Taskforce met with key stakeholders and introduced the planned update to solicit their input. Stakeholder groups included Deans, Welfare Council of the Faculty Senate, Academic Policy Council of the Faculty Senate, and Student Advisory Council for Undergraduate Affairs. Feedback was also sought out via undergraduate and graduate student focus groups and through a survey administered to all faculty in spring 2018.
Taskforce Technical subcommittee tested out third-party vendors for viability and usability with UFIT systems. In addition, the Taskforce Policy subcommittee held meetings with various faculty specialists on campus, including psychometricians and pedagogical theorists, to solicit their feedback on the update to the question sets. The subcommittee held both undergraduate and graduate student focus groups. Once all feedback was received, an updated list of questions was given to the Taskforce for final recommendations and then sent to the Faculty Senate.
The third phase will consist of a pilot of the third-party vendor application, as well as the updated question sets during the Fall 2018 term. Three colleges have been selected to participate in the Fall 2018 pilot. During this piolet phase, data will be collected regarding the effectiveness of the third-party vendor and the updated questions, as well as system load testing. Additional pilots will be run during Spring 2019 and Summer 2019.
Phase four will consist of an analysis of the pilots with associated system, process and procedural adjustments being made to improve usability of the system. The results will be shared with deans, faculty, and students.
Campus-wide implementation is set to occur in Fall 2019 with all departments and colleges using the GatorEvals application and question sets.