Measuring and improving student course engagement and learning success through online student evaluation systems

Shelley Kinash, Madelaine-Marie Judd, Vishendran Naidu, Elizabeth Santhanam, Julie Fleming, Marian Tulloch, Beatrice Tucker, Chenicheri Sid Nair

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    Abstract

    Extract: Online student evaluation systems are an opportunity for student engagement and learning improvement. However, they are currently limited by low response rates. Educators tend not to trust them and students describe the activity of filling in multiple surveys as futile. Student feedback processes have largely become academic performance review instruments rather than evaluation and change catalysts. However, there are universities successfully using student evaluation to measure student course engagement and learning development, and then involving students in improving the overall student experience. This completed OLT Seed project was designed to fully develop six such innovations into case studies. The project pursued the questions: How can we measure student engagement and learning success using student evaluation processes? And how can students contribute to on-going improvement in university learning and teaching? The team drew-out a cohesive set of key issues, strategies and recommendations, and disseminated these to the higher education sector through a symposium and a website.
    Original languageEnglish
    PublisherAustralian Government Office for Learning and Teaching
    Number of pages67
    ISBN (Print)978-1-76028-240-0
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

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    Kinash, S., Judd, M-M., Naidu, V., Santhanam, E., Fleming, J., Tulloch, M., ... Nair, C. S. (2015). Measuring and improving student course engagement and learning success through online student evaluation systems. Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching.