Colleges evaluating courses online
- By Dan Caterinicchia, Dan Caterinicchia
- Mar 16, 2000
Students and faculty at more than 35 higher education institutions recently
completed the first phase of a pilot program that allows students and faculty
to fill out course evaluations and program analyses online.
Schools, including George Washington University and numerous community
colleges nationwide, on Tuesday completed the first phase of Coursemetric,
designed by E-Curriculum Inc. and the League of Innovation.
The World Wide Web-based course evaluation and program analysis tool
uses the Internet to survey students, instructors and administrators regarding
academic programs, course content, instruction and technology, and compiles
the data into reports. The results can be accessed via the Internet almost
instantaneously, but protect the anonymity and privacy of those surveyed.
"We are excited about eliminating handling 10,000 pieces of paper each
term ... [And] I am also eager about the ability to access comparative data,"
Gail Ives, director of institutional research at Mott Community College,
Flint, Mich., said in a release. "We do not currently have a frame of reference
for how we are compared to other parts of our school or other community
Based in Berkeley, Calif., E-Curriculum (www.e-curriculum.com) provides
Web-based tools for schools, and partnered with the League of Innovation
(www.league.org), a non-profit educational consortium of more than 700 community
colleges, to launch the Coursemetric program. The pilot is scheduled to
run through June.