Course evaluation is a formative process that works best in tandem with the design, development and delivery of a teaching and learning experience. There are many forms of ‘evaluation’ serving different purposes and speaking to different audiences. Tailoring an evaluation process to shed light on future improvements is the main objective but there are other worthwhile spin-offs that return a profit on your investment of time and resources.
The evidence of improved learning outcomes derived from an investigation of changed teaching practices makes a convincing argument; running through all manner of professional narratives (e.g. award, grant and fellowship submissions; journal articles; and promotion applications).
Feedback Enhanced Learning & Teaching (FELT)
The Centre for Learning & Teaching (CLT) is soon to adopt from Performance Planning & Measurement (PPM) the educational component of processing feedback from the ANU Student Experience of Learning & Teaching Surveys (SELT). With its focus being directed at the analysis and dissemination of student feedback.
This shift of management reflects the expertise and experience CLT brings to bear in support of the prioritisation of using feedback and reporting to improve learning and teaching. As FELT services mature, over coming years, the institution-wide knowledge of student experiences will form a valuable background to more targeted approaches to course-level evaluations.
With limited resources, CLT can offer support to teaching staff wishing to establish their own evaluation frameworks.
As with most design processes, the initial phase would trigger a scoping exercise that determines the Evaluation Aims ensuring the chosen approach is:
- Relevant (being purposeful, giving carriage to meaningful results);
- Effective (being productive, delivering consistent outputs); and
- Sustainable (being progressive, enabling long term benefits).
The evaluation methodology, through informal or formal methods, may involve a light form of Action Research which will return a good mix of quantitative and qualitative insights that lead to improved learning and teaching experiences. What drives a useful evaluation is enquiry, and it’s that nagging question, that inkling of an idea, that warrants an investigation into an array of alternative solutions.
Contact CLT's Evaluations Team
For enquiries regarding course-level evaluations please contact firstname.lastname@example.org