University of Otago student evaluations give you the opportunity to provide confidential feedback about your learning experience. Teachers and administrators take honest and constructive feedback seriously. The more students who complete these questionnaires, the louder the student voice, and the more seriously it is taken.
- Teachers use your feedback to monitor and improve both their courses and their teaching.
- Heads of department use your feedback to monitor the teaching and learning across a department.
- The wider university uses your feedback to monitor the overall quality of courses and inform decisions about promotions and job confirmation.
Feedback is a vital part of any learning experience, as much for teachers as it is for students. For teachers to take feedback seriously and work on improving their teaching and courses, the criticisms must be constructive. Ensure open-ended comments:
- are respectful (for detail, see code of student conduct and ethical behaviour policy),
- are illustrated with examples,
- address aspects of teaching and courses that are positive as well as those that need improvement, and
- offer alternative solutions.
Comments about personal traits often elicit strong emotions and thus should be made with sensitivity. Focus your constructive comments on behaviours that can be improved.
While a teacher clearly has control over many of the factors that influence the quality of the teaching and the course, in many instances that influence is shared with the students and the administrators. By thinking about who is in a position to change problem areas, or maintain successful practices, it can help you frame your comments usefully. When possible, make suggestions from the student perspective as to actions that the teacher or administrators could take to help improve the situation.
The Evaluation team aggregates all responses in confidence to conceal individual identities. Comments though are reported unchanged. This aggregated report is returned to relevant individuals such as lecturers and the head of department.
The wider university is also interested in student responses aggregated at department and division levels. These are used to identify, and respond to, common threads in student opinions.
You will receive an email for each evaluation from firstname.lastname@example.org
. You can also visit My Questionnaires
to see if you have evaluations to complete. Be aware however, that this list will only show evaluations send directly to 'otago.ac.nz' email addresses, and not ones redirected from another email (eg., Gmail).
Evaluations can have up to 30 questions and will normally only take a few minutes (think of the time that your teacher takes to provide you feedback).
The Evaluation team provides staff and students with advice, and support on the University’s evaluation process.
Independent from faculty staff, the Evaluation service is responsible for administering the University’s system to collect student feedback on courses and teachers. Our goal is to process and report on student feedback in a timely fashion, while maintaining student confidentially.