Student Feedback on Courses

Semester 1, 2010

Thankyou to all those students who provided us with invaluable insights through their comments on the SFC Semester 1, 2010!

We had 28,000 comments from you telling us what you liked the most about your courses and what you saw as areas for improvement.  The Planning, Quality and Reporting team have been busy reading all your comments, which have been coded and sorted into themes (with all identifiers removed).  The reports of your comments have been provided to academic staff at the course, school and faculty levels and are now in the hands where appropriate steps can be taken that address the issues you have raised. 

Below is a summary of the key themes you identified as being the best aspects of a course and the primary aspects that you think are areas for improvement.

Best Aspects of your Courses

  • Overwhelmingly, you really like courses that have practical elements that link to the real world; whether these elements are interactive, via assessment, through exposure to specific skills and techniques, or to experiential learning.  Such approaches motivate you and help you understand how all your learning can be applied outside university - highlighting the value of your knowledge and skills and their usefulness to your future.
  • You like content that is both interesting and engaging;
  • You are motivated by teachers who are very knowledgeable, but more importantly those who are enthusiastic, dynamic, supportive and available;
  • While some of your course content can be difficult at times, your comprehension of this is made easier when it is delivered by teachers in a lucid manner, and who clarify confusing concepts by providing examples that link to the real world;
  • You like teachers who are well prepared and organised.

Areas that you identified as opportunities for improvement

  • You would prefer more consistent communication between lecturers and tutorial teachers;
  • Similarly, you would like consistent teaching quality between lecturers and tutorial teachers;
  • Consistency also extends to relevant links between the content taught and assessment items;
  • You prefer it when teachers engage with technological resources, such as BlackBoard and Lectopia, as they provide you with flexibility about how you engage with the course, as well as providing a valuable revision tool;
  • You prefer courses that are not rushed and allow time for you to synthesise dense information and concepts thoroughly;
  • You value and depend upon timely and thorough feedback on assessment items.