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Online Student Feedback on Teaching

Online Student Feedback on Teaching Period opens for students in PAWS on Wednesday, November 19 and closes Friday, December 5.

PAWS toolbar Navigation for Students:
Main Menu > Student Self Service > Student Records > TCNJ Course Feedback

FAQs for Students

What is the purpose of completing the online student feedback form?

The feedback provided from the online student feedback forms (SFFs) for each of your classes will help assess your instructors’ teaching and help shape the quality of instruction at TCNJ. For the benefits to be realized students need to complete the SFFs thoughtfully and conscientiously. The feedback is used by instructors to reflect on their teaching and is included as part of information used to make administrative decisions. Fairness to both the instructor and TCNJ requires accurate and honest answers.

How do I access the online student feedback form?

You will be able to access the online student feedback forms (SFFs) through PAWS.  The following navigation will be used: Main Menu > Student Self Service > Student Records > TCNJ Course Feedback .  Please note that the online SFFs are not found within your Student Center but by navigating in PAWS using the toolbar. Please see the instructions (with screen shots) in the Student Tools section below.

I don’t see an online student feedback form link for one of my courses I am taking this term. Why?

To protect anonymity for students, only courses with enrollments of 7 or more will participate in the online student feedback on teaching process. Some non-traditional courses (e.g. Student Teaching, Department 099 Seminars) will not participate in the online Student Feedback on Teaching process.  Please ask your instructor if you have questions whether to complete the online SFF for a particular class.

How long do I have to complete the online student feedback form for my courses?

Online student feedback forms will open up in PAWS on Wednesday, November 19 and will close on the last day of classes at 11:59 pm on Friday, December 5th. Please check with each of your instructors for instructions on whether you should complete the student feedback form during one of you class periods or on your own time within the window of November 19 – December 5.  Student feedback forms will be open to students during the last two weeks (not including final exam period) of each fall and spring semester. Records and Registration will inform students/faculty of the student feedback period for subsequent winter and summer terms.

What happens if my computer crashes while I am filling out the online student feedback form?

Any information you entered will not be saved.  You will need to log back into PAWS and start again.

Can I save the form and submit it at another time?

Once you begin you will not be able to save the responses and go back to the form.  Please allow ample time for your responses since the form must be completed in one session.  PAWS security is set to time out after 45 minutes of inactivity.

Can I skip a question or leave a question blank?

You may scroll the form to view the questions, but the form requires you to answer the questions in order.  You cannot leave any of the multiple choice answers blank.  If there is a question you do not have an answer for, please select “N” for Not Applicable, rather than assigning an arbitrary answer.

Will my instructor know what I answered on the online student feedback form?

Your feedback is strictly confidential.  The online student feedback process uses current technology to ensure the security of the data, the anonymity of the participants, and the confidentiality of the results. You enter the online student feedback forms via PAWS which is a secure, password protected environment.  PAWS does not link student names, student PAWS IDs, schools, or majors with the actual responses. Your anonymous feedback will be provided to the instructor in class summary after all grades have been submitted with no identifying information.

Am I required to fill out the online student feedback forms?

Your participation is paramount to evaluate and improve the quality of instruction at TCNJ. You can make a difference in helping to improve teaching at TCNJ by giving honest and accurate feedback. TCNJ students are expected to complete the anonymous student feedback form for each of their classes.  By doing so, you are making your voice heard and improving learning for future students. Providing honest feedback is a responsibility of every TCNJ student.

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FAQs for Faculty

Why are we moving to an online student feedback form?

The Memorandum of Agreement # 98 (MOA-98), entered into by The College of New Jersey (the College) and the TCNJ Federation of Teachers, Local 2364 (the Union), was signed on April 14, 2014. The MOA-98 outlines the Responsibilities, Procedures, and Implementation and Review processes to move to an online Student Feedback on Teaching beginning Fall 2014. Online student feedback forms will allow the summaries to be delivered to you more easily and expeditiously.  It will also be beneficial to the College by providing a more secure delivery of the forms, minimizing administrative costs, and being more environmentally friendly.

When will the online student feedback forms be available for students to complete?

Student feedback forms will be open to students during the last two weeks (not including the final exam period) of each fall and spring semester. Records and Registration will inform students/faculty of the student feedback period for subsequent winter and summer terms.  Fall 2014 online student feedback forms will open up in PAWS on Wednesday, November 19th and will close on the last day of classes at 11:59 pm, Friday, December 5th.

Which courses that I teach will participate in online student feedback process?

To protect the anonymity of the students, only courses with enrollments of 7 or more will participate in the online student feedback on teaching (MOA #98, II. D.). Some non-traditional courses (e.g. Student Teaching, Department 099 Seminars) do not require participation in the online Student Feedback on Teaching process. Non-traditional courses (such as those denominated Lecture/Studio, Clinical, Internship, Practicum, Field Based Course, Nursing Clinical, Professional Practice Practicum, and Advising Seminar) for which the majority of the questions may be irrelevant or not applicable, instructors are not required to, but have the option of, administering the student feedback form (MOA #98, II. C.).  Instructors should provide instructions on whether a non-traditional course should be evaluated.

How do I access the online student feedback summaries for my classes?

Instructors will be able to access individual student responses and student feedback summaries online via PAWS the week of January 12, once all grades have been submitted.  Please see “Instructions for Faculty to Access Student Feedback Individual Response Reports and Summaries in PAWS.”  Deans and Chairs will be able to access course summaries for their department/school the week of January 12, 2015.

How can I make this online SFF process successful?

You as the instructor will decide when and how (within the window of November 19-December 5) the students in your class(es) will complete the Student Feedback on Teaching. Now that the Student Feedback forms (SFF) are available online – your students may complete the SFF on their own from any computer or you may choose to set aside class time that the students may complete the SFF (If your class does not meet in a computer lab, you could invite students to bring their laptops for this option.). Experience with the student feedback process from 1st Quarter courses shows a much higher participation rate when students are asked to bring laptops to class and given class time to complete the student feedback form. Please see Best Practices link on the Online Student Feedback on Teaching webpage ( http://recreg.pages.tcnj.edu/online-student-feedback) for these and other suggestions.

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Students and faculty may contact sfeedback@tcnj.edu with any questions or comments regarding the online Student Feedback on Teaching.

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