DRAFT Feedback on Teaching

Feedback From Students

Unit Questionnaire

At the end of each unit, normally in the final week of lectures for the unit, the lecturer will distribute a questionnaire. This contains questions about the contents of the unit, the associated coursework, textbooks, laboratory facilities and other such aspects. It is completed anonymously and the lecturer will allow time during a lecture. The lecturer collects the forms and makes a summary. In the case of questions whose answer is a number on a scale, the average should be worked out. In the case of other comments, a summary of the main points should be made.

The summary is sent by the lecturer to the unit director, then to the Year or Course Tutor and finally to the Director of Undergraduate Studies. The Year/Course Tutor makes the summaries available to the student representative for the appropriate year(s).

The results of questionnaires are considered

The Quality Assurance committee should receive a report at the end of each semester from the Director of Undergraduate Studies confirming the receipt of the summaries for each unit.

Lecturer Questionnaire

Each lecturer distributes a questionnaire at least twice during the year. It would normally be given out to a class after at least six hours' teaching to that class. It contains questions about the lecturer's performance, such as audibility, legibility, style of interaction with the class, lecture notes and handouts and other aspects of the delivery of taught material. It is completed anonymously and the lecturer will allow time during a lecturer. The lecturer collects the forms and makes a summary. In the case of questions whose answer is a number on a scale, the average should be worked out. In the case of other comments, a summary of the main points should be made.

The summary is sent by the lecturer to his or her Staff Development interviewer, and then to the Head of Department.

The Quality Assurance committee should receive an annual report from the Head of Department confirming the receipt of the summaries for each lecturer.

The results of these questionnaires can be considered by the Staff Development interviewer and the Head of Department when discussing the career development needs of the lecturer.

Staff Student Meetings

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Peer Observation

Staff are encouraged to share experience and good practice in teaching. Peer observation encourages this, and is intended to be of benefit to both observer and the lecturer observed.

The Director of Undergraduate Studies draws up an appropriate list of all teaching staff at the start of each year. Each person on the list arranges to observe a lecture given by the persons immediately after them on the list (the last observes the first on the list).

The observer attends a lecture, which is previously agreed by the lecturer. As soon as possible after the lecture, both discuss the main points arising. The lecturer then writes a short summary, picking out any positive points and constructive criticism noted by the observer. Once this is agreed between both observer and lecturer the summary is sent to the Staff Development interviewer and then to the Head of Department.

The Quality Assurance committee should receive a regular report from the Head of Department confirming the receipt of the summaries for each lecturer.

The results of these questionnaires can be considered by the Staff Development interviewer and the Head of Department when discussing the career development needs of the lecturer.

Staff Training

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