Evaluating learning and teaching

Overview and expectations

The university expects staff to evaluate their teaching and student learning to examine the perceptions of the overall quality of learning and teaching in order to improve standards.

Evaluation occurs at module, programme and institutional level.

Module level evaluation

Departments run their own surveys to obtain student feedback to evaluate learning and teaching on modules and programmes. The methods used reflect the nature of the programme and department but might include module, mid-module and end of programme questionnaires. Contact your department for details of how and when student evaluation is undertaken, analysed and considered, and how and when actions/responses are communicated to students.

Programme level evaluation

There are several procedures for monitoring programmes to ensure quality and standards are being managed and to identify areas of good practice and improvement. These include annual programme review, periodic review and departmental visits.

Institutional level evaluation

The university undertakes several national student surveys which provide a valuable tool for monitoring and evaluating departmental provision and university support and resources.  These include the National Student Survey (NSS), the UK Engagement Survey (UKES), the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) and the Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES).

Resources

York Technology-Enhanced Learning Handbook