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Student evaluation of teaching

Student evaluations of teaching (eTEVALs) are conducted with the aim of informing the University's commitment to continuous improvement in the delivery of high quality learning experiences for current and future students. Whilst not the only source of evaluation data about educational quality, the University considers students' views to be of critical importance in the evidence-based approaches used within the University to target improvements in both teaching practices and the quality of programs and courses.

Electronic Teaching Evaluations (eTEVALs)

From Semester One, 2012, Bond began administering electronic teaching evaluations using a cloud based survey platform. This online process is quicker, more convenient, and completely confidential. Evaluations will be available to complete from Week 10 until after the exam period each semester for standard offerings and intensive offerings will be available at the conclusion of teaching. Students will be invited to complete their evaluations via an email link that is sent directly to the Bond student email. Students are encouraged to take a few minutes to complete the surveys and be candid with their responses.

Students will receive both educator and subject evaluations for all subjects they’re enrolled into each semester. The Educator evaluation is used to evaluate the individual lecturers and tutors (5 Likert scale questions and 2 open comments), and the Subject survey is used to evaluate the subject design and structure (5 Likert scale questions and 2 open comments).

eTEVAL results

A summary of results is made available to the Faculties and the individual instructors in "O" Week of the following semester. The quantitative Likert scale responses to all subject eTEVAL reports are available through the eTEVAL Results Portal with the most recent results updated in "O" Week each semester.

FAQs

Conducting eTEVALs online simplifies the process and provides a more secure environment in which students can be assured that their responses are completely anonymous, and the data is more accurate.

With eTEVALs, students are given more time to complete the form in their own time. This gives students the opportunity to provide more thoughtful feedback, and allows students who may have missed a class to still have their say.

eTEVALs provide a greater level of anonymity by eliminating the possibility of a Lecturer/Tutor identifying your handwriting. eTEVALs are administered centrally through the Office of Learning and Teaching; therefore lectures/tutors do not gain access to results until "O Week" of the subsequent semester.

Moving eTEVALs online saves tons of paper every year, helping us contribute to a greener environment.

All responses are completely anonymous. When a student submits their evaluation, the system separates any personal identification details from the responses provided into separate tables. All data/reports are managed centrally through the Office of Learning and Teaching; therefore Faculty staff never see the identity of a student who has submitted an evaluation. When an educator/instructor gains access to the Subject level reports, the only information they see are the aggregated results for their classes.

Yes. Typically a student will receive two eTEVALs per subject that they are enrolled in. This will vary depending on the number of Educators/Instructors that have taught a particular subject. The evaluations are split into Subject evaluations and Educator evaluations. The Subject evaluation aims to evaluate the subject content and structure, while the Educator evaluation aims to evaluate the quality of teaching and delivery of the individual instructors.

Faculty only gain access to results after exam results have been released, this is generally during "O" Week of the following semester. eTEVALs are designed to protect student anonymity, therefore Instructors only gain access to the de-identified results.

No. Students can complete their eTEVALs at anytime, commencing from Week 10. eTEVALs will remain open until the end of the semester.

A pop-up feature has been integrated into the iLearn dashboard. If you have incomplete eTEVALs the pop-up will continually appear until you action one of the options. eTEVALs will remain open until the end of the semester. Student feedback is important and provides the Faculties with an opportunity to improve course content and delivery. It is also used to help inform the Curriculum Review process and is used for academic review and promotion. Students should take care in completing their eTEVALs as accurately as possible.

Information for Educators and Administrators

For assistance regarding accessing your eTEVAL reports, evaluation setup and administration please contact Dannielle Wright.

For teaching coaching, support and individualised professional development contact Dr Sarah Long.