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November 29, 2015

Departments debate efficacy of online, paper course evaluations

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BY CARLY NYMAN, Brown and White

The number of sheets of paper that the Office of Institutional Research consumed to conduct course evaluations last spring is 25,842. With only 22 percent of Lehigh faculty opting for the online evaluation form, Institutional Research is left with the lengthy and environmentally-unfriendly process of mass producing the forms and vibrant orange envelopes that land on professors’ podiums at the end of each semester. This process has created a debate between the use of online versus paper course evaluations. Faculty members that use paper generally believe they receive better response rates because they can administer the evaluation forms in person to students who are already sitting at a desk ready to fill them out. Students, however, are left feeling pressed for time and may not provide as thorough feedback as if they took it online at a different time.

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