Mission, Key Outcomes, Overview

1. Why does UWI conduct student evaluation exercises?

2. How does the evaluation exercise benefit me?

3. How is the information used?

4. How do students participate in the evaluation?

5. When is the evaluation period for Sem. 1, 2015-16?

To promote internal quality assurance by increasing students’ participation and input in the evaluation of teaching and learning exercise.

A. Students are more aware of how their feedback contributes to decision making concerning course design, the teaching and learning process and academic staff management.
B. Students are more willing and eager to participate in the evaluation of teaching and learning exercise.
C. Wonderful if we get 100% participation rate!

Consistent with UWI’s status as a techno-savvy University, the Student Evaluation of Courses and Lecturers is an online exercise which provides evidence of students’ perception of the teaching/ learning experience. The data so obtained are used to ascertain features of lecturers’ teaching skills and effectiveness that need improvement and to acquire student recommendation for improving lecturers’ teaching performance. The evaluation exercise includes all students at the graduate and undergraduate levels at both the Mona and Western Jamaica campuses and you can complete the online evaluation anywhere, at anytime!

The undergraduate evaluation has 34 items while graduate evaluation contains 21 questions. Both evaluation forms contain open ended items for students to voice their comments, criticisms and recommendations. The items are a combination of general and specific questions where students are required to apply a rating between 1 and 5 as it relates to
•   instructors’ aptitude and pedagogical approaches and skills,
•   course organization,
•   effectiveness of tutorial and lab sessions as well as
•   the general level of satisfaction with the instructors’ performance.

1. Why does UWI conduct student evaluation exercises?

Students’ evaluations are used to inform various critical processes, including:

A. course revision for future offerings

B. institutional accreditation

C. quality assurance

D. meeting stakeholders’ demand for accountability in higher education

E. continuous and systematic feedback to lecturers and senior administrators on the effectiveness of instructors’ pedagogical approaches, professional practices and adequacy of teaching and learning resources

F. documenting improvements in instructors’ teaching

G. faculty appraisal for input in the promotion and tenure awards process, capacity building and punitive measures where necessary

H. assessing how students feel about the effectiveness of the teaching/learning experience and designing new methods for intervention.

2. How does the evaluation exercise benefit me? A. Feedback is used by faculty to adjust instructions thereby improving student learning in a more targeted manner which also satisfies YOUR immediate needs.

B. YOUR feedback on lecturers provide others with information that can be used to make educational decisions such as selecting free electives.

C. YOU are provided with the opportunity to reflect on YOUR own learning experience.

D. YOU contribute to the University’s accreditation process.

3. How is the information used?
A. A report is generated with statistical findings listing the scores each faculty member receives. This data is used to identify areas in which lecturers need to make improvements and recommendations are made for further professional development where necessary eg. additional training through the Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.

B. A report is also published (1) online for members of the institution’s leadership and governance body and lecturers to access, and (2) in the Library where students can access the findings.

C. UWI Human Resource Department uses the data to complete lecturers’ appraisal (contract renewal, promotion, tenure, awards).

4. How do students participate in the evaluation?

B. Enter: UWI ID NUMBER and
Password (as your date of birth-Format ,YYYYMMDD).

N.B. Remember to ensure that your password and username are current. If necessary, you may contact MITS to reset your password.

Anonymity statement – The system protects your identity by not sharing your ID nor name with faculty. They see the responses, but not WHO made them.

5. When is the evaluation period for Sem. 1, 2015-16?

    October 26 – November 27, 2015