Required End-Of-Semester Evaluation
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Required End-Of-Semester Evaluation
[Required: Evaluation for ALL First-Year Writing Seminars —students see an online form]
John S. Knight Institute for Writing in the Disciplines
FWS End-of Semester Evaluation
Part I: Computer-scored Responses:
- The most important reason I chose this seminar:
- I liked the course description.
- I thought it would be challenging.
- My advisor recommended it.
- It was offered at a time I had open.
- I could not get into one of my top preferences
For the following questions, use this scale: (1=An appropriate amount, 2=Too much, 3=Too little, 4=Far too much, 5=Far too little)
- How much reading did you do?
- How much out-of-class writing did you do? (For the Fall 2020 semester, First-Year Writing Seminar guidelines suggest a minimum of four essays and a maximum of eight.)
- How much time was spent learning about writing?
- How much time was devoted to learning how to revise essays? (FWS guidelines suggest that a minimum of three essays go through a process of guided revision.)
How much do you agree with the following statements? (1=Not at All, 2=A Little 3=Somewhat, 4=Strongly, 5=Very Strongly)
In class, in conferences, or in paper comments, the teacher emphasized
- choosing the words that best express ideas.
- writing grammatically correct sentences.
- structuring sentences carefully.
- providing appropriate documentation for sources.
- developing a strong argument.
- writing well-focused, coherent paragraphs.
- making transitions from one paragraph to the next.
- focusing an essay on a significant problem, hypothesis, thesis, argument, or idea.
- supporting claims with pertinent, substantive evidence.
- incorporating and analyzing source material and quotations.
- editing essays to eliminate flaws of grammar, word choice, spelling, and format.
- revising essays to enhance interest, clarity, and persuasiveness.
- writing in a style appropriate for a particular purpose.
- writing in a style appropriate for a particular audience.
How much do you agree with the following statements? (1=Not at All, 2=A Little, 3=Somewhat, 4=Strongly, 5=Very Strongly)
In this seminar,
- reading and writing assignments formed an understandable progression.
- the level of difficulty of the readings seemed appropriate.
- I learned to read with care in the discipline of the seminar.
- informal/preparatory writing assignments helped me understand the readings and write an essay.
- I had opportunities to confer privately with the teacher.
- the teacher was well-prepared.
- the teacher directed discussions well.
- the teacher treated my writing with respect.
- the teacher graded my papers fairly.
- the teacher returned our papers within a reasonable length of time.
- comments on each returned paper helped me improve the next assignment.
- I felt intellectually stimulated.
- I became a more confident writer.
- I became a more skillful writer.
Part II: Written Responses: (Important: we would need to receive requests for individualized questions by no later than the third-to-last week of the semester.)
- What are your overall impressions of the course? Please be as specific as possible in analysis of strengths and/or suggestions for improvement.
- Do you believe your writing has improved? If so, how did the course promote this improvement? Are there aspects of writing we should have stressed more heavily?
- Were written comments on papers helpful? If so, why? If not, why not? How useful were class discussions of the assigned texts? of writing?
- After taking this course, what do you consider to be your greatest strengths and weaknesses as a writer?
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