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Online Course and Instructor Ratings

The Evaluation System allows an instructor to give is designed specifically for conducting formative and summative (end of term) evaluations to students in their courses and review the results.

The system contacts students to notify them of upcoming evaluations automatically.

The evaluation system of your course sites. However, it can also be used for more general surveys. An evaluation consists of a series of scaled (i.e. rating) questions, multiple choice with single answer questions, multiple choice with multiple answer questions, and/or free text questions, which are delivered to site members over a fixed time period (typically a few days).

The Evaluation System runs under Sakai version 2.2 or higher.
It allows colleges, departments, and instructors to add manage their own items (questions) to the body of questions which are part of a combined end of term evaluation. This allows colleges and can choose whether they want to use it or some alternative campus system. Colleges and departments can use the evaluation system to give formative evaluations to their students only.
departments within a larger institution to collect targeted information from their students, while preserving a consistent set of questions used through the institution.

Evaluation results can easily be reviewed within a single course, across colleges or departments, or across the entire university. Results can be reviewed for a single evaluation covering a short time period, or can be displayed for a series of evaluations conducted across a larger time period.

The evaluation system contacts students to notify them of upcoming evaluations automatically, and to remind students to complete an ongoing evaluation. The notification scheme is intended to increase the response rate.

The Evaluation System tool is primarily designed to allow an institution to measure/evaluate/rate courses. Ease of access for evaluation participants and protection of data (results) are also primary concerns. Use of the tool by instructors and non-institutional groups is a secondary design concern but is being factored into the current round of development.

More information about the work being done is available at Evaluation Status. Check out the System Development Info and Links below for more informationas well.

Information or Help files

Project Team





Aaron Zeckoski

CARET, Cambridge, UK

Project Lead/Developer


Richard Ellis

University of Michigan



Gonzalo Silverio

University of Michigan



Lisa Emery

University of Michigan

UM lead/Tester


Rick Moyer

University of Maryland, College Park


Testing Externals

Ellen Yu Borkowski

University of Maryland, College Park

UMD lead/Tester


Kapil Ahuja

Edtech, Virginia Tech


Tool/Eval Settings

Will Humphries

Edtech, Virginia Tech



Rui Feng

Edtech, Virginia Tech



Shaun Fleming

University of Maryland, College Park



Note: Name = No longer on the project or inactive


Sakai 2012 Conference BOF :

General Informatio

QA Testing Information

Evaluation Development

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Evaluation Development


Evaluation Development


The VT Online Rating System (VTORS) was developed from code received from Columbia University in mid 2004. The system was previewed in early 2005. The system was piloted in Fall 2005. The system is currently being redesigned and rebuilt as a Sakai tool. This work was started at Virginia Tech.