The eVALUate survey

The eVALUate survey items are designed to be meaningful to students across a wide range of disciplines in all Deakin's learning experiences: classes, seminars, practicals and others, whether on campus or in the cloud (online). Evaluation of each unit takes only a few minutes but the timely feedback provided is invaluable to the academic staff and the University with an opportunity for changes to be made in future offerings.

The survey has 11 quantitative items and two qualitative items. Each quantitative item has a brief explanatory text for clarification. Students can hide the explanatory text online if they wish.

The quantitative items ask students to report on their level of agreement with statements about:

  • the design features of the unit and how they assist their achievement of unit learning outcomes (Figure 1, items 1–7)
  • motivation and engagement in learning (Figure 1, items 8–10)
  • overall satisfaction (Figure 1, item 11)
  • satisfaction with teaching of named individual (Figure 2).

Students select one of five responses for each item:

  • strongly disagree
  • disagree
  • agree
  • strongly agree
  • unable to judge.

The inclusion of qualitative items allows the students to comment on their experience of the teaching by nominated individuals (Figure 2), their thoughts on what the most helpful aspects of the unit were and suggestions about how the unit could be improved (Figure 3).

The teacher satisfaction questions are repeated for each individual who contributed to the teaching of the relevant unit offering (unit/class/campus combination). Operation of the survey has been enhanced so that the teacher questions are only displayed when names are selected (Figure 2).

Figure 1.


Strongly Disagree



Strongly Agree

Unable to Judge

1. The learning outcomes in this unit are clearly identified.

The learning outcomes are what you are expected to know, understand or be able to do in order to be successful in this unit.

2. The learning experiences in this unit help me to achieve the learning outcomes.

The learning experiences, on campus or in CloudDeakin, could include: classes, lectures, tutorials, laboratories, clinical practicums, fieldwork, directed learning tasks, and online experience.

3. The learning resources in this unit help me to achieve the learning outcomes.

Learning resources could include print, multimedia and online study materials, or equipment.

4. The assessment tasks in this unit evaluate my achievement of the learning outcomes.

Assessment tasks are those which are rewarded by marks, grades or feedback, and directly assess your achievement of the learning outcomes.

5. Feedback on my work in this unit helps me to achieve the learning outcomes.

Feedback includes written or verbal comments on your work.

6. The workload in this unit is appropriate to the achievement of the learning outcomes.

Workload includes class attendance, reading, researching, group activities and assessment tasks.

7. The quality of teaching in this unit helps me to achieve the learning outcomes.

Quality teaching occurs when knowledgeable and enthusiastic teaching staff interact positively with students in well-organised teaching and learning experiences.

8. I am motivated to achieve the learning outcomes in this unit.

Being motivated means having the desire or drive to learn, to complete tasks and to willingly strive for goals.

9. I make best use of the learning experiences in this unit.

I prepare for and follow up on the learning experiences offered in this unit.

10. I think about how I can learn more effectively in this unit.

I take time to think about how I can learn more effectively.

11. Overall, I am satisfied with this unit.

Overall, this unit provides a quality learning experience.

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