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Do you have a course evaluation form to share?

Posted on November 21st, 2011 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Jacqueline Gratz, OLLI at Towson University, Asks OLLI:

Do you have a course evaluation form to share? Our curriculum committee is revising its course evaluation form. While we have looked at the examples posted on, it would be helpful to have additional samples of evaluation forms from other OLLIs.  If you use an evaluation form, and are willing to share it, please email it as an attachment to Kyle Allen at the National Resource Center,, and it will be added to the Institute Management Resources on

4 Responses to “Do you have a course evaluation form to share?”

  1. SOU OLLI has a feedback form which students fill out and return to the instructor. No one in the office sees the form since it is just for the instructor’s benefit. Here is the form itself:
    OLLI at SOU
    Instructor Feedback Form—Fall 2011

    We are interested in providing our instructors with information they may use to learn what seems to be working and what might be strengthened. Please complete this form, even though your course is still underway. Your class host will collect the forms after class, and give them to the instructor. Be assured, only your instructor will see the results. Thank you!

    Course Title: __


    On a scale of 5 to 1, with 5 meaning “strongly agree” and 1 meaning “strongly disagree”, circle the number that most closely represents your assessment of this course at this point.

    So far, this course is meeting my expectations. 5 4 3 2 1 NA
    This course is well organized. 5 4 3 2 1 NA
    The pace seems appropriate for the course content. 5 4 3 2 1 NA
    I am able to understand and follow the presentations. 5 4 3 2 1 NA
    The instructor has a good grasp of the subject matter. 5 4 3 2 1 NA
    The instructor takes time to explain difficult concepts. 5 4 3 2 1 NA
    There has been adequate opportunity for questions. 5 4 3 2 1 NA
    Audio-visual presentations have been helpful. 5 4 3 2 1 NA

    Is there anything in this course that you are not pleased with, and/or is there something that you particularly enjoyed about this course? If so, please explain.

    Please use the remaining space (and the other side of this form if needed) for any comments you would like to make about this course. Only your instructor will see these comments.

  2. We have 3 forms - one for students, one for instructors, and one for class assistants - which I will email to Kyle.

    Our marketing group implemented a one question email survey sent to each student at the end of the class. “How happy were you with your class through Continuing Education?” Answer choices are very happy, happy, neutral, unhappy, and very unhappy. Students have an option to submit comments, which most do, and to indicate if we can publish their comments. The marketing group uses the comments for the website and catalogs. Plus it helps keep them closer to our members than they would otherwise be. A copy of each survey response is sent to our marketing director and key members of her staff. This system is used for many of the programs in Continuing Education.

    This information is proving to be as useful if not more useful for the program staff than the regular evaluations because of its brevity and timeliness. I get an email for every submission which I read right away as compared to plowing through hundreds of paper forms or even the electronic summaries from on line evaluations from 40 classes which requires a significant block of time – sometimes it is information overload! With the shorter amount of information coming in regularly, if there is a problem I can respond or have my assistant respond right away.

    I received one this morning from a student who was very disappointed in the instructor in a language class. It just so happens that we will have a different instructor next term. I sent a quick note to my assistant to contact the student to let her know that and to offer her a discount on the next class.

  3. We use Survey Monkey as an online evaluation tool. We found that people are more likely to fill out an evaluation at home, in the privacy of their own surroundings, anonymously, and without time constraints. We have different forms depending on whether the course is individaully taught, co-taught, is a Learning Circle, or is co-ordinated. The results are tabulated online and given to the instructor, the director, and the Curriculum Committee. We use these evaluations when determining whether or not to offer another course from an instructor (along with other data such as class attendance).

  4. Here in Tallahassee we are using Survey Monkey once again to see how are members like the classes, the instructors, the overall experience of OLLI. We ask them to rate them Very Good, Good, Fair, Poor. We are also asking questions, which reference parking, transportation, class sites, field trips, volunteering, future classes, and noon lectures. Comments can be added by the members as well. We have a committee of volunteers who help develop the questions as well as upload them into the program and analyze the results.

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