For both the Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 terms, the University has decided that the majority of classes will be delivered remotely and only a small number of classes will be delivered in-person.
This document outlines the procedures for the Faculty/Course Survey (FCS) process for RFA faculty members. This is in light of the University's decision to offer courses remotely and that both the CA and the Kaplan Arbitration award are silent on virtual teaching.
For clarity, online courses are those that are traditionally taught fully online without an in-person component and virtual courses are those normally taught in-person but transitioned to a virtualized format due to the pandemic.
The FCS process for all courses will continue as per the RFA Collective Agreement. We wish to highlight the following:
1) Consistent with Arbitrator Kaplan’s award, the paper-based in-class FCS process will be suspended for all courses.
2) LTF and tenured faculty teaching any courses shall participate in the online FCS process described in PDF fileAppendix F, paragraph K. The option to elect to participate in the paper-based in-class FCS process will not be available.
3) Pre-tenure faculty members teaching online courses shall continue to participate in the online FCS process as per PDF fileAppendix F, A, 2), a). The results will be used as the official results for that course for all year-end assessments, tenure reviews and subsequent promotion applications.
4) Pre-tenure faculty members teaching virtual courses will have the online FCS administered but may choose whether or not to use the FCS survey results as the official results for all year-end assessments, tenure reviews and subsequent promotion submissions. Pre-tenure faculty members will not be negatively affected if they elect not to use the online results as their official results.
5) The FCS process for CUPE 3904 Unit 1 and 2 members teaching online courses will continue online. CUPE 3904 Unit 1 and 2 members will be given the option of whether or not they wish to submit their online FCS results, as part of their application process, as the official results for the in-person or virtual course(s) they are teaching.
The online surveys consist of three sections:
- Fourteen (14) University-standard questions
- Optional (course specific) questions added by instructors
- Blank space for students to provide their comments (maximum 4,000 characters)
Paper-Based Survey (suspended in Winter 2020, Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 due to COVID-19 pandemic)
Paper-based surveys contain fourteen (14) University-standard questions.
Note that optional (course specific) questions cannot be added to paper-based surveys. Also, paper-based surveys do not contain blank space for students' written comments.
The survey is to be used to obtain student opinion about teaching performance. It consists of fourteen (14) University-standard items. When delivered online, up to sixteen (16) additional (optional) items may be included at the discretion of the faculty member. In the online delivery, students will also have the opportunity to provide written (qualitative) comments for the individual use of the professor.
The survey items are scored on the following alphabetical scale:
B =Somewhat agree
C =Neither agree nor disagree
D =Somewhat disagree
F = Does not apply / no opinion
- The instructor is knowledgeable about the course material.
- The course material is presented with enthusiasm.
- The instructor stimulates my interest in this subject.
- Concepts are clearly explained with appropriate use of examples.
- I get timely feedback on my assignments.
- I get constructive feedback on my assignments.
- The course handouts/postings contain all of the information I need about the organization and operation of this course.
- The assessment methods, including tests, provide a fair evaluation of my learning.
- Students are treated with fairness and respect.
- The class meets as scheduled and on time.
- The course is well organized and managed.
- The instructor is available for consultation as specified on the course handouts/postings.
- This course provides a valuable learning experience.
- The way this course is taught helps me to learn.
Instructors may choose up to sixteen (16) additional questions from the list below. Note that headings are for organizational purposes only; instructors can choose any of the items, and the students completing the FCS do not see the headings listed. Clearly the focus of the survey is the main instructor and not another individual such as a TA/GA who is being evaluated.
Suggested Items for Laboratory Courses
- Procedures are clearly explained.
- The instructor adapts to student abilities, interests and needs.
- I feel free to ask for assistance and to ask questions.
- The instructor accepts opinions different from his/her own.
- I get useful feedback on my lab assignments.
- Labs are well organized.
- Labs assist me in learning the course material.
- Lab assignments are interesting and stimulating.
- Lab assignments stimulate independent thought.
- Labs are of a reasonable length and complexity.
- The lab helps me understand things I am learning in lecture.
Suggested Items for Discussion/Tutorials/Seminars
- Discussions are managed so that they help me learn.
- Discussions are well organized.
- Discussions clarify the lecture material well.
- Discussion in this course is stimulating.
- The instructor raises challenging questions for discussion.
- The instructor is skillful in developing classroom discussion.
- I feel encouraged to participate in the discussions.
- The amount of time dedicated to discussion is adequate.
- This course encourages students to learn from one another.
Suggested Items for Clinical/Field Placements
- Prior course work prepared me to handle clinical tasks.
- I have responsibility commensurate with my abilities.
- My instructor offers constructive criticism away from others.
- My instructor identifies specific areas in which I need improvement.
- My instructor helps me to improve my skills.
- My instructor demonstrates the techniques I am expected to develop.
- The amount of supervision is adequate.
- I received adequate information on health and safety issues.
- My field experience is well coordinated with my course work.
- I receive adequate supervision at the field site.
- University and field site personnel work well with each other.
Suggested Items for Performance and Studio Courses
- I am exposed to a variety of performance/art techniques.
- Performance/art projects are extremely valuable in understanding the course.
- Performance/art projects are appropriate to the level of the course.
- My instructor's demonstrations of techniques are clear and concise.
- My instructor values my creativity and/or originality.
- Evaluations of my performance/artistic products are constructive.
- The instructor is sensitive to students when giving critiques.
- My instructor is able to diagnose technical problems.
- Performances provided me the opportunity to show my learning.
Suggested Items on Instructional Technology
- The technology used in this course provides high quality instruction.
- Instructional technology is well coordinated with course materials.
- The instructor uses technology in ways that helped my learning of concepts and principles.
- My instructor's use of new technology increases my overall learning in this course.
- More uses of instructional technology would enhance learning in this course.
Suggested Items for Other Course Elements
- Group work is used effectively in this course.
- I am evaluated for my individual contribution to group work in this course.
- Student presentations contribute significantly to this course.
- Developing the term project is a good learning experience.
- Guest speakers contribute significantly to this course.
- Field trips offer insights that class materials do not.
- Overall, I would rate the textbook/readings as excellent.
- Team teaching provides insights a single instructor could not.
- Instruction is well coordinated among the team teachers.
Faculty/Course Survey results are available online via the "Faculty/Course Survey" link on my.ryerson.ca, "Reports" tab. The FCS reports are presented in the form of frequency distribution. They are available for individual faculty members and contract lecturers only.
Important Update for Fall 2020 and Winter 2021!
- Pre-tenure faculty members teaching virtual courses will have the online FCS administered but may choose whether or not to use the FCS survey results as the official results for all year-end assessments, tenure reviews and subsequent promotion submissions. Pre-tenure faculty members will not be negatively affected if they elect not to use the online results as their official results.
- CUPE 3904 Unit 1 and 2 members will be given the option of whether or not they wish to submit their online FCS results, as part of their application process, as the official results for the in-person or virtual course(s) they are teaching.
Paper-based in-class evaluation process has been suspended in Winter 2020, Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 due to COVID-19 pandemic