Clarification of Terminology

Evaluation
Rigorous analysis, performed by experts, of completed or ongoing activities that determine or support, amongst others effectiveness and efficiency.  E.g. external evaluation of departments.

 

Student Feedback
(Helpful) information or criticism to the lecturer that is given by the student. This information can provide direction about what can be done to improve the effectiveness of teaching, in the opinion of the student. It is given by students and is usually anonymous. At SU, for example, student feedback is collected via the electronic Student Feedback system platform, and in informal feedback such as Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs).

 

Formative (Student) Feedback
Student feedback that is obtained during the teaching process within the module or programme. This information can help lecturers to refine the module or adjust their teaching during the course of the module and thus improve the learning experience of the current students. Various CATs can be used for this purpose.

 

Summative (Student) Feedback
Student feedback that is obtained upon completion of the teaching process within the module or programme. These questionnaires are normally distributed via the institutional student feedback system.