Course evaluations

One requirement for the successful completion of a course is the completion of a course evaluation. This requirement does not apply to independent studies or individualized practica. Course evaluations must be completed in the two-week window beginning one week before the last day of class and ending one week after the last day of class. They must be completed online, on or off campus. Access to the course evaluation database is normally turned off one week after the last day of class.

The site: http://evals.ambs.edu

To gain access to the evaluation you need your AMBS username and password. This information was given to you when you enrolled as an AMBS student. If you do not have this information, contact Brent Graber.

Upon entering the evaluation, choose your course, the term, the professor(s), and, if relevant, the student assistant from drop-down menus. Click the upside-down triangles to choose the appropriate name, title, or term from a list. Once you have made the correct selections, click the Submit button to go to the evaluation form.

If your course was team-taught, complete only one evaluation—it does not matter which professor you consider ‘primary’ and which ‘secondary’, so long as both are included. This is not ideal: it would be better to be able to evaluate different professors differently, since they usually perform differently. The programming challenges of adding this capability have not yet been overcome. Please provide feedback useful to the dean and to the professors in the comment section. When using numbers, evaluate the professors as a team.

On the form, answer the questions by selecting the radio button that best corresponds to your experience in the course. Type comments in the comment box beside each question (with name attached each time, if you want to be identified with your comment). After completing the evaluation, click Submit. If all works well, you will see a message confirming that your evaluation has been submitted. Note: if you have many comments, consider typing them in a word processor and cutting/pasting them into the evaluation. This is the best way to ensure that, in the event you lose connectivity while completing the evaluation, you need not recreate your well-crafted and judiciously worded comments.

If you have problems of a technical nature (your username/password do not work, your course/profes­sor/assistant is not listed, you are unable to get to the website at all) try the following:

  • Double-check that you are using the correct username. Your username should not contain any numbers or symbols (do not use your e-mail address).
  • Enter your username like: STUDENT\ (e.g., STUDENT\bgraber). Note that “\” is a backslash (near the Enter key), not the slash under the question mark.
  • Clear your browser cookies and cache. For instructions, click the link that corresponds to the Web browser you have: Internet Explorer 6, Internet Explorer 7, Mozilla Firefox 1.5, Mozilla Firefox 2.0.
  • If you use AOL or Juno, try starting another instance of your Web browser: use AOL to connect to the internet, then click Start > All Programs > Internet Explorer (or another Web browser).
  • If you use Internet Explorer, try Mozilla Firefox (download if necessary). If you use Mozilla Firefox, try Internet Explorer.

If none of these suggestions work, contact Brent Graber by email (preferred) or phone (574.296.6221).

About anonymity

The Dean’s Office compares a class roster with a list of students who have completed an evaluation for a given course in order to determine whether to override (with an NC) grades submitted by the faculty for a particular student. Your evaluation and comments are not associated with your name in any report given to a professor or student assistant, unless you wish to be identified with any of your comments. If you do, please type in your name after each comment.

About deadlines

If you should forget to complete your evaluations by the time access to the database is turned off, you still have options:

  1. accept a NC for the course.
  2. pay $25 to reopen the database and submit the evaluation late. (To begin, complete the Course Evaluation Re-Open Request online form.)

Studying and responding to these evaluations are two ways in which the faculty and the dean improve the quality of our courses and our teaching. Thank you for helping us.