There are a number of reasons why you cannot access your Teaching Evaluation Report:
For any unit, there can only be ONE Unit Coordinator in Curtin's Student One system. The Unit Coordinator details therein are imported into eVALUate on designated dates, whereupon the access to the eVALUate Full Unit Report is automatically set up.
Please contact your respective Faculty Student Services Office to see if you had been nominated as the Unit Coordinator.
There are a number of reasons why you cannot access your Full Unit Report:
If you have undertaken the responsibilities of the primary Unit Coordinator during the study period, but have not been given the corresponding access in eVALUate, we will be able to set this up for you with authorisation from the Head of School/Department. Kindly ask your Head of School/Department to send us an email, advising that you were the Unit Coordinator of [please state the unit code and full name] for the required study period and year [e.g. Semester 1, 2016].
John Doe (Staff ID: 123456Z) was the Unit Coordinator for the unit ABCD1234 - Introductory Studies for the purpose of the 2016 Semester 1 eVALUate event.
Watch a short presentation here on the UC update in Student One and subsequent import to the eVALUate system:
It is not possible for us to give you access to the Full Unit Reports for study periods when you were not the Unit Coordinator.
You may wish to request for the Full Unit Reports from the previous Unit Coordinator or from the Head of School/Department. The quantitative results can be located using the Search report tools.
Unit Coordinators are required to share the appropriate results from the Full Unit Report with the unit's teaching team. (Refer to the Full Unit Report guidelines).
The quantitative results can be located using the Search report tools.
Currently, access to eVALUate Course Summary Reports is only provided to the Head of School/Department. There is no provision in the Student One system for Course Coordinator details. You will need to approach your Head of School/Department for the reports.
There are 3 different eVALUate reports you can access as a Head:
Unit Coordinators can download the Full Unit Report in a number of formats:
Student comments are sometimes very blunt and hurtful. Curtin Teaching and Learning has undertaken two research studies to determine the extent to which students use abusive or unprofessional comments (a departure from Curtin's Guiding Ethical Principles) and have published the findings. The research reveals that less than 0.03% of student comments were considered abusive or unprofessional.
Students are provided with numerous prompts online to be professional in their feedback and are also provided guidelines on how to give feedback.
Curtin has determined that, under no circumstances will a student comment be removed from the system and that student anonymity is assured.
It is helpful to determine the proportion of negative to positive comments when interpreting your report. This will assist you in determining if the comments are representative of the entire class or a small minority of students. Comments that reflect positively on teaching effectiveness can usually be considered genuine. Since the unit evaluation is anonymous, students do not usually write positive comments unless they mean them. As student anonymity is assured in the eVALUate system, students may write negative and unconstructive comments. Keep in mind that pressures unrelated to your unit may underlie some of these comments. Try to discern and glean any underlying message for the improvement of the unit from such comments. Abusive and unprofessional comments should be ignored (although this is not always easy).
Unit Coordinators may wish to share this excellent resource on managing student comments with their teaching team:
Cruel Student Comments: Seven Ways to Soothe the Sting
It is important to know that your Full Unit Report and hence the comments are only viewable by you as the Unit Coordinator and by the Head of School. Curtin strongly recommends that you speak to your new student cohort about eVALUate and the purpose of getting feedback from them (i.e. to improve their learning experience), and ask them to provide you with constructive feedback.
If there are comments in your TER that indicate that the student was not taught by you, the eVALUate team can generate a new Manual TER. Please contact us and provide us with your staff ID and name, the unit SPK number and name, and the campus(es) where you taught the unit.
The items within the teaching survey and the categorical scale have been rigorously tested to ensure they are valid and reliable. Hence no student responses of "unable to judge" are to be removed.
When a survey opens for student feedback, you can promote and educate students about eVALUate by using a brief slide show or an overhead transparency.
You can also read about other ways of improving response rates by logging in to the Staff reports section of eVALUate.
During an active survey, you can monitor the response rates to your unit surveys (for Unit Coordinators only) and/or number of responses to the teaching surveys (for teachers who have registered for feedback) on a daily basis by logging in to your eVALUate Summary page.
If your students are unsure of the online survey process, advise them to log in to OASIS with their student-id and Curtin network password. They would be able to locate the online survey links within the eVALUate channel of the "my studies & evaluate" tab.
