Frequently Asked Questions | Students
Instructors will see OCQ responses but your name will not be linked to the data returned to faculty. Administrators have access to the OCQ records and may link demographic and grade information to student responses, but students will not be identified in any reports and identifiers will be removed before data are analyzed.
Typically sometime after the semester is over, the evaluations reports will be run as a batch process. Once all the reports are generated, the faculty will receive an email notification which will instruct them on how to obtain their reports. Please rest assured that the reports will not show any identifying information about students.
Participation is not required; but it is strongly encouraged. Faculty and department administrators highly value the feedback you provide through your responses. This feedback helps faculty make improvements to their courses that improve the experience of future students enrolled in their courses.
First, contact your instructor to make sure an OCQ is scheduled for the course. There are some courses that are exempt from doing end-of-semester questionnaires (example: independent study courses). If the course was accidently omitted, your instructor can contact the team.
If your instructor says the course is scheduled for an OCQ, make sure that you are officially enrolled in the course. Only active students who are officially enrolled in the course may complete an OCQ.
Once you verify that you are officially enrolled and you do not have access to your OCQ, contact the IR office. Please include the course and section number in which you are enrolled and we can restore your access.
Sometimes your web browser’s cache will hold another user’s CAS login credentials, which causes the evaluation system to show various error messages. If you see an error message, first clear your cache by logging out of CAS.
Then try logging back into your OCQ Dashboard. You should be asked to provide your CAS login credentials.
If this does not solve your issue, please contact the OCQ team with a description of what happens when you try logging in (screenshots are helpful!).
In addition to the OCQ core questions, departments and instructors may add additional questions for each course. This gives schools, departments and professors the opportunity to target topics that will help improve the experience of future students. Because of this, courses you take in different departments are likely to have slightly different OCQ questions—and you may find that different courses in the same department also have different OCQ questions.
Core Questions are:
Please rate the instructor on the following criteria:
- The instructor was well-prepared.
- The instructor explained the subject matter clearly.
- The instructor created an environment that was conducive to learning.
- The assignments helped me to learn.
- The instructor was readily available (e.g., email, office hours, or one-on-one consultation).
- The instructor provided helpful feedback (e.g., on assignments, exams, presentations).
- Overall, how do you rate this instructor?
- Overall, how do you rate this course?
- Any Additional comments?
Responses are confidential and your name will not be linked to the results that are given to your instructor. When the responses are delivered to instructors, no identifying data are included or shared with faculty. Comments to the open-ended questions are shared as written.
There are several ways to access your Online Course Questionnaires (OCQ).
- Navigate to https://coursequestionnaire.iu.edu/
- Follow the link provided in the invitation or reminder emails
- Access the OCQ via Canvas. There is a tool on the left-hand side of each course page that will take you directly to your questionnaires