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The regular evaluation of units and of the teaching of those units is central to improving teaching and learning.  

The evaluation of teaching and units is conducted online and will utilise a new instrument in T2, 2014, eVALUate. The survey requires students to reflect on their learning experience and the achievement of the stated learning outcomes for their units. Further details of the questions can be referenced at The eVALUate Survey

Reports

Following administration of the survey to students there are a number of different reports made available. 

Most reports present the evaluations quantitative outcomes in summary form. Reports containing comments on units or teachers have the comments reported verbatim. The reports inclusive of student comments and teacher outcomes are only available to the relevant teaching staff, unit chairs and senior Faculty staff.

Public reports and those made available to students only provide aggregated data on the quantitative survey questions with details on response rates and relevant demographic information.

There are also reports provided at the course, School, Faculty and University level focusing on the responses to quantitative survey items.

Further information about, and access to, reports is provided by the Strategic Intelligence and Planning Unit (SIPU).

Key timelines for the administration of student surveys and generation of reports in 2014 is available at Survey Evaluation Framework.

To support your interpretation of survey data, and subsequent application to your teaching, a series of online resources have been developed. These can be accessed at any time and are all available online at Teaching and Learning staff.

Staff Support

Resources on a range of topics are being developed to complement implementation of eVALUate as the new student evaluation survey used to review student learning experiences in units each trimester from T2.

Click the button below to view these resources.

eVALUate Staff Support

FAQs

What do I need to do?

Review these FAQs and examine the sample reports located at Evaluating teaching and learning to make sure that you are fully prepared for the reports when they are produced at the end of Trimester 2 in 2014.

What support is available for working with the new form of survey responses?

A Staff Support site dedicated to eVALUate will be accessible from the Evaluating Teaching and Learning home page with videos and information, in conjunction with a series of professional development activities for all teaching staff on the interpretation of eVALUate reports, and their application in the enhancement of units of study. Details regarding the workshop activities will be made available from August 2014 and resources will be added progressively ahead of reports being made available to staff in November.Leadership development activities will also be available on the strategic use of survey data in planning, course enhancement and through the PPR process.

How do I demonstrate good teaching if there is no longer a mean score provided?

eVALUate reports provide regular feedback to further develop your skills as a teacher and to demonstrate your effectiveness in facilitating student learning. Demonstrating your effectiveness as a teacher is not a matter of simple scores but about being able to show how you have evaluated your teaching using amongst other things student feedback. eVALUate reports provide both quantitative and qualitative information reflecting on a range of factors which contribute to the learning experience of students, particularly on the achievement of learning outcomes for your units. Considering student feedbackprovided and then demonstrating how you have responded to this is a far better approach to demonstrating your skills as a teacher and reflective academic. To help you in both interpreting the surveys and using that information to enhance your teaching, there will be available a dedicated Staff Support site accessible from the Evaluating Teaching and Learning home page, incorporating videos and other information to assist you. In addition, there will be available workshops and discussion groups throughout the trimester.

Can I change the questions or add additional questions?

No, the questions can't be added to or altered. eVALUate is a validated survey approved by the Deakin University Academic Board and used by a number of other universities including Curtin University, Federation University and University of Tasmania. Using a validated survey employed by other universities will allow us opportunities to benchmark in the future and it provides a consistent approach across the higher education sector allowing us to track results over time.

What are the benefits of eVALUate?

eVALUate focuses on how students learn and what they get out of it, and it will give you a better indication of how that is going. Using the unit learning outcomes as the main focus the unit reports will provide a more comprehensive and balanced report of good teaching practices and will help you better identify solutions to problem areas as well as acknowledgement of what is working and what was helpful for the student. As the questions are more about what students get from the unit, these reports will give you information that will be helpful in assisting to improve the unit as well as the quality of the teaching. The reports will also be useful for promotion applications and in nominations for awards and internal learning grant applications.

Can my unit be exempt from eVALUate?

  

If you believe your unit cannot be adequately evaluated using eVALUate, you can apply for exemption. This request for exemption, which will include an alternative evaluation procedure, is submitted by the Faculty to the Chair of the Academic Board. Details are outlined in the Evaluation of Teaching and Units Procedure


Other Queries Not Covered Above

For queries of a technical nature or in relation to student evaluations administration, analysis & reporting email the Strategic Intelligence and Planning Unit (SIPU), dusurvey@deakin.edu.au

For queries regarding the eVALUate instrument and why it was selected or the usage of evaluation outcomes by academic staff, please send an email to evaluate@deakin.edu.au.

Emails to these addresses are regularly monitored and will be forwarded to the appropriate person for follow-up.

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