(July 22, 2010)--The UTSA Office of Information Technology (OIT) is working on a project that will capture end-of-course survey information and make it available to the public online.
Currently, students use the IDEA (paper-based) survey instrument for course evaluations. Beginning in the fall 2010 semester, all course evaluations will be done online using the Scantron Class Climate software application.
Moving course evaluations online will save the university money and will be more convenient for students and faculty. The project was initiated after Texas House Bill 2504 was passed. The bill states that universities must post a wide variety of information on their websites including course evaluation results. The information will be easily available to the public on the UTSA website.
"All evaluations will be submitted online, and the results will be available faster to the faculty and the departments. Faculty members will receive the results of their evaluations by e-mail," said Cindy Espinoza, assistant director of information technology.
The new application will be tested at the end of the second five-week and the 10-week summer sessions. The online course evaluation project will go live for all courses in the fall semester. OIT is working with the Office of the Provost and the Faculty Senate to ensure a smooth transition to the new process.
The Online Course Evaluations project is part of the OIT Summer Splash initiative -- 11 projects that will shape the direction of information technology at UTSA.
>> Read more about the OIT Summer Splash Projects.
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