Module evaluation surveys

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

Every module must be surveyed following its delivery. Read more in Module review.

Process

Follow these guidelines when running a module evaluation survey:

  • The standard set of statements must be used - read Module evaluation survey statements.
  • The process for the collection of student evaluations and the collation of quantitative data should not involve staff teaching on the module. 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 should put in place mechanisms to obtain mid-module snapshot evaluations 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.

 

Mid-module snapshot evaluations can 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.

    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 - FLTC/10-49 Programme and Module Review - to access this paper, contact the Quality Assurance team.