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Curtin University

Faculty of Health Sciences

Response to student feedback from Semester 1 2018

Thank you for responding to eVALUate for Semester 1, 2018. Your responses are particularly valuable to us, and Health Sciences students continue to be the most helpful. I have spoken to Directors of Learning and Teaching in each of the Schools, both for unit FURs and for course level summaries. 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. 

The response rate in our Faculty was 34.5% which represents 11,233 responses to units. 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 exceeded in all items including Feedback. This is an increase in every item since 2014. In three of the 11 items, Health Sciences was the highest, and second highest in another three, indicating to me that our staff have taken previous feedback on board and addressed concerns from previous cohorts of students.

Students have indicated that the most helpful aspects of their units are the quality, attitude, accessibility, responsiveness and teaching skills of staff, and relevance of assessments and unit resources to real life and their future careers.

The areas in which students indicated that units could be improved were consistency of standards and expectations relating to group work, timeliness of feedback, and inconsistency between different tutors. 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 personalised feedback that helps students learn, but is sustainable.

As Dean of Learning and Teaching I meet regularly 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 relevant and engaging learning experiences for our students.

What is happening in Semester 2?

The Faculty is continuing to prioritise development of greater student engagement in units, particularly those available on line. Improving assessment and blended learning resources is continuing to occur, guided by Curriculum and Unit Review.

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.

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