What Survey Instruments Are Used?
Survey instruments used at DePaul to perform online teaching evaluations are customizable by each academic unit and, to a certain extent, by each faculty member. The general structure of each instrument consists of:
- Common University questions
- College questions (if any)
- Department questions (if any)
- Program questions (if any)
- Up to 5 additional questions per course, customized by each individual faculty member.
Common University Questions
- As of Fall 2017-18, there are 6 questions included in every instrument used for course evaluations at DePaul. You can view these questions by downloading the following PDF: 6 Common University Questions.
- Previously, until Summer 2017, there were 5 different questions included in every instrument. The previous set of university-wide questions are available here: 5 Common University Questions
College, Department, and Program Questions
These questions are created at the local academic unit level. Information can be obtained from the College offices, the Department offices, and the Program directors.
Adding Your Own Questions
The system, called OTE Blue, offers the possibility to each faculty to add up to 5 questions to the evaluation of each of their classes. You can add Likert scale questions or open-ended questions. Likert scale questions must utilize pre-populated scales. If you do not find an appropriate scale in the system for your questions please contact email@example.com. Learn how to add questions by downloading and reading this PDF.
You will receive an email from the system at the beginning of Week 7 in the quarter (beginning of week 13 for the College of Law) announcing that the system is open for your customization. You will have two weeks to add your questions to the evaluation during the regular academic year, one week during Summer sessions. Please note that after 40 minutes of inactivity you'll be logged out of the OTE system. You are encouraged to think about your questions carefully before entering the system and prepare them in a separate text document. Cutting and pasting from a text document instead of typing questions from scratch will be easier and faster.
How Surveys Are Administered
Course evaluations at DePaul are conducted entirely online and are available to students via mobile devices. To help raise rates of return, faculty are strongly encouraged to allow students in face-to-face courses to fill out evaluations during class time, using a mobile device. Here are some recommendations on how to handle the process, according to a policy developed by Faculty Council in collaboration with Academic Affairs:
- Alert students in advance of the scheduled day of evaluation, so that they can plan to bring a mobile device to class. Faculty members may want to include this information in their syllabi.
- Allow at least 15 minutes for the evaluations.
- Leave the room while students are completing the evaluations.
- Encourage students without a mobile device to find a publicly available DePaul computer to complete the evaluations.
- To share instructions with students, use the computer in your classroom to display the instructions below.
Format of Reports
Results from the evaluations are compiled in one single report, available to faculty 24 hours after they submit their grades for a specific class. Please note that, contrary to the old OTE, there are no thresholds on the number of respondents to be met to trigger the generation of a report. A report is generated regardless of the number or rate of responses.
Each class report opens with data on enrollment, responses received, and the resulting rate of response. Descriptive statistics of responses to the 6 university wide questions are then presented. Individual class means and standard deviations are compared with College, Department, and/or Program data, where suitable. Frequency histograms for the 6 university questions come next, followed by comparison histogram where the individual class means for the 6 university questions are compared with the means across appropriate units (College and/or Department and/or Program).
The second major section presents descriptive statistics of responses to College questions (if any) and/or Department questions (if any) and/or Program questions (if any, divided into instructor focused questions and non-instructor questions). Blue refers to the latter as “course questions”. Similar to the section on the university questions, descriptive statistics are followed by frequency histograms and comparison histograms.
The third section contains the results of the instructor customized questions (if any). The report concludes with the results of open ended questions, first listed by question, and then listed by student respondent.
Accessing Online Teaching Evaluations as an Instructor
The system is accessible at ote.depaul.edu/blue
, through dedicated links that you will receive in email messages from the system, or in the near future, through the “My Evaluations” tab in D2L.
Accessing Online Teaching Evaluations as a Student
Online teaching evaluations at DePaul are available to students via mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. Evaluations can be accessed the following ways:
On your mobile device, open one of the periodic emails sent to you by Office of the Provost with the links to all your course evaluation forms. Follow the link of the course you wish to evaluate.
- Campus Connect
On your mobile device, open a browser window and log into Campus Connect. Locate the “My Class Schedule” link and follow the link to the evaluation of the course you wish to evaluate.
- D2L (future implementation)
When you log into D2L, you will see a “My evaluations” tab at the far right of the menu bar. The tab will take you to a page where, when active, you will have links to your evaluation forms.
Frequently Asked Questions