Course Evaluations (SPOTS/SOIS)
As of Spring 2013 the Student Perception of Teaching Survey (SPOTS) became the official ECU course evaluation survey intended to help instructors and their department chairs evaluate and improve instruction through the use of student feedback. SPOTS was approved by the Faculty Senate and the Chancellor as the replacement of the Student Opinion of Instruction Survey (SOIS) which was used at ECU for many years. The SOIS reports were last used for the Spring 2012-Fall 2012 evaluation cycle, and the first evaluation cycle for SPOTS was Spring 2013-Fall 2013. The School of Medicine continues to use a different course evaluation instrument more suited for medical courses.
Both SPOTS and the SOIS were intended to serve as just one input into the evaluation of instruction. SPOTS is to be used together with peer evaluations and other measures to evaluate instruction. As with the SOIS, students may make comments in SPOTS and they are provided only to the instructor.
There are four versions of the SPOTS survey form to accommodate the types of courses taught (see below). To help maintain student confidentiality, courses must have at least 6 students enrolled to be surveyed.