Title

Student Evaluation of Instruction

Presenter Information

Cara Dwyer

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC 271

Start Date

17-5-2012

End Date

17-5-2012

Abstract

This study has been performed using Student Evaluation of Instruction (SEOI) data acquired from the Office of Undergraduate Studies at Central Washington University. The data has been redacted to omit specific departments, course numbers and instructors, but there remained ample data for running several interesting statistical tests. The tests presented show a comparison of the overall mean rating (1-5 scale) of instruction based on class (Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Graduate, Other). I will show which particular mean ratings differ. I also divided the data into two groups to determine whether the overall rating differed based on whether the course was in a student’s major. I am presenting the relationship between student responses to instructor’s effectiveness and their overall ratings on the previous questions. Several other questions are considered as I continue to work with the data. I will answer questions such as: Do Freshman rate instructors differently than Seniors? Do students who are evaluating a course required for their major rate instructors differently than those who are enrolled for other reasons? Do students tend to rate the course as a whole based on their overall ratings for instructors (questions 1-14)? Because SEOI administration at Central is shifting to online evaluations as of Spring 2012, I feel this study is particularly well timed. This information can be useful in determining whether certain student evaluations should carry a weight, and if, in general, certain answers are strongly deterministic of the answers to others.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Dominic Klyve

Additional Mentoring Department

Mathematics

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Student Evaluation of Instruction

SURC 271

This study has been performed using Student Evaluation of Instruction (SEOI) data acquired from the Office of Undergraduate Studies at Central Washington University. The data has been redacted to omit specific departments, course numbers and instructors, but there remained ample data for running several interesting statistical tests. The tests presented show a comparison of the overall mean rating (1-5 scale) of instruction based on class (Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Graduate, Other). I will show which particular mean ratings differ. I also divided the data into two groups to determine whether the overall rating differed based on whether the course was in a student’s major. I am presenting the relationship between student responses to instructor’s effectiveness and their overall ratings on the previous questions. Several other questions are considered as I continue to work with the data. I will answer questions such as: Do Freshman rate instructors differently than Seniors? Do students who are evaluating a course required for their major rate instructors differently than those who are enrolled for other reasons? Do students tend to rate the course as a whole based on their overall ratings for instructors (questions 1-14)? Because SEOI administration at Central is shifting to online evaluations as of Spring 2012, I feel this study is particularly well timed. This information can be useful in determining whether certain student evaluations should carry a weight, and if, in general, certain answers are strongly deterministic of the answers to others.