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Frequently Asked Questions


What are the advantages of evaluating courses electronically, and how are the results used?

Evaluating courses online is fast, easy, convenient, secure, anonymous, confidential, and, above all, important! Course evaluation results are used by faculty to improve teaching, and they are a significant component in the promotion and tenure process.

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   Can I view the results of course evaluations?
Students and all other BC users can view the quantitative course evaluation results through the Course Information and Schedule link in the My Services area of the Agora Portal. The results for teaching assistants and faculty who have been at Boston College less than two years are not included.

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   Is the system secure and anonymous?
The online course evaluation system uses current technology security measures to ensure the security of the data, the anonymity of the participants, and the confidentiality of the results. For more details you can access the confidentiality information web page.

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   Is it possible to evaluate the same course more than once?
No. The system records the completed evaluation and will not present further opportunities for evaluation of that course.

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   Will the names or characteristics of students be available in the results?
Because the online course evaluation system disassociates the information that identifies the student at the time survey completion is marked in the system, no identifying information such as name, school, or major is included in the results seen by the instructor.

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   Is there an incentive for completing online course evaluations?
Students who complete all of their online course evaluations will have access to their posted grades on the first day of final exams.

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   When will the online course evaluations be administered?
Online course evaluations will be administered two weeks before the end of the final examination period and will close the day after the last final exam.

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   How will students be notified when it is time to complete the evaluations?
Students will receive an email announcement one week before the start of the course evaluation period. Subsequent reminders will be sent to students who have not completed all their evaluations.

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