Student feedback at Stellenbosch University is an important process aimed at supporting and promoting good teaching at the institution. Student feedback can either be informally gathered via
Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs) and Class representatives or formally through the institutional electronic Student feedback system administered by the Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL).
Student feedback at SU is governed by a
policy which encourages faculties and/or departments to keep the following points of departure regarding the use of Student Feedback, in mind:
The use of Student Feedback should firstly aim to empower individual lecturers to improve their own teaching. Only thereafter should feedback be used for any other purpose, and then with great circumspection.
The reliability of student feedback results could be affected by various factors (response rates, the time of obtaining feedback, etc.) These and other factors that could influence the results should be taken into account when interpreting the results.
Lecturers are encouraged to in turn, provide feedback to students about the use and impact of student feedback to promote learning and teaching.
2018 Learning and Teaching Policy (point 7.1.3) indicates that student feedback is the primary source of information about students' experiences of learning and teaching, but that the data should be used in combination with other sources of feedback. Examples of such sources are Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs), feedback from colleagues, self-evaluation and reflection and literature.
Since January 2020 only the electronic student feedback system is in use and no paper based Student Feedback forms will be provided or processed for both undergraduate and postgraduate modules
Electronic Student Feedback System
The Electronic Student Feedback System is available through an electronic platform. The system is integrated within SUNLearn and provides access to students and the institutional Student Feedback Office.
In order to activate electronic student feedback for a module, lecturers first have to complete an
E-registration form which will provide the Student feedback office with the information necessary to activate the electronic student feedback questionnaire for students enrolled for the specific module.
Timing is important: Schedule the survey well in advance to allow sufficient time for students to respond. Experience has shown that the response rates of surveys that open only once classes have ended are considerably lower than those taken before the end of a module. Ideally, students should have the opportunity to raise their needs and concerns before classes come to an end. It is important to discuss such issues with them and to demonstrate that lecturers value their feedback and respond to it.
Process for requesting activation of Electronic Student Feedback questionnaire for modules and lecturers:
click here for detailed instructions and information about requesting the activation of Electronic Student Feedback questionnaires.
Programme Feedback Questionnaire
Note: The review process of
the Program Feedback Form will no longer take place. Until further notice, the
form is not available for use.
Student feedback on learning and teaching programmes (excluding the mainly research-based programmes at M and D level) is obtained annually at the end of the final academic year. Final-year students are requested to complete the survey.
Programme committees and coordinators are responsible for requesting and overseeing this feedback process.
Lecturer Feedback Form
In order to provide a more comprehensive representation of the teaching and learning context, it is important that lecturers also provide feedback about their planning and experiences of teaching particular modules.
Please click here for the lecturer feedback form.