Student Course Feedback


Information about students’ experiences in a course is one important component - among many - in a larger system for the review of teaching. Brown University adopted its first online student course feedback system in 2008. Following a recent review of this system, a new, more user-friendly and flexible form launched in the 2019-20 academic year. In addition to the standard set of questions, instructors and department chairs or program directors can develop a limited number of custom questions or select from a bank of questions designed by the review committee in consultation with the Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning (both the standard and optional sets of questions are available below). Instructors and administrators may access the system, including reports, by logging in to Canvas or to using their Brown credentials. 

Once feedback forms open, students can access the surveys by logging in to Canvas or using their Brown username and password. A grade block feature prevents students from viewing their final grade in a given course until they either complete a form or indicate that they prefer not to. Instructors cannot read feedback until grades are submitted and feedback forms are not connected to any identifying student information, making submissions anonymous.

Student Course Feedback Form

Brown University Course Feedback Form

Optional Item Banks with questions that may be added by instructors, department managers, or chairs/program directors 

Pedagogical Support

For questions or a consultation related to interpreting student feedback or other non-technical matters, please email [email protected].

Technical Support

Instructors and Administrators may find online self-service resources and information about in-person sessions in this article in the IT Knowledgebase.

Students should contact the Help Desk ([email protected]) to report problems or use the "Help: Report a Problem" link in Canvas.

System Dates

Monday, November 4 - Monday, November 25 Instructors may develop or select custom questions; department administrators may assign teaching assistants, develop or select custom questions, and delay the date the system opens for students. 
9:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 4 - Friday, January 3 Course Feedback Forms open to Brown undergraduate and graduate students via Canvas and
The open date is scheduled one week prior to Reading Period to enable faculty to use classtime for students to complete their course feedback forms. Departments may choose to set the opening of their evaluations on a later date. 
5:00 p.m. Friday, January 3 Course Feedback Form closes, generally on the last day that faculty may submit grades (the first Friday in January for fall term courses, the first week in June for the spring term, and mid-August for summer courses). 
48-72 hours later Feedback forms available to academic departments in Canvas and