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Online Course and Instructor Ratings

The Evaluation System will allow an instructor to give formative evaluations to students in their courses and review the results. The system will contact students to notify them of upcoming evaluations automatically. End of term (summative) evaluations will also be managed through the evaluation system. Colleges, departments, and instructors will add their own items (questions) to the end of term evaluation and will choose whether they want to use it or some alternative campus system. Colleges and departments will be able to use the system to give formative evaluations to their students only.
is designed specifically for conducting formative and summative (end of term) evaluations 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 manage their own body of questions which are part of a combined end of term evaluation. This allows colleges and 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.

Project Team

Aaron Zeckoski - Virginia Tech - Project Lead
Kapil Ahuja - Virginia Tech
Lucy Feng - Virginia Tech
Will Humphries - Virginia Tech
Marcus Dubois - Stockholm University

Information or Help files

System Development


Check out the System Development Info and Links below as well.


Sakai 2012 Conference BOF :

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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.