How do you measure your success as a trainer? One of the best ways is to let your students evaluate the course and your teaching. If you don’t currently have a standard evaluation form, you’re in luck. I’ve created a Word document you can download, print, and copy for your students. (Follow this link to the download page .)

Praise and constructive criticisms welcome
Columnist Bruce Maples recently wrote an article on the importance of getting training evaluations and paying attention to the results. (You can read that complete article here .) And we heard from one TechRepublic reader who doesn’t like asking students in computer classes to hand-write an evaluation form, preferring instead to offer a computer-based evaluation form. (You can read that article here .)

The big issue in asking for feedback is making your students feel comfortable giving an honest assessment of the training experience. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Make sure the students know that their comments won’t be held against them. If you have to assign letter grades, some students may fear retribution if they slam you in the evaluations. Reinforce the fact that you value all feedback, good and bad, and that their statements will be held in confidence unless they voluntarily sign their names to the evaluations.
  • Offer an anonymous way to turn in the forms. If you’re like me, you probably can’t wait to start reading the forms as soon as they’re turned in. However, you may want to let your students drop the forms in a box or turn them in to a third party. You can collect and analyze the forms later.
  • Put the evaluation forms online. If your students are worried you’ll recognize their handwriting, put a copy of the form on one of the classroom machines. Then let the students fill in the blanks in the Word document and use Save As to save the individual forms under discrete names, such as Eval1, Eval2, Eval3, and so on.

What the forms look like
The download is a Word 97 document with two pages. The first page, shown in Figure A, is a sheet for the instructor to use. Figure B shows the second page, which is the form for the students.

Figure A
The instructor will use this form to evaluate the class.

Figure B
You’ll copy and distribute this form to your students.

Getting the download
You can find the download by following this link or by clicking on the Downloads link in the navigation bar on the left side of this page. TechRepublic has a lot of cool documents available for download, so be sure to check out the other offerings.

When you download the Word document, the first thing you should do is open the File menu and choose Save As. Then give the file a name such as Evalforms. With that, you’re ready to print and copy the forms for your class. You may want to customize the form by embedding your name in the space labeled Instructor. If you really want to get fancy, you could enter the name of the course—that’ll save your students a little time.

Here’s your chance to evaluate us

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