Module & teaching evaluation forms
Evaluation is a crucial part of highlighting best practice and maintaining our excellent standard of teaching throughout the Faculty. At the end of semesters one and two, students are asked to give feedback on all aspects of the quality of the teaching that they have experienced, and the design and delivery of the module itself. This is split into two online surveys: Module and Teaching evaluation. Examples of the two surveys, including all current questions, can be viewed here. Evaluations are run in November/December and March/April of each year.
Your feedback is valuable to us. Every semester, we discuss your feedback across all levels of the Faculty, from convenors of individual modules to Heads of Department. Changes are frequently made in response.
For example, the Modern Language Centre recently responded to feedback on their Arabic One Semester Module:
We are pleased to note that the students are satisfied with the curriculum and the contents covered. The students also commented on high quality of teaching and diversity of topics, challenging the students and expanding on the textbook materials. We appreciate the students' comments on the inclusive classroom atmosphere and the opportunity for the external medical students to engage in the language learning community. We appreciate the comments about vibrant and enthusiastic classroom atmosphere and the motivational technologically enhanced activities, which created the element of fun. The students also appreciated the ability of the teacher to explain complex grammar and vocabulary in a very comprehensive way. The students also liked the structure of One Semester Module and the teaching style. We will take on board the comments on the additional resources relating to current affairs, as well as opportunities to visit Arabic countries. We will recommend the use of vocabulary quizzes.
Frequently asked questions
How do I access evaluation surveys?
What will I be asked?
Are my responses anonymous?
Students taking Arts & Humanities modules will be emailed invitations to the surveys, including personalised links. These will be sent from the 'KCL Surveys Admin' account.
Links will also be available on the course overview page on KEATS.
Although surveys are completely anonymous, these links should not be shared, as they can only be used once.
Lecturers and seminar leaders will set aside at least 10 minutes of class time for surveys to be completed.
Students that are unable to access or complete the online forms in class, or cannot attend the class itself, will then be able to do so outside of class until the surveys close.
What happens to module evaluation results?
Yes. The system does not link responses to students' details.
Personalised links are used so that the system can track which surveys you have completed and send reminders as necessary. However, this information is not available to members of staff at King's.
In addition