Evaluating VLT classes

Feedback from students and colleagues is an important part of developing effective teaching for learning. This is perhaps of even greater significance when using new technologies such as VLT and will be an essential tool to aid more effective integration of the technology into the student learning experience.

There are several options available:

Informal feedback from students

Don't underestimate informal chats during or after a class. It's a useful means to get instant feedback on issues that students might be having with the VLT environment.

Massey Online Survey Tool (MOST)

MOST cuts out the busy work of administering surveys and gathers student feedback using simple online questionnaires.  Staff can customise MOST surveys for feedback on specific areas of teaching and learning.

MOST homepage

Small Group Instructional Diagnosis (SGID)

The SGID is a process designed to gather information directly from students and teachers whilst a paper is being taught with the goal of aligning expectations to improve teaching and learning. The process involves an initial meeting with the teacher, a classroom interview, which requires 20 to 35 minutes of class time (depending on class size), a final report and teacher follow-up with students. Students are asked to focus on, prioritise and come to a consensus on the best and worst parts of the class, giving you an invaluable insight into the student experience of your class.

Contact your campus Centre for Teaching and Learning to speak to a teaching consultant about SGID.

Peer Assistance and Review of Teaching (PART)

Peer review is playing an increasingly central role in providing constructive feedback about the quality of teaching within university environments. After all, peer review has been the long-accepted method of judging the quality of scholarly activity. In recent years, university-level teaching has been reconceptualised in terms of the notion of scholarship and this has brought with it the need to include the views of peers in decisions about quality.

PART homepage

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