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Course Evaluations & Activity Insight

We administer course evaluations for the University and manage the Activity Insight faculty data application.

For questions about the evaluation process or using Activity Insight, please contact:

Course Evaluations

Administration

The University uses Digital Measures to submit and review course and teacher evaluations online.

Adding Additional Questions

With this new system, faculty members have the option of adding up to two questions of their own design. The responses to these questions will accompany all reporting of results. 

If you would like to add questions to your course evaluations, please follow these steps:

  1. Log in to webCentral.
  2. Click on the Faculty tab. 
  3. On the left hand side, there is a channel called Faculty Activities and Course Evaluation. Click on the gray "Manage Your Activities" button. (Eventually, this will also be the place where you will enter CV and activity data in our new Faculty Activity System, Activity Insight).
  4. You will be directed to our new evaluation system, Digital Measures, which will open in a new screen.
  5. Click on the red "Manage Questions" button on the left hand side of the screen.
  6. You will now be able to add 2 additional questions to your course evaluations.

Student Access to Evaluations

Evaluations will be open for two weeks near the end of each academic period.  Students will receive an email with instructions when the evaluation period opens.  They will also receive periodic reminder messages until they complete all their evaluations or the evaluation period closes.

Students can access their evaluations through webCentral:

  1. Log in to webCentral.
  2. Click the Courses tab.
  3. Click the "Fill out Evaluations" link in the top right corner.

Reporting

Instructors will receive an email with their course evaluation results approximately two weeks after grades are due. Instructors may also access past course evaluation results through the online system, Digital Measures.

To access course evaluation results:

  1. Log in to webCentral.
  2. Click the Faculty tab. 
  3. Under the Faculty Activities and Course Evaluation channel on the left hand side, click "Manage Your Activities." This will open Digital Measures, which hosts our course evaluations, in a new window.
  4. Click the red "Run Custom Reports" box in the top left hand corner of the screen.
  5. Select either the Course Evaluation Report, which is a word document, or Course Evaluation Raw data, which produces an excel spreadsheet with raw data.  Next, select the desired term for the report.  Please note that there are multiple terms within each quarter due to variable course end dates.  As a result, faculty must select the term based on the date that their particular course ended.  For instance, for Fall Quarter 2011, the majority of courses are found under Fall Quarter 2011_5, Courses ending 11/13-11/20.
  6. Under Step 3, select the Academic unit, Department, Course, or Individual results needed.
  7. Under Step 4, select Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF for the Course Evaluation Report, or select Microsoft Excel for the Course Evaluation Raw Data report.
  8. Select "Build Report".

Tracking Response Rate

Some faculty members may choose to offer an incentive for 100% response rate.  While the evaluation period is open for your course, you may track the number of students who have completed the evaluation up to that point – but not, of course, their identities – by following these steps:

  1. Log in to webCentral.   
  2. Click on the Faculty tab.    
  3. On the left hand side, there is a channel called Faculty Activities and Course Evaluation. Click on the gray "Manage Your Activities" button.
  4. You will be directed to our new evaluation system, Digital Measures, which will open in a new screen.
  5. Click on the red "View Respondents" button on the left hand side of the screen.
  6. Under Term, select the appropriate term dates for your course
  7. You will see the response rate for each course evaluation that is currently open.

Activity Insight

In summer 2011, DU contracted with an external vendor, Digital Measures, to purchase a faculty data management system called Activity Insight. Activity Insight will facilitate an integrated faculty data collection and reporting process at DU.  To view a demonstration of Activity Insight, visit the Digital Measures website.

Activity Insight is a vehicle to collect and store faculty data regarding numerous activities including research and publications, professional development, internal and external service, course load, and student course evaluations.  This system will allow faculty to store artifacts of their work, for example, full-texts of publications, PowerPoint files of presentations, grant award letters, and audio and video recordings of performances.

By uploading faculty vita data into Activity Insight, DU will now have the capacity to produce activity reports for the purposes of annual departmental and University-wide review and celebrations of faculty accomplishments.  Additionally, data may now be easily accessed for promotion and tenure discussions, accreditation requirements, and reports to internal or external constituents.

A Guide to Using Activity Insight contains information regarding accessing and using the system and provides contact information for the Activity Insight representatives from each academic unit.