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eVALUate

Faculty of Health Sciences

Response to student feedback from Semester 2 2015

Thank you for responding to eVALUate for Semester 2, 2015. Your responses are particularly valuable to us, and Health Sciences students continue to be the most helpful, providing the highest overall response rate for all Faculties at Curtin. Once again I have reviewed all FURs for all units in the Faculty and I am discussing them with relevant executive teams in each School. It’s a delight to read some of the thoughtful comments about how a unit or teacher has facilitated your learning. More importantly, your useful and insightful comments allow us to focus on areas of concern raised by you and acknowledge those you mention as particularly inspiring, helpful and motivating. All comments are taken seriously and investigated, where there is a suggestion that things might be improved for future students. 

In summary, we are very pleased with the Semester 2, 2015 eVALUate results and the improvements that have been made across many Schools. Student satisfaction with the quality of their unit teaching and learning experiences in Health Sciences continues to be high and the 80% Agreement target was reached in all items except Feedback (now 79.7%). This is an increase in every item since Semester 2, 2014. However, your feedback shows that there are areas of concern, and flags where we need to delve more deeply to understand what may be affecting student perceptions of issues relating to your learning.

The Faculty of Health Sciences congratulates all Schools that have continued to sustain and consolidate on the improvements achieved as a consequence of student feedback over the previous five semesters. Since 2014, large improvements have been made in many units across the Faculty.

The Faculty of Health Sciences would like to congratulate the following areas that achieved above 80% overall satisfaction of students with their units in Semester 2, 2015:

Students have indicated that the most helpful aspects of their units are: the methods of learning and teaching; the quality, attitude, accessibility, responsiveness and teaching skills of staff; learning resources; and relevance of assessments and units to the real life and their discipline.

The areas in which students indicated that units could be improved were: the methods of learning and teaching; unit structure flexibility and resources; assessment standards and expectations, feedback and relevance to the real world; learning resources and the teaching skills of some staff. Providing timely and effective feedback to students remains our great challenge in times of increasing class sizes, but we continue to work to develop strategies to provide feedback that helps students learn, but is sustainable.

The Dean of Teaching and Learning meets with the Faculty Heads of Schools and their Directors of Teaching and Learning to discuss further improvements which may be made to Health Sciences courses to ensure we offer the best possible programs for students. Attention is being focused on the areas of assessment (standards and expectations), feedback and ensuring that learning experiences are relevant and engaging.

eVALUate feedback from students is a key source of data to inform course structure and curriculum changes. Please continue to provide us with this valuable feedback.

What is happening in 2016

Curtin has been implementing its vision for transforming learning (for more information, go to the blog of the Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic at http://www.curtin.edu.au/learningfortomorrow/). As Curtin continues to transform the design and delivery of education, your feedback in eVALUate will be invaluable in providing us with information on how we can improve the quality of our courses and your learning experiences. I know that staff do respond to eVALUate feedback with improvements to their units, but one thing that I am particularly keen to see in 2016 is that more unit coordinators will publish their responses to your feedback and provide you with the assurance that we greatly value the time and effort you take to respond to eVALUate.

Associate Professor Georgina Fyfe
Dean Teaching and Learning
Faculty of Health Sciences