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Teaching Evaluation: ICES FAQ

Frequently asked questions about ICES for faculty new to the University of Illinois and others interested in learning more about the use of ICES.

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  1. What is ICES?

  2. What is ICES Online?

  3. Can I use ICES Online for my course?

Creating ICES Forms

  1. What does an ICES Questionnaire look like?

  2. What types of items can I put on an ICES questionnaire?

  3. How can I add items from the ICES Item Catalog?

  4. What if my department orders the online forms for us (“centrally prepared”)—do I do anything?

  5. What is a department core?

  6. What is the Student Council Core and how is it used?

  7. What are the ICES complete forms?

  8. I want to use the same items I used in a previous semester. Is there a way to reuse a questionnaire I created in a previous semester?

  9. How many items can I have on an ICES Online evaluation form?

  10. When is the deadline for creating my ICES questionnaires in ICES Online?

Administering ICES Forms

  1. Can I administer ICES during class?

  2. How can I increase my students’ response rate for ICES evaluation forms?

  3. How long are ICES Online evaluations available to students to complete?

  4. What is the minimum number of students that a class needs to be eligible to administer ICES?

  5. How many students need to complete their ICES evaluations for an instructor to be eligible for the List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students?

  6. Can instructors in a team-taught section share a single ICES questionnaire?

  7. My co-instructors and I are sequentially team teaching a section, and I finish teaching before the semester’s end date. Can I administer ICES when I finish teaching, or does it have to wait until the end of the semester?

  8. Can I use ICES Online for mid-semester feedback?

  9. Are ICES responses confidential?

  10. I missed the deadline to complete an ICES evaluation. Can you reopen the evaluation for me?

ICES Results

  1. How are ICES ratings used?

  2. How do I view results of my ICES Online evaluations?

  3. What is the List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students... and how can I get on it?

  4. Who has access to my ICES results?

  5. How do I release my ICES results to my department and to the List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students?

  6. If I release results to my department, what results do they get?

  7. Where can I find my ICES scores from past semesters?

  8. What is an ICES longitudinal profile?

  9. Will my ICES Online results show up on ICES Longitudinal Profiles?

ICES Online

  1. How is ICES Online different than the previous paper-based ICES system?

  2. Why is my class section not appearing in ICES Online?

  3. How will my students be notified that they have ICES questionnaires to complete?

  4. How can my students or I access ICES Online?

  5. Students need to enter their Net ID and password to fill out forms—is that ever reported back to instructors or departments?

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