By Blake Brown
NIAGARA UNIVERSITY, N.Y. – Say goodbye to bubble sheet course evaluations as Niagara University introduces the online course evaluation which can now be completed by phone or laptop. The new online evaluations have been emailed out to students and tailored to their respective class schedules. The new method is
a hit within the student body considering that there is no longer a need to spend five seconds each filling in bubbles on one of those scantron-like sheets. Switching over to the new online method is easy and convenient, and quite frankly, it’s about time.
As a result of not using class time for evaluations, through myNU the course evaluations are available until one day after the final class. However, this method is class specific as it is only being used based on the preference of the professor. Most professors will likely look to use the method in upcoming semesters in order to save valuable class time that can be used to advance their academic agendas.
The major pro for students is that this new format means no more awkward silences when the professor asks who wants the task of dropping off the written evaluations to the dean’s office. The new system is a much easier way to organize and hold onto the feedback, not to mention going green.
Online evaluations allow students to complete it on their own time. Also, it’s way faster to click away than scribble away at the answer sheet. No more of those dreaded speed writing hand cramps, hopefully the new paperless evaluations are here to stay.