All courses with Teaching Assistants have questions related to Teaching Assistants in the course evaluation questionnaire.
Student responses from course evaluations can provide you with valuable feedback for improving your teaching as well as documenting your experience for job applications.
This page contains:
- Strategies you can use to encourage student participation;
- Guidelines and recommendations to help you interpret your results; and
- Manuals to help you navigate your Mercury page.
What happens if a student leaves hateful or discriminatory comments on my course evaluation?
Comments that are determined to be hateful or discriminatory on the basis of gender, sexual identity, race, ethnicity or religion call into question the individual's ability to fairly assess an instructor and Teaching Assistant’s teaching. Thus, the entire response can be deleted. These comments are antithetical to the principles of equity and inclusivity. They are further unhelpful to a Teaching Assistant in reviewing and improving their own teaching abilities and strategies, or to that Teaching Assistant's supervisor in supporting their pedagogical development.
Any Teaching Assistant who receives comments that they believe to meet the characteristics described above may contact the angela.campbell [at] mcgill.ca (Associate Provost (Policies, Procedures & Equity) (APPPE)) to disclose the matter, which shall be treated in confidence. The APPPE and the SSMU Equity Commissioner will assess the anonymized remarks to determine whether these merit deletion of the response. If this is found to be the case, the response in its entirety (numerical responses and comments) will be deleted.