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Key Dates for
Fall 2014:

Chemistry Modules
Evaluation Period
Mon, Oct 27, 9am -
Fri, Nov 7, 5pm
End-of-Term
Evaluation Period
Mon, Dec 1, 9am -
Mon, Dec 15, 9am
View Results
Wed, Dec 31

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Summer 2014

View real-time
response rates

(available during evaluation period This report for instructors and administrators uses real-time registration numbers to calculate response rates. Since registrations are fluid through the end of the term (and sometimes beyond), the real-time response rates may differ from those on final evaluation reports which are based on registration numbers at the close of each survey window.)

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Eligibility and Requirements

To participate in MIT’s online subject evaluations, students must be registered for credit or as a listener and have:

Cross-registered students: You must have an MIT ID number in order to obtain a Kerberos ID. Your ID number is the 9-digit number on your MIT ID card. If you do not have an MIT ID card, you can call the MIT Registrar's Office at (617) 258-6409 or email records@mit.edu to retrieve your ID number.

If you are registered and Javascript is enabled but can't log on, please contact se-help@mit.edu.

How To Complete the Evaluation Form

The Online Subject Evaluation User Guide (PDF) contains screenshots and additional instructions for navigating the survey.

Please note that each department determines which subjects and instructors will be evaluated each term. If you do not see your class listed, please check with the department administrator.

Get Help

For technical problems (logging in, viewing results, or any other technical assistance matter) and other questions, please contact se-help@mit.edu.

Evaluation Period and Email Reminders:

The end-of-term evaluation period runs for two weeks until the beginning of final examinations. Your professor may ask you to wait until after the last day of class to fill out your survey so that you’re evaluating the full semester of classroom experience. In response to student requests, the evaluation period has been extended through reading period so you have more time to complete the evaluations. It does NOT extend through finals to ensure that your responses are not influenced by the final exams or grades.

Evaluation periods are also held for a few subjects that finish partway through the term.

You will receive an email when an evaluation period for one of your subjects opens, and throughout the evaluation period, you will receive periodic reminders to complete your evaluations. Once you answered at least one question on each of your evaluations, you will no longer receive these messages.

Viewing Results and Use of Your Responses

Results are available at http://web.mit.edu/subjectevaluation/results.html.

Evaluation results are made available to instructors and department officials only after final grades have been submitted. Responses are made anonymous (MIT and Kerberos IDs separated from student responses) before results are released. In addition to anonymous individual responses, instructors and departmental officials receive reports with aggregate quantitative results and open-ended comments. Quantitative results are also reported in the aggregate to members of the MIT community (MIT certificates required). Disclosure and protection of your responses are governed by the Student Information Policy at http://web.mit.edu/policies/11/sip.html.

Giving Constructive Feedback

Your written comments are an integral part of subject evaluation, and instructors value them greatly. Comments are often used by department administrators and faculty in recommending instructors for teaching positions and awards. Please take the time to share your thoughts and ideas.

The Golden Rule: Be fair, thoughtful, polite, and objective.

Be descriptive. "The book by Jones was very confusing and disorganized, and I didn't think it related well to the course material. More specifically, we were asked to read chapters 5, 8 and 11 but those were not mentioned in the lecture."
Offer suggestions. "Could you please put less information on each PowerPoint slide and use a bigger font?"
Don’t criticize things your teacher can’t control. It's not helpful to complain that the class is too early in the morning or that the classroom is too cold. Your professor probably has no control over these things.
Be polite. Honesty is important but there's no need to be mean. Instructors take evaluations very seriously and it's extremely hurtful to receive nasty comments. Using the evaluation as a form of revenge against a teacher helps no one. Speaking your mind politely about a teacher's strengths and weaknesses is certainly helpful.
Be appropriate. Comments such as "Dude, take a bath!" and "You're hot!" are best kept to yourself.
Explain what you liked about the class. "I really benefitted from the hands-on activities because they helped me learn the material."
Thank your teacher for the great class. If you enjoyed the class, let your professor know by thanking him or her. This is one of the nicest things a student can say to a teacher.

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