Date of Survey Email

Reminder Emails

EXPIRY – Last Day of Classes

Fall/Winter & Winter

Sept 4, 2018 & Jan 7, 2019

March 22, 2019

Mar 29, 2019

April 4, 2019

April 5, 2019

(15 days)

Spring – 1st 4 week session

May 6, 2019

May 28, 2019

May 31, 2019

June 2, 2019

June 3, 2019

Spring - 1st 6 week session / May 6, 2019

June 11, 2019

June 14, 2019

June 16, 2019

June 17, 2019

Spring – 2nd 4 week session

June 5, 2019

June 27, 2019

June 30, 2019

July 2, 2019

July 3, 2019

Spring – 8 week session

May 6, 2019

June 27, 2019

June 30, 2019

July 2, 2019

July 3, 2019

Spring – 2nd 6 week session

Jun 19, 2019

July 25, 2019

July 28, 2019

July 30, 2019

July 31, 2019

Spring – 12 week session

May 1, 2019

July 25, 2019

July 28, 2019

July 30, 2019

July 31, 2019


13.  Who can I contact with any other questions or concerns?  

Please contact the Registrar Colin Russell at or 204.786.9337.