Student ratings provide formative information often used in summative evaluations for professional advancement. An analysis is necessary to consider how to leverage the positive aspects of the course, minimize some of the less successful elements of the course, and address misperceptions regarding the course early in the semester. Some ideas to keep in mind (derived from McGill University) include:
The Student Ratings Analysis Worksheet can help make sense of student responses. In Part 1, a table is provided for categorization to organize student comments. Part 2 offers guiding questions for reflection and next steps.
Remember that small changes can have significant effects. Some student comments might be immediately actionable, while others take additional time and effort. Teaching mentors, colleagues, and CELT staff can be beneficial in discerning the value and context of the student comments.