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EKU Course Evaluations

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EKU transitioned to Watermark for course evaluations in Fall 2022. 

What is Watermark?

Watermark Course Evaluations & Surveys is software created exclusively for higher education to capture and analyze student feedback on their classroom experience.

How do students access?

Students access course evaluations from a link sent to their student email or through Blackboard by accessing Tools in the left-hand menu and clicking on the Course Evaluations & Surveys box. 

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How do faculty access? 

Faculty access is the same as students - via an emailed link or through Blackboard using the same steps as above. Faculty will have their own dashboard in which their courses are displayed, where custom questions can be added, response rate monitoring will occur, and results will be displayed and stored. 

Screenshot of Watermark Dashboard

Is the survey instrument the same?

Yes, the course evaluation instrument remains unchanged for longitudinal data reportng purposes. The core instrument was developed by a faculty workgroup in 2016 and the optional lab instrument in 2017. 

Are faculty able to add questions?

Yes, we still have customizable survey options. Existing departmental questions have been moved over and chairs and/or program coordinators will have the ability to add questions to the department, program, or course level. Faculty may choose to add supplemental questions to their individual courses. These links are helpful tutorials: Watermark and YouTube.

Custom Questions will open 30 days prior to the survey start date for students. Once the course evaluation window opens for students, no further changes can be made.

Will faculty be able to monitor response rates?

Yes, response rate monitoring will occur inside the dashboard. This link takes you to an article that details steps on how to access, filter, and export data. Some features described have been disabled to protect student anonymity.

What is reporting like?

Administrators and faculty will access their personalized dashboards from the emailed link or from Blackboard as described above. Results will be available after final grades are submitted for 16-week courses. Access to prior reports and historical data will be available within the dashboard soon. This link is a simple overview of access for instructors while this link takes you a more detailed view of administrator access within the dashboard. Once you follow either of the links, the right-hand side of the screen has links to several more tutorial videos on reporting capabilities. 

For more information or questions, please contact Meagan Murray 

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