Note: As of Summer Quarter 2008 quarter CTEC evaluations for courses are submitted and viewed through CAESAR.
You have the opportunity to register your opinions of Northwestern University courses. It is important that you take the time to submit your evaluations. Your thoughtful and objective comments can provide useful feedback to your instructors and are a valuable resource to students making registration decisions in the future.
Students who have entered all of their evaluations for the quarter will have access to the published results of all evaluated classes, which can assist in your selection of future classes and instructors.
How do I evaluate?
- The evaluations are collected through CAESAR.
- Your evaluation will be completely anonymous, as instructors do not have access to the names of students who enter evaluations.
How do I access the evaluations?
- Submit your evaluations on CAESAR. Select Evaluate Classes (CTEC) under the Course and Teacher Evaluations module.
- You will only be allowed to enter the sites of classes for which you are registered.
- Your identification will not be linked in any way to the evaluation you enter.
When can I evaluate the course?
- You will receive an e-mail message from the CTEC office when the site opens with instructions for accessing the site as well as instructions for entering your evaluations. It is your responsibility to have a valid e-mail address in the NU Directory before notification is sent.
- The CTEC office will be sending you reminder messages throughout the evaluation period.
What will be asked in the evaluation?
You will be asked to complete some demographic data, which will be returned to the instructors only in composite form.
You will then be asked to give numerical ratings for the following basic questions:
- Provide an overall rating of the instruction.
- Provide an overall rating of the course.
- Estimate how much you learned in the course.
- Rate the effectiveness of the course in challenging you intellectually.
- Rate the effectiveness of the instructor(s) in stimulating your interest in the subject
- Estimate the average number of hours per week you spent on this course outside of class and lab time.
You will be asked to give essay answers to the following questions:
- What are the primary teaching strengths of the instructor(s)?
- What are the primary weaknesses, if any, of the instructor? Can you offer suggestions for improvement?
- Did the course help you learn? Why or why not?
- What are the primary strengths and weaknesses of the teaching assistant?
- Summarize your comments from the above questions giving your reaction to this course, focusing on the aspects that were most important to you. (This comment, and only this comment, may be published online).