Due to hardware changes in the university's mainframe system, TEVALs will no longer exist in a paper format beginning in January 2005, said Vicki Clegg, director for the Center for Advancement of Teaching and Learning.
As a result, Clegg
office is sending a letter to the faculty today explaining the change.
"Following a discussion with the faculty and administration, there will be something online," Clegg
said."The intention is to have a system available by Jan. 1 - it may not have all the flexibility that is possible." She
said throughout the transition, there are existing university policies that have to be followed, regardless of the exact perimeters of the new system.
"We cannot return results to faculty until after grades have been released, and we cannot release the information to others without proper permission," she
said one advantage for students that faculty members won't have the ability to recognize a response due to handwriting.
In addition, the online environment has more potential for flexibility and adaptation, because it provides more of an informal format and allows students more time to complete the forms.
There is, Clegg
said, the potential that the student response rate might be less, because students have to take the initiative to access the form outside of class.
"It will take a little while, perhaps, to reverse that trend," she