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eVALUate

Faculty of Humanities

Response to student feedback from Semester 2 2015

Thank you to everyone who took the time to give feedback via eVALUate in Humanities in Semester 2 2015.

In Semester 2, students in the Faculty of Humanities told us that 81.5% agreed they were satisfied with their unit.  This indicates that again in 2015 four out of five students were satisfied with their units.

Student feedback is valued and acted upon and we would like to reach the goal of having every student contribute to eVALUate so we know what we do well and what we might do to improve.  Your Unit Outline has a comment on eVALUate and how the feedback was used to enhance the unit and/or course.

In Semester 2, 2015 of the 427 units taught in Humanities, the 6143 surveys submitted by 2478 students resulted in a 32.7% response rate overall.

The Faculty of Humanities congratulates all Schools / Departments, most of which have made marked improvements as a consequence of student feedback over the previous five semesters. Since 2014, large improvements have been made in the units owned by the following Schools / Departments: Department of Social Sciences and International Studies and the School of Design and Art.

The Faculty of Humanities 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 were: 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; assessment standards and expectations, feedback and relevance to the real world; unit structure, flexibility and learning resources and the teaching skills of some staff. Providing timely and effective feedback to students remains our great challenge and we will continue to work to develop strategies to provide feedback that helps students learn.

The Faculty of Humanities, through its Teaching and Learning Action Plan, continues to enhance and improve the student experience. Attention will continue to be focused on the area of unit design, learning resources, assessment (standards and expectations) and feedback to students in 2016 to ensure that we provide a relevant and quality learning experience for everyone.

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.

All the best with your studies in Semester 1 2016.

Professor Kerry Pedigo
Dean Teaching and Learning
Faculty of Humanities