- What is course evaluation for?
- Do I have to take part in the evaluation?
- Can I also take part in an evaluation if I am not in my faculty’s plan for evaluation of teaching practice?
- Are questionnaires available in other languages?
- What happens to the data?
- What does a quality indicator show?
- Why are there sometimes problems with delivery?
- Why are some returned questionnaires not machine-readable?
What is course evaluation for?
Course evaluation is designed to let teaching staff know what sort of impression students have of their course. One particularly important aspect of this is specific feedback on the strengths and weaknesses of the course concept and teaching work. Teaching staff can use this information to reflect on their own teaching work. In addition, the results of the course evaluation offer a good opportunity to create a dialogue with students that can help to establish the quality of courses long-term.
Do I have to take part in the evaluation?
Yes, if you are a member of teaching staff at the University of Göttingen and your faculty’s plan for evaluation of teaching practice includes it, you must take part under the rules on evaluation of teaching and learning. Students are free to choose whether to take part or not.
Can I also take part in an evaluation if I am not in my faculty’s plan for evaluation of teaching practice?
You are welcome to register your courses for evaluation if they are not on your faculty’s plan for evaluation of teaching practice. Please contact the Office of the Dean of Studies of your faculty and register your wish to do so.
Are questionnaires available in other languages?
Yes, all questionnaires can also be obtained in English.
What happens to the data?
The data from returned questionnaires are stored as anonymised data sets in a database (EvaSys) which can only be accessed by Quality Management staff. Teaching staff receive an exclusive written analysis of the evaluation of their course, compiling the most important analytical points.
When the evaluation is underway, the Offices of the Deans of Studies receive a summary of who has participated and who has not, in order to be able to issue specific reminders to participate. In addition, the Offices of the Deans of Studies receive a written report with aggregated data after semester end. Likewise, the quality data are transmitted to the Strategic Development and Controlling Office as part of the performance-oriented allocation of resources.
What does a quality indicator show?
Quality indicators cover various items, which are developed as part of an AG (Working group) and are intended to enable presentation of the quality of courses with specific figures and enable comparison of various courses. You can find more information on the composition of quality indicators here.
Why are there sometimes problems with delivery?
The procedure depends at two key stages on e-mail communications. The e-mail addresses of all tutors are automatically transferred from UniVZ when the courses are established. Nevertheless, most transfer problems arise from incorrect or missing addresses and can be corrected quickly upon request (“where is my questionnaire?”). It is also quick and simple to add individual courses.
Why are some returned questionnaires not machine-readable?
In some cases, questionnaires are not machine-readable. To understand what can go wrong, it helps to outline the reading process: each individual sheet is scanned to create a digital picture, so at first the system only has information on how black or white the paper is at each point. To translate this pixel data, the software must recognise which black pixel belongs to an X that a student has made to mark their answer to the question. To do this, picture recognition software first of all detects the four L-shaped corners on each questionnaire and thereby adjusts and resizes the picture. This means that each pixel in the image can be assigned a precise place on the questionnaire. The software can thus locate whether the pixel is within a box that can be marked with an X, read it, and if there are several black pixels in a box identify it as an X. The software also identifies which course the questionnaire relates to using the barcode at the foot of the page.
here you can find a detailed summary of the criteria that apply to printing out the sheets.
You can find more FAQ here.