Several web sites are currently offline, including the front page for the Canvas course platform. Canvas however is still accessible, provided you use the link directly to the login page:

 http://rutgers.instructure.com/login/saml

OIT and DoCS are aware of the problem and are working to restore normal access. 

Dec 13 - CTAAR web site problems

We are experiencing some techincal problems with our web site. It may be intermittently unavailable. Thank you for your patience  while we work on correcting the issues.

[The problem has been resolved, but we're monitoring the issue in case of a recurrence.] 

November 27 - SIRS begins

The online Student Instructional Rating Surveys have been set up and are queued to begin on Monday, November 27th  with student responses due by December 15, for most courses. Faculty and instructors should have received emails regarding their surveys, if there are any problems or you did not receive email (please check your spam!) write to us at ctaar@brokenmail.rutgers.edu please replace brokenmail with docs.rutgers.edu as soon as possible. 

Online surveys will be found in two locations:

Some departments continue to use paper surveys, those have been distributed to departmental offices and can be handed out in class. 

For exact dates and survey location for any specific course, please search for the course on our current surveys web page. 

Please write to us at ctaar@brokenmail.rutgers.edu please replace "brokenmail" with docs.rutgers.edu if you need to contact CTAAR staff. 

Update: phone service has been restored as of November 21st, at 10:30 a.m.

CTAAR is pleased to continue providing a subscription to the Magna Publications library of videos and newsletters that cover a wide variety of topics related to teaching and learning. 

  • Magna Commons is a large video library of webinars and talks on higher education teaching and adminstration
  • Magna "20-Minute Mentors" are shorter videos covering many of the same topics in a more concise format
  • The Teaching Professor quarterly newsletter focuses on classroom issues
  • The Online Classroom monthly newsletter covers issues specific to online teaching.

To access the Magna publications, please log in to Sakai through our Magna Sakai Page, and click the "Magna Publications" link. 

https://sakai.rutgers.edu/portal/site/magna

Sakai is unavailable Wednesday, August 23rd, for system updates and maintenance. OIT plans to have it back online by the end of the day. 

Faculty and instructors who taught Summer 2017 courses should look for email messages (dated 8/21 or 8/22) with the results of their Student Instructional Rating Surveys.

CTAAR is currently using two survey systems:

  • For surveys conducted in Sakai: results are in an ".html" file attachment included with the email.
  • For surveys conducted in EvaluationKit: results are availlable now for download through https://sirs.ctaar.rutgers.edu/pilot and an addendum (statistics page only) will be sent as an ".html" file attachment in a few days.

For surveys conducted in Sakai, department administrators can view the survey results (statistics only) now through the SIRS Archive, https://ctaar.rutgers.edu/archive/ , and the survey reports with open-ended comments will be uploaded to Sakai dropboxes over the next several days. For surveys conducted in EvaluationKit, department administrators have full access immediately through the EvaluationKit link.

Faculty who use eCollege ("Pearson LearningStudio") for their courses must migrate their courses to another system due to the discontinuation of the eCollege / Pearson LearningStudio product, as previously announced last year.

Pearson officially discontinues support for eCollege at the end of the current Fall 2017 semester. 3rd-party integrations such as Turnitin.com will cease functioning within eCollege by the end of the term.

As of January 1, 2018, eCollege will go into an extended, limited-functionality mode for Rutgers' use; this is intended to provide additional time for moving courses to other systems. The limited functionality will impact students and we strongly recommend using other systems by the start of the Spring semester. All access ends on June 1, 2018 [UPDATED, this date is earlier than previously announced]. 

Faculty may move their eCollege courses to one of four supported systems:

  • Blackboard (Newark and RBS)
  • Canvas (primarily online courses as a direct replacement for eCollege, also available university-wide)
  • Sakai (university-wide)
  • Moodle (RBHS)

The Center for Online and Hybrid Learning and Instructional Technologies (COHLIT) provides assistance to faculty in moving their courses. Please refer to the following web pages for more information:

SIRS Spring 2017 Results Published

We have posted the Spring 2017 results of the Student Instructional Rating Survey. They are now available to students and the university community. Log in to the SIRS Results web site using your NetID - https://sirs.ctaar.rutgers.edu/

The posted SIRS results include the statistical summaries of the Student Instructional Rating Surveys. We do not post the open-ended student comments, nor do we post the results for Teaching Assistants. Instructors received their own survey results previously, by email on May 15th, or (for paper-based surveys) by campus mail care-of their department chairs in July. Faculty and instructors should retain their individual survey results for future reference. 

We are changing the administration of the Student Instructional Rating Survey (SIRS) for fully-online courses that are taught through eCollege (Pearson Learning Studio). Previously, the Center for Online and Hybrid Learning and Instructional Technologies (COHLIT) ran the surveys for many of these courses directly through eCollege. Beginning with the Summer 2017 term, the Center for Teaching Advancement and Assessment Research (CTAAR) will administer all eCollege course surveys through our "evaluationKit pilot" process. This change is necessary due to the eCollege "end of life", as the underlying survey component will soon cease to work in eCollege.

The only significant change that eCollege instructors and students will notice is that eCollege will no longer issue a "pop-up" alert to students to prompt them to complete the survey. Students and instructors will instead receive multiple email reminders. Some courses may see a small drop in student participation in SIRS as a result, but experience varies from course to course. 

Instructors who prefer that students receive an in-course "pop-up" prompt to complete the survey may want to consider moving their eCollege course to either Blackboard or Canvas, which we have now configured to support this feature (please note that this is automatic with Canvas, but for Blackboard courses you must contact CTAAR to request that we enable this feature for your course). Sakai is currently unable to support "pop up" prompts for surveys.

If you are teaching a course through eCollege and have any questions, please contact us at ctaar@brokenmail.rutgers.edu please replace "brokenmail" with docs.rutgers.edu.

If you have questions about migrating your eCollege course contact help@brokenmail.rutgers.edu please replace "brokenmail" with ecollege.rutgers.edu. COHLIT has additional information about preparing for the eCollege "End of Life"

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