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Online Course and Instructor Ratings
The Evaluation System 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. Check out the System Development Info and Links below as well.

General Information

QA Testing Information

Project Team





Aaron Zeckoski

Unicon, Inc.

Project Lead/Developer


Rick Moyer

University of Maryland

UMD Project Manager


Shaun Fleming

University of Maryland


Tool/ Hierarchy

Beth Kirschner

University of Michigan

UM Project Manager

Project Management / Testing

Catherine Crouch

University of Michigan

Business Systems Analyst


Norhal El Halwagy

University of Michigan

QA honcho


Gonzalo Silverio

University of Michigan



Lisa Emery

University of Michigan

UM lead/Tester


Jim Eng

University of Michigan



Lovemore Nalube

University of Cape Town



Ellen Yu Borkowski

University of Maryland

UMD Project Manager/Tester

Project Management/Design/Testing

Kapil Ahuja

Edtech, Virginia Tech


Tool/Eval Settings

Will Humphries

Edtech, Virginia Tech



Rui Feng

Edtech, Virginia Tech



Note: Name = No longer on the project or inactive

Evaluation Development

  File Modified
Microsoft Powerpoint 97 Slideshow ConferencePoster.ppt conference poster Nov 22, 2006 by Aaron Zeckoski
Microsoft Word 97 Document EvaluationMOU.doc Example memorandum of understanding Dec 02, 2006 by Aaron Zeckoski
Microsoft Word 97 Document Evaluation-Sakai-Handout.doc Dec 07, 2006 by Will Humphries
PDF File Evaluation-Sakai-Handout.pdf added attribution for Columbia Dec 07, 2006 by Tony Atkins
Microsoft Word 97 Document educause 07 poster.doc Educause 2007 poster contents Oct 15, 2007 by Ellen Yu Borkowski
JPEG File Educause-Poster.jpg Educause 2007 poster image Oct 16, 2007 by Ellen Yu Borkowski
JPEG File Educause-Poster-final.jpg Final version of Educause 200 poster Oct 17, 2007 by Ellen Yu Borkowski
Microsoft Powerpoint Presentation E08_EvalSys_Final.pptx Educause 2008 Presentation (Office 2008) Oct 20, 2008 by Ellen Yu Borkowski
PDF File E08_EvalSys_Final.pdf Educause 2008 Presentation (PDF) Oct 24, 2008 by Seth Theriault
Microsoft Powerpoint 97 Slideshow UsingSakai4TeachingEvaluations.ppt Sakai Conference 2009 Presentation Jul 14, 2009 by Ellen Yu Borkowski


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.

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