Student Evaluation of Instruction (SEI)
Your Voice Matters
Winter Semester 2017
In Winter 2017, Mount Royal is piloting a new instrument to gather feedback from students regarding their perception of teaching, in addition to the traditional online solicitation of feedback.
Feedback gathered from this pilot will be purely formative for instructors, and will be our means of testing what we hope to be a mutually satisfactory solution for all stakeholders.
The testing for the new instrument will coincide with the formal solicitation of feedback on students instruction experiences as in previous semesters.
Most instructional evaluations become available between March 23-April 12, 2017.
Selected courses will be available for feedback at various times throughout the semester. Students will receive an email to their MRU email account when the evaluations are available for completion.
Student responses are reported in aggregate format and are always confidential. Student comments are reviewed to comply with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act which means that any personal identifiers are removed from the final report.
Instructors do not receive a summary report of their results until marks have been posted and even then, instructors will not be able to connect responses to student names.
Here’s how to complete evaluations online:
- Use the link sent in your email or go to evaluate.mtroyal.ca/Blue
- Log in with your MRU username and password.
- You will see a list of all the classes in which you are taking part in the online evaluation method.
- Select the class you want to evaluate and follow the instructions.
SEI Proctor Video
NOTE: If you have more than one evaluation listed for the same instructor it is most likely they teach a lab or tutorial as well as lecture.
If you are experiencing technical difficulty or would like more information about MRU's SEI, please email email@example.com.
SEI Fast Facts
What is SEI?
Student Evaluation of Instruction (SEI) is the administrative process that collects and reports student feedback about their instructors. Currently feedback is categorized by the following themes: Learning Environment, Assistance to Students, Facilitation of Learning, Evaluation of Learning, and General Evaluation of the Instructor.
Have the evaluation forms changed with the online system?
No, the forms are the same that have been used for the past 15 years. The Task Force on Student Learning is currently reviewing the questions sets.
Why are we asked to complete SEIs?
All universities in Alberta are required by the CAQC (Campus Alberta Quality Council) to provide their students with the opportunity to evaluate their instructors.
What is my feedback used for?
SEI reports can become part of a full-time faculty member’s annual report, are required in tenure dossier submissions and are used in applications for contract faculty appointments.
SEIs are also the primary method that students can give feedback about their teaching, both strengths and areas for improvement. Faculty value this feedback, and use it to help improve their teaching and their courses.
Who sees the reports?
The instructor, their chairperson, dean, department administrative assistant, and hiring and tenure review committees. Scores and comments are often used in award nominations and applications.
Reports are not released until final grades have been posted for the semester.
How do you ensure my feedback is kept confidential from my instructor?
All SEIs are reviewed to comply with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. This means that any personal identifiers, such as names and signatures, of anyone other than the individual that the evaluation is for are removed. Collecting data with an online system removes anonymity; however, there is a comprehensive Privacy Impact Assessment for the SEI project that clearly states how this data is managed and who has access to the responses.
When are SEIs available?
For most classes the SEIs will be available the last two weeks of classes. Block courses, 1.5 credit classes, and other course schedule types will vary depending on the length of the class. Instructors should notify students when the evaluations are open for these classes. Please watch your email for these evaluations.
What if I don’t have time to complete my evaluation in one sitting?
The SEI Blue software permits you to save your evaluation and come back to it when you have time. Simply select the save button and come back to the email or login in to your Blue Dashboard when you are ready to continue. The system will email you reminders until all of your evaluations have been submitted.
Why are we doing online evaluations?
- Ability to evaluate more classes
- All students registered in the course have access to complete the evaluation regardless of attendance
- Students have time to consider their comments rather than being required to complete in a limited time
- Environmentally friendly
- Cost effective
What if I change my mind about what I have said in my submitted evaluation?
Email firstname.lastname@example.org providing your first name, last name, course CRN and subject and ask to have your responses retracted.
Depending on the volume of mail this may take a few business days to complete. You will receive an email from MRU Evaluate after it has been retracted.
What if I can’t open the link in my email?
The most common reason that you cannot open the link in your email is that you need to clear your browser history. Directions for this clearing your browser are on the myMRU home page.
If this does not correct the issue try using a different internet browser such as Firefox or Internet Explorer.
Or, you can login with your MRU user name and password https://evaluate.mtroyal.ca/blue to access your evaluations.
If you still cannot access your evaluations email email@example.com for assistance.
What kind of technology can I use to complete my evaluation?
You can use your phone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer. The only exception is an older version BlackBerry.
What if I deleted my email? How can I complete the evaluation?
Login with your MRU user name and password to https://evaluate.mtroyal.ca/blue and you will see a list of all of the evaluations that are available for you to complete.
When do the instructors receive their reports?
Instructors do not see their results until after marks have been posted.
Why aren’t all of my classes available to evaluate?
There are minimum thresholds of how big a class is in order to have an evaluation administered. If you are in a small class this is why you are not being asked to evaluate the instructor.
Instructors can select which classes they want to have evaluated.
If lab, lecture and tutorial sections are all taught by the same instructor you will only be asked to evaluate the person once.