eCAFE is the Electronic Course And Faculty Evaluation System for the University of Hawai’i. eCAFE is an entirely online evaluation system, everything from setting the questions to filling out the evaluations and viewing the results is done online. Screenshots to assist faculty in setting up their account are located here.
The Center for Teaching Excellence provides workshops for faculty and departments for the purpose of articulating key differences between Rate My Professor and the official University of Hawai’i evaluation system.
The eCAFE evaluation system requires a uh username, is aligned with Banner Information System. Therefore, only students currently enrolled in courses which have enabled eCAFE surveys, will receive surveys. Results are considered personnel documents, and as such, belong to faculty. Faculty may choose to publish or share the results.
Rate My Professor is open to the public and is not aligned with the Office of the Registrar or the Banner Student Information System at the University of Hawai’i. The slide below illustrates the distinction between Rate My Professors and eCAFE.
When considering the relationship between mid-semester evaluation services (formative) and the end of semester eCAFE (summative), it is important to distinguish between formative and summative assessment.
Formative processes provide information on how a procedure or performance can be improved. Summative processes result in a conclusive judgement (Buller, 2012).
Mid-semester evaluations provide opportunities for formative dialogue between faculty and students about how a course is going before students complete the end of the semester summative evaluations. This allows faculty and students the opportunity to communicate about the course, revisit and/or clarify course objectives. According to Buller (2012) one of the most problematic issues in faculty evaluation occurs when a summative assessment is presented as a formative. CTE mid-semester services can assist with distinguishing key differences between formative and summative evaluations, as well as the differences between program evaluation, course feedback and instructional feedback.
The graph below illustrates how CTE mid-semester services and the end of semester provides the instructional support for the eCAFE electronic course and faculty evaluation system, and provides a timeline of feedback throughout the semester. Faculty also have the option of traditional paper/pencil end of semester evaluations using a scantron located in the Center for Instructional Support.
Faculty requesting CTE services at mid-semester will also receive documentation of the evaluation they may choose to include in their dossiers well as suggestions for communicating mid-semester results to students.
Buller, J. L. (2012). Best Practices in Faculty Evaluation: A Practical Guide for Academic Leaders (1st ed.). Jossey-Bass.