Staff FAQs about Unit Feedback
Unit Feedback data are used widely across the SCU: for quality management on teaching in units; as an indicator for staff in academic probation and promotion; and as a measure of achievement against the university's key performance target of improved teaching quality.
Evaluation of teaching and learning is one of the regulatory obligations for Australian universities and used as evidence to show the University meets the Higher Education Standards.
In 2004 SCU established the online student evaluation of units as part of a systematic approach to student feedback on learning and teaching. From 2006 it was mandated that every student would have the opportunity to provide feedback on every coursework unit in every study period using the online feedback system. In 2009 the system was extended to collect feedback on teaching.
The scope of Unit Feedback Survey is every enabling and coursework unit in every study period, in all modes of delivery, including units taught offshore and by SCU's partner institutions such as The Hotel School.
Unit and teacher information for each teaching period is extracted from the Unit and Course Management System (UCMS) and unit enrolment information is extracted from the Student Management system.
First check if UCMS has the correct staff listed for the unit in the appropriate teaching period & location. If not please arrange with the relevant person in your school/college to make the necessary changes (staff additions or removals) in the UCMS. If staff are listed correctly for the teaching period & location please contact BIQ email@example.com.
For a standard teaching period, the survey period starts in the final week of the period and finishes in the week following the exams period. The survey period can vary for units taught outside of standard teaching dates.
If your teaching is delivered in a non-standard timetable you may request that the survey period for your unit be altered. To start this process, email the details of your unit, including teaching dates to firstname.lastname@example.org
Direct encouragement from unit assessors and teachers can significantly improve response rates for a unit.
To ensure your unit receives the highest possible number of responses, please remind students during classes to complete their Unit Feedback.
At the conclusion of each teaching session, a range of reports are produced. Reports are usually made available following release of grades to students. The standard reports are:
|University-wide Summary Report||All staff and students|
|School Feedback Report||Heads of School & Directors of Teaching & Learning|
|Unit Feedback Report||Unit Assessors, Teaching staff, Heads of School|
|Unit Teacher Summary||Unit Assessors, Heads of School|
|Teaching Feedback Report||Teaching staff, Heads of School|
You can access feedback reports for all of your units (from Session 3 2014 onwards) by logging into the unit feedback system via Blackboard.
Unit feedback report results can be compared with School and University averages from the University-wide Summary Report. Your School's Director of Teaching & Learning may provide assistance with interpretation of the results and materials to help put individual unit results in context.