Open Ended Course Evaluations
The end of semester forms that Penn uses for course evaluation focus on numerical ratings and do not always provide faculty with the information they need to improve their courses. Faculty who want more qualitative information can use the form and set of questions below to design an individualized end of semester evaluation.
This form contains three very general questions that might provide a good starting place for evaluation (although you may want to adjust those questions or drop some.)
CTL Open-Ended Evaluation Form for Faculty
The form begins with two questions to get the students to think about their learning, rather than thinking about “liking” the course. CTL has provided a list of additional course-specific questions that you may choose to add to these or use in place of these. To get focused, useful student feedback, keep the form to 6 or fewer questions. Feel free to drop these questions if you would rather ask others or to combine other questions if that would be useful.
Download the Open-Ended Evaluation Form for Faculty
CTL Open-Ended Evaluation Form for TAs
Download an easily printed and modified version in Microsoft Word of the evaluation form and of the list of questions for TAs as well as a longer list of questions for a wider variety of courses.
Because TAs do so many different jobs at Penn, each TA will need to find appropriate questions for his or her own section.
Download the Open-Ended Evaluation Form for TAs
List of Questions
This page provides a list of questions that you can add to the Open-Ended Evaluation form (available above) to tailor the evaluation to your class and your interests.