Online Course Evaluation Feasibility Study

Choosing a technology

Potential solutions

Academic Technology staff members have begun to analyze potential solutions against the requirements defined by the Student Affairs Committee, in consultation with Academic Technology, and vetted with other faculty, staff, student, and administrator stakeholders. The potential solutions fall into three categories:

  • Buy: Pay third-party, commercial vendors for solutions (hosted or non-hosted)
  • Use: Use free, third-party solutions (hosted or non-hosted)
  • Build: Modify and host existing open source solutions, or build and host new solutions from scratch

Buy - 3rd Party Vendor Solutions

Class Climate by Scantron

Class Climate website - link opens new window

Campuses using Class Climate

  • CSU East Bay
  • CSU Fullerton
  • Humboldt State University
  • CSU San Bernardino (pilot)
  • CSU San Marcos
CoursEval by Academic Management Systems (AMS)

CoursEval website - link opens new window

Campuses using CoursEval

  • CSU Channel Islands
  • SUNY Orange
CourseResponse by Digital Measures

CourseResponse website - link opens new window

OnlineCourseEvaluations.com by Gap Technologies

OnlineCourseEvaluations.com website - link opens new window

Campuses using CourseResponse

  • San Francisco State University - College of Business
Snap Surveys by Snap Surveys, Ltd.

Snap Surveys website - link opens new window

SF State owns a site license to this survey tool

EvaluationKIT by EvaluationKIT, LLC

EvaluationKIT website - link opens new window

eCourseEvaluation by eCollege

eCourseEvaluation website - link opens new window

IDEA Online by IDEA Center (Kansas State)

IDEA Online website - link opens new window

Web eVal by One45 Software, Inc.

Web eVal website - link opens new window

WebFocus by Information Builders

WebFocus website - link opens new window

iWay Software by Information Builders

iWay Software website - link opens new window

Instructor and Course Evaluation System (ICES) by OJC Technologies

Instructor and Course Evaluation System website - link opens new window

Campuses using ICES

  • University of Illinois

Use - Free 3rd Party Applications

Free Assessment Summary Tool (FAST) by Mount Royal College

Free Assessment Summary Tool (mature 1st generation product) website - link opens new window; TooFast (2nd generation product) website - link opens new window

Student Assessment of Learning Gains by E. Seymour et al

Student Assessment of Learning Gains website - link opens new window

Campuses using SALG

  • San Diego State University (recommended for online courses)

Build - Open Source Solutions

Flashlight Online by TLT Group

Flashlight website - link opens new window

Campuses using Flashlight

  • CSU Fresno
  • CSU Sacramento

There is a fee associated with joining the TLT Group to gain access to this tool.

Modules in Moodle that have course evaluation functionality

Moodle is the software application that SF State uses for iLearn, the campus learning management system. Moodle offers three options-Questionnaire module, Survey module, and Feedback module-that may serve as an online course evaluation system.

Campuses using a Moodle module

  • Idaho State University (Feedback module)
  • Saint Martin's University
  • CQ University (Australia)
  • University of Bath (UK)

Build - Locally built solution(s)

Various homegrown solutions

Campuses using solutions built by their campus

  • CSU Dominguez Hills
  • CSU Monterey Bay
  • Cal Poly Pomona
  • San Diego State University

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