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Responding to student evaluation of teaching : closing the loop

Coldwell-Neilson, Jo, Dew, Robert and Goscinski, Andrzej 2015, Responding to student evaluation of teaching : closing the loop, in HERDSA : Learning for Life and Work in a Complex World, Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia,, Milperra, N.S.W., pp. 72-81.

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Title Responding to student evaluation of teaching : closing the loop
Author(s) Coldwell-Neilson, JoORCID iD for Coldwell-Neilson, Jo orcid.org/0000-0002-3602-8334
Dew, RobertORCID iD for Dew, Robert orcid.org/0000-0001-7752-162X
Goscinski, Andrzej
Conference name Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia. Conference (38th : 2015 : Melbourne, Victoria)
Conference location Melbourne, Victoria
Conference dates 6-9 Jul. 2015
Title of proceedings HERDSA : Learning for Life and Work in a Complex World
Publication date 2015
Start page 72
End page 81
Total pages 10
Publisher Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia,
Place of publication Milperra, N.S.W.
Keyword(s) student evaluation of teaching
student engagement
quality improvement
Summary Our undergraduate curriculum focuses on preparing students to be critical thinkers, problem solvers, and knowledgeable, responsible information technology (IT) professionals. Students often question the relevance of core subjects which are designed to introduce and develop these attributes; such units regularly perform poorly in student evaluation of teaching. Although these subjects are strongly grounded in meeting industry expectations regarding employability skills, students do not value the learning as the curriculum is deemed non-technical and not worthy of inclusion in an IT qualification. As these are core subjects, improving student perceptions and learning outcomes is of critical importance. Simply responding to student feedback received via student evaluation of teaching had not resulted in any improvement; so a holistic approach was adopted. A workshop was organised to explore the issues and develop a strategy to improve outcomes and perceptions of these subjects. Rather than addressing student feedback specifically, the underlying issues that led to students’ negative perceptions were identified and addressed. Recommendations were implemented in 2014 resulting in improvements in student evaluation for relevant subjects. In this paper, we will discuss the process that was adopted to respond effectively to student evaluations, and explore the impact that this had on them.
ISBN 9780908557967
ISSN 1441-001X
Language eng
Field of Research 080609 Information Systems Management
Socio Economic Objective 930502 Management of Education and Training Systems
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
ERA Research output type E Conference publication
Copyright notice ©2015, HERDSA and The Authors
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30079042

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