Online Student Feedback on Teaching Period for all Winter Courses will be open from January 16 to January 18.
Online Student Feedback on Teaching Individual Student Response Reports and Class Summaries for all Fall 2016 classes will open in PAWS for instructors, chairs, and deans on January 6, 2017.
PAWS toolbar Navigation for Students:
Main Menu > Student Self Service > Student Records > TCNJ Course Feedback
PAWS toolbar Navigation for Instructors/Chairs/Deans:
Main Menu > TCNJ Process > Student Records > Course Feedback > Course Feedback Results
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 be open to students during the last two weeks (not including final exam period) of each fall and spring semester. 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 student feedback on teaching window. Records and Registration will inform students/faculty of the student feedback period for subsequent summer and winter 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.
FAQs for Faculty
Why did we move 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.
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?
Please see the Faculty Tools below for detailed tutorials. Deans and Chairs will be able to access course summaries for their department/school the week following the grading deadline for the term. Instructors will be able to access individual student responses and class summaries following the grading deadline for the term and once their grades have been submitted.
I taught a class for the term but I do not see a summary for the class?
Summaries were not generated for classes with no student responses.
How can I print Student Feedback on Teaching Class Summaries?
Summaries can be printed using the Mozilla Firefox browser. Please see the Faculty Tools below for detailed printing instructions (including “print to pdf”). Individual Student Responses and Class Summaries can also be “printed to pdf” and then saved electronically for future use/upload.
How can I share my Student Feedback on Teaching Individual Student Response Reports and Class Summaries with committee members?
As noted in MOA # 98, faculty are allowed access to share their course evaluation data with relevant reappointment and promotions committee members. As such, instructions along with PAWS screen shots for sharing course feedback can be found in the tutorials below in the Faculty Tools section. Two tabs have been added for this enhanced functionality in PAWS — “Manage Your Shares” and “Feedback Shared with Me”.
How can I make this online SFF process successful?
You as the instructor will decide when and how (within the student feedback window for the term) 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.). Please see the Best Practices link below for these and other suggestions.
- Best Practices
- Instructors – How to Access Individual Student Response Reports and Class Summaries
- Chairs – How to Access Department Student Feedback Summaries in PAWS
- Deans – How to Access School Student Feedback Summaries in PAWS
- Sharing Student Feedback Data With Committee Members
- How to Print to PDF your Course Feedback Individual Student Responses and Class Summary
- Instructions for Students to Access and Submit Student Feedback Forms
- Memorandum of Agreement #98 (MOA-98)
- Campus WiFi Locations – http://nts.pages.tcnj.edu/campus-network/wireless/schedule-locations/
Students and faculty may contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or comments regarding the online Student Feedback on Teaching.