With HE providers in the UK increasingly recognising the importance of the ‘student voice’ and in benchmarking their performance, we explored the trends in course and module surveys in the latest of our series of reports - The devil is in the data: How HE providers can benchmark their course and module performance.
The report focusses on a review commissioned by Electric Paper into the way HE providers approach course and module surveys; the questions for module evaluation; and what influences survey design in order to identify common questions for the sector and to inform the questions available in the MBE Module Benchmarking™ community.
The review focussed on the analysis of 33 surveys, 680 questions that are currently being used and 14 question themes including teaching; assessment and feedback; design and content and learning resources.
Eric Bohms, Managing Director, Electric Paper Ltd says: "We are excited to share this research with the sector as our findings will assist committees looking to develop the right questions for module evaluation. While we are not creating new questions, we have identified some interesting trends in the type of questions being used currently as well as potential question sets being considered in the future.
"We are very grateful to the institutes that took part in this review, including Sheffield Hallam University, University of Stirling and Edinburgh Napier University, who agreed to share in-depth information about their course and module evaluation.
"We are also pleased, of course, to now share the findings of this work with HEIs, which in my view, provides invaluable insight for the sector at a time when the ‘student voice’ has never been more important."
The review also provides vital input to the MBE Module Benchmarking™ community, which EvaSys launched in 2015, as it identifies questions that are most valued and that will deliver the greatest comparative benefits to the sector when it reports back to participating institutes.