Is the response rate for Web-based course evaluations significantly lower than paper evaluations?

Sometimes, but only during the pilot phase or immediately after Web-based evaluations are implemented. Once the system is fully operational and standard procedures have been established, Web-based response rates are equivalent to paper response rates. For more information, see the studies referenced in the Electronic Course Evaluations Executive Summary and Gathering and Applying Meaningful Data from Student Course Evaluations. According to the literature, response rates generally return to the paper-based rates by the second or third year after full implementation.