Student Course Evaluation ResultsCopyright: RWTH Aachen
Publicizing the Results
The individual evaluation reports including the open comments are availalbe to the respective teachers and the faculty's dean of studies office directly after they have been electronically evaluated. The individual evaluation reports with the open comments are made available directly after being electronically evaluated to students, who are registered as participants of the evaluated courses through the module registration process. The individual reports with the open comments are visible in the learning portal of the students registered for courses of study without module registration processes, for example the Diplom, Magister, and teacher training programs being phased out,
The student representative councils, who students participate in the course according to the curriculum, can view the individual evaluation reports without open comments via the protected section of the learning portal through reader authorization. This reader authorization is valid for three years. The evaluation reports should always be handled with confidentiality and may only be used to advise students.
The pooled, anonymous, entire evaluation of individual types of course types in a faculty or department are pubilshed online. Average grades and statistical means are calculated, in order to make comparison between individual courses possible. The lectuer can also publish the evaluations online as they wish.
Measures for Teachers
Teachers discuss results from the individual surveys with students in the corresponding course.
Teachers can initiate short term modifications based on the tips and assessments they have gotten. This may include speaking more loudly or slowing down the pace of lectures.
Measures for the intermediate-term are implemented on the chair level, for example
- Creation or modification lecture notes,
- Better temporal and content coordination of courses,
- Creation of sample solutions,
- Expansion of materials for preparing and following up courses,
- Change of office hours,
- Change of course locations,
- More use of practice oriented examples to illustrate presented relationships and materials,
- Update of teaching content,
- Moving the times practical experiences or internships,
- More time to work by changing due dates,
- Establishment of small group tutorials,
- Procurement of a copy machine for the library,
- Creation or expansion of a website,
- More consideration for teaching presentation techniques.
The development of long term solutions takes place at the level of teaching units or faculties. These may include
- Improvement of equipment for practical experiences and tutorials,
- Distribution of learning materials,
- Subject specific and interdisciplinary coordination of teaching content,
- Changes to teaching,
- Establishment of long-term tutorials,
- Introduction of partial assessments to reduce the number of failed exams,
- Naming an academic advisor for concentrations,
- Procurement of additional study spaces.
Measures for Faculties
The results are discussed at least one a semester in the faculty councils with the involvement of students, and measures for quality improvement are determined and reviewed. Identified weaknesses are discussed in the evalution councils of the individual faculties.
Through the autonomy of the individual faculties, conversations are conducted on improving each course between the lecturers, whose courses were evaluated under average and the dean of studies.
Conversations on the results of the student course evaluations take place between the individual faculties and the Vice-Rector for Teaching and Learning every semester.
The measures from the student course evaluations are integrated into the catalog of measures for the course of study evaluation.