November 2007

Eliciting summative feedback from students

Summative evaluation refers to evaluation of course components and/or teaching by students at the end of a course. While some instructors may be obligated to use course evaluations developed by their departments, others develop their own or use their own in conjunction with course or institutional evaluations. No matter what the case, the information gained can be helpful in improving teaching and course design.

Here are some things to consider when developing summative evaluation/feedback forms: