Student feedback (SFB) can have different purposes for different users, eg. do you need the data to include in a teaching portfolio, do you experience some kind of a challenge in your teaching, do you plan to change the curriculum, were there significant changes in the module/programme or perhaps in the cohort of students, etc?
Some of the main purposes of student feedback at SU are:
- To empower lecturers to improve their teaching
- To contribute to the professional learning of lecturers
- To be used as part of the teaching and learning process
- To enhance the students’ experience of learning and teaching
- To ensure the effectiveness of course design and delivery
- To help students reflect on their experiences and provide constructive inputs to the teaching and learning process
- To identify good practice
- To contribute to monitoring and reviewing of quality and standards
At Stellenbosch University, we encourage that student feedback should first aim to empower lecturers to improve their own teaching. Only thereafter should student feedback be used for any other purpose, and then with great circumspection.
Furthermore, it is up to the staff member involved to decide whether to discuss the feedback with colleagues and what action to take. The advisor from the Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL) who is allocated to your faculty, is available to discuss the feedback and collaborate in the development of improved teaching strategies if requested.
You can find the CTL contact details here.
Student feedback is only one source of feedback on the teaching and learning process. Should you wish to discuss alternative ways of obtaining feedback on your teaching or modules, from sources other than students, please do not hesitate to contact the CTL advisor in your faculty.