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Student feedback: a learning and teaching performance indicator

Shelley Kinash (Office of Learning and Teaching, Bond University, Gold Coast, Australia)
Vishen Naidu (Office of Learning and Teaching, Bond University, Gold Coast, Australia)
Diana Knight (Office of Learning and Teaching, Bond University, Gold Coast, Australia)
Madelaine-Marie Judd (Office of Learning and Teaching, Bond University, Gold Coast, Australia)
Chenicheri Sid Nair (Centre for Advancement of Teaching and Learning (CATL), University of Western Australia, Crawley, Australia)
Sara Booth (Student Evaluation, Review and Reporting Unit (SERRU), University of Tasmania, Launceston, Australia)
Julie Fleming (Office of Learning and Teaching, Central Queensland University, Rockhampton, Australia)
Elizabeth Santhanam (Learning and Teaching Centre, Australian Catholic University, Melbourne, Australia)
Beatrice Tucker (Office of the DVC Education, Curtin University, Perth, Australia)
Marian Tulloch (Division of Learning and Teaching Services, Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, Australia)

Quality Assurance in Education

ISSN: 0968-4883

Article publication date: 7 September 2015

Abstract

Purpose

The paper aims to disseminate solutions to common problems in student evaluation processes. It proposes that student evaluation can be applied to quality assurance and improving learning and teaching. The paper presents solutions in the areas of: presenting outcomes as performance indicators, constructing appropriate surveys, improving response rates, reporting student feedback to students and student engagement as a feature of university quality assurance.

Design/methodology/approach

The research approach of this paper is comparative case study, allowing in-depth exploration of multiple perspectives and practices at seven Australian universities. Process and outcome data were rigorously collected, analysed, compared and contrasted.

Findings

The paper provides empirical evidence for student evaluation as an instrument of learning and teaching data analysis for quality improvement. It suggests that collecting data about student engagement and the student experience will yield more useful data about student learning. Furthermore, findings indicate that students benefit from more authentic inclusion in the evaluation process and outcomes.

Research limitations/implications

Because of the chosen research approach, the research results may lack generalisability. Therefore, researchers are encouraged to test the proposed propositions further and apply to their own university contexts.

Practical implications

The paper includes recommendations at the institution- and sector-wide levels to effectively use student evaluation as a university performance indicator and as a tool of change.

Originality/value

This paper fulfils an identified need to examine student evaluation processes across institutions and focuses on the role of student evaluation in quality assurance.

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Citation

Kinash, S., Naidu, V., Knight, D., Judd, M.-M., Nair, C.S., Booth, S., Fleming, J., Santhanam, E., Tucker, B. and Tulloch, M. (2015), "Student feedback: a learning and teaching performance indicator", Quality Assurance in Education, Vol. 23 No. 4, pp. 410-428. https://doi.org/10.1108/QAE-10-2013-0042

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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