There are two ways of accessing eVALUate:
Via Curtin network account
When staff members become current on Curtin's HR system, a network account will be automatically created for them.
For any issues with the network account, kindly contact the staff members at CITS.
Once the account is ready, you will be able to login to the eVALUate Summary page.
Teachers (particularly those at offshore campuses who do not have a Curtin network account) are able to access eVALUate via OASIS.
At the OASIS website, staff members will be able to request for assistance with OASIS-related queries by clicking on the relevant links:
eVALUate draws on the Human Resources system - ALESCO - to obtain the staff details.
If you would like a different name to appear in the eVALUate system and reports, you will need to contact Human Resources and ask them to change your preferred name in ALESCO. To do this, please send an email to email@example.com
Kindly note that the change will be applied retrospectively to the existing reports that you have access to.
The Unit Summary Report (USR) is published by default so that students have access to this report when it is released after an event and after all Boards of Examiners have met.
To add a response, unit coordinators can go to the eVALUate home page and log in to Staff.
This page includes a unit evaluation section which will indicate whether your unit is published or whether you have previously withdrawn the unit from publication.
We have increased the number of characters for unit coordinators to respond to students a number of times since eVALUate started. Unfortunately, we will not be increasing this any further due to system constraints and data storage limitations.
Kindly note that special characters and formatting (such as bullets, tables or line spacings) take up more character space, and removing these may be of help.
All teachers are able to request and lodge teaching evaluation requests online unless their unit is not included in an eVALUate event. The eVALUate team is not able to do this on your behalf as you need to log-in to make the request and to retrieve the report at a later stage. Please follow the online instructions to make a request.
To request a teaching registration, log in at:
The eVALUate surveys have undergone rigorous statistical testing to ensure validity of the items and the scale (including the UJ category of the scale). Repeated testing was undertaken to ensure clarity and interpretation of the survey items and scales by students and staff. As a consequence, three other Australian universities have now taken up eVALUate and use our surveys.
The Unable to Judge response is seldom used by students, however we continue to monitor and test the scale to ensure it continues to provide Curtin with information for quality improvement. The meaning of this scale is as intended – students can select UJ when they are unable to agree or disagree with the item. It may be that the students neither agree nor disagree (ie. they are responding neutrally as if there was a midpoint of neither agree or disagree because they cannot decide one way or another), or that they did not experience what is being measured. At the overall level, the eVALUate unit survey item which has the highest percentage UJ is Item 5 (Feedback). An analysis of the qualitative comments, provided by students who had selected UJ, showed that they often received no feedback at all, or that it was meaningless.
Research also shows that without a “neither agree or disagree” option in the scale, the percentage Agreement is higher than it would be if there was a “neither agree or disagree” option.
For further information about the validity of the surveys, please refer to our peer reviewed journal articles in the publications section of our website: https://evaluate.curtin.edu.au/publications/.
For further information about overall results, please refer to the University Aggregated Report: https://evaluate.curtin.edu.au/staff/uni_report.cfm
Research has been undertaken to determine which demographic groups participate in eVALUate (published each semester in the eVALUate University Aggregated Report). There is usually greater participation by female students, international students, and students with a higher semester-weighted average. Females are more likely to agree with the quantitative items, as are part-time students, international students, students in older age groups and students with a higher semester-weighted average.
About two thirds of the participating students provide written comments, and their responses are often quite lengthy. Students tend to comment more frequently about the best aspects of a unit than about how the unit can be improved. In the six things that students say most commonly about the best aspects, three of them are about staff - their quality and attitude, accessibility and responsiveness, and their teaching skills. These findings are stable since 2005.
Curtin uses a number of surveys to gather data about the student experience. The data are used routinely as part of Curtin's ongoing quality assurance process and are also used to support scholarship in teaching. Completion of an eVALUate instrument or participation in an evaluation process is taken as consent by students to the use of the data provided for these processes.
Before conducting research that includes data collected from student evaluation surveys, you must receive approval from the Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC). HREC approval should be sought prior to the commencement of the evaluation where the results are to be used as part of a research degree or where there is an intention to publish or present the results at a public forum.
When reporting eVALUate data, the quantitative items in the unit and teaching surveys should only be reported as percentage agreement with individual quantitative items. For advice on statistical analysis please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.