Module evaluation surveys

Student evaluation of a module is an essential part of module review. There are minimum requirements for evaluation surveys, including a set of core statements which must be included.

As a minimum, every module must be surveyed following its delivery. Mid-module evaluations, or ‘snapshots’ (see below), are also used to capture the full student experience and are encouraged as a mechanism for highlighting opportunities for enhancements during the course of module delivery. Mid module evaluations should certainly be used where a module is new, significantly amended or considered ‘at risk’.  

Process

Follow these guidelines when running a module evaluation survey:

  • The standard set of (required) core statements must be used - read Module evaluation survey statements.
  • All core statements require a response based on a 5 point Likert scale - read Module evaluation survey statements.
  • Students should be allocated class time to complete the module evaluation as this has been shown to improve survey response rates.
  • Schools can use Minerva to collect and collate evaluations or can use paper-based surveys administered and collated by support staff and/or student representatives.
  • The collated results for a module should be reported to the staff teaching on the module and to the Director of Student Education (or equivalent in a unitary faculty).
  • The module team, chaired by the module leader, should be responsible for undertaking the detailed evaluation and for responding appropriately.

Mid-module snapshots

Schools are encouraged to put in place mechanisms to obtain mid-module snapshot evaluations, and particularly for:

  • all new modules
  • modules where the form of teaching has significantly changed
  • modules deemed by the STSEC to be at risk
  • modules where action has been taken following an earlier unfavourable evaluation.  

The option to carry out a ‘mid module snapshot’ is available through the Enterprise Survey for ‘long, thin’ modules delivered over 2 semesters. The survey opens at the mid-point and is available for students to complete for a 4 week period. Mid-module snapshot evaluations can also be easily carried out using, for example, electronic voting systems ("clickers") in lectures or short surveys through Minerva. You could also consider sampling students or focus groups. 

Reporting and follow-up

The module survey quantitative profiles should be presented in the same way as the NSS scores and be considered at the School Student Education Committee and the Student:Staff Forum.

Give specific consideration to modules where fewer than 80% of respondents "mostly agree", both with individual core statements and in the overall evaluation score. Read more in Module review.

    The results of the student evaluation for each module and any response to it should be made available to students. Feedback to students may be delivered via Minerva, in module handbooks, or orally during the next introduction to the module.

    Reference

    Committee paper - FTSEC/18-15.