Improving Teaching and Learning through Formative Evaluation: Using a Customised Online Tool to Collect Student Feedback
Robert Corderoy, Ray Stace, Sandra Wills, Centre for Educational Development and Interactive Resources University of Wollongong, Australia ; Albert Ip, Multimedia Education Unit., University of Melbourne, Australia
Indian Journal of Open Learning Volume 9, Number 3, ISSN 0971-2690 Publisher: Indira Gandhi National Open University
Good teachers spend time reflecting on their teaching practice. What is working, what isn't - and more importantly, why? Such reflection is an essential component of maintaining and improving both teaching practice and the learning outcomes forstudents. Changes in current teaching practice towards more flexible teaching and learning environments and especially towards more student-centred online environments make this an even more important process.To answer this kind of question requires data that reflects the student's viewpoint on the teaching process and the time to collect and analyse it. As the subject itself is more and more likely to have some kind of online component, it is sensible tomake use of the flexibility offered by an associated automated online survey.The Centre for Educational Development and Interactive Resources (CEDIR) at the University of Wollongong in association with the Multimedia Education Unit (MEU) at Melbourne University has developed an online tool to collect student feedback on these aspects of their experiences. The Subject Online Survey (SOS) is a cost andtime efficient, web basedsystem for collecting this feedback Teachers can use it to design andauthor customised surveys to collect information about the success or otherwise of the subject they teach from a student viewpoint. These surveys may be completed anonymously by the students via the web (using randomly generated, survey specific numeric tokens) and the data is automatically collated and returned to the teacher. The teacher may also produce the surveys in hard copy, for manual distribution and collation.The system provides a 'non-threatening'and 'informal' mechanism by which teachers can obtain usefulinformation about the subjects they develop andteach in terms of subject based criteria rather than the 'teacher based criteria'of the formal Teaching Surveys. In this time of declining University budgets, SOS provides a very cost efficient solution to the collection of this data.
Corderoy, R., Stace, R., Wills, S. & Ip, A. (2000). Improving Teaching and Learning through Formative Evaluation: Using a Customised Online Tool to Collect Student Feedback. Indian Journal of Open Learning, 9(3), 423-432. Indira Gandhi National Open University.