Evaluation in higher education

Evaluation in higher education involves gathering evidence about the impact of teaching, topic and course design on students' participation and achievement, and the appropriateness of content and processes for intended purposes.

Effective evaluation of teaching and topics is the basis of good educational practice and should be done with a purpose. For evaluations to be effective and useful, you need to clarify what is it that you want to know or demonstrate about your teaching.

University policy on evaluation of teaching

The Policy on Evaluation, Monitoring and Review of Academic Programs and Teaching provides a framework for the evaluation of academic teaching staff by students and peers. This policy should guide student evaluation, self-evaluation and peer evaluations.

Mandatory teaching evaluation tool

Flinders University has a standard, mandatory instrument for gathering data from students about their response to teaching, supervision and topics. This instrument is known as Student Evaluation of Teaching (SET).

Course evaluation

A national mechanism, Course Experience Questionnaire (CEQ), is used by the university to survey graduates who have just completed their course.

Performance review

Teaching evaluation is also supported by the University's performance review framework.

Other Evaluation Options

There are other evaluation options available including self-evaluation and peer evaluation or peer review.