Development of a new Course Evaluations Framework

13 October 2017

A project is underway to develop a new framework for course evaluations and associated management information services supporting teaching and learning enhancement at ANU. This includes a review of Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) survey instruments and processes.

Broadly, the project will phase the development of a number of framework elements including policies and procedures, feedback instruments/processes/systems, associated management information and analytical services, and organisational change.

A number of tasks are already complete or underway including sector benchmarking and literature review case studies to evaluate current practice, formal governance structures, and project management practices to direct work and minimise risks. Future work will include best practice development approaches to survey and other feedback processes including independent psychometric testing of instruments, policy review and development, strong consultation with internal stakeholders,  business analysis, systems technical development, and user support (to support management information and analytical services functions), with a proper regard for change including strong and transparent communication strategies with stakeholders.

The project is being governed by an Advisory Committee, chaired by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Prof Marnie Hughes-Warrington. The Committee has strong representation from senior academics, Planning & Performance Measurement (PPM) Division and student associations.

At the first meeting the Advisory Committee emphasised the need to develop a framework that works to help teachers improve and particularly recognise good practice. PPM is pleased to be able to contribute to such a crucial body of work to ultimately affect significant positive change on learning and teaching at the ANU.

Enquiries

Enquiries can be directed to Sara Rowley or David De Bellis at evaluations@anu.edu.au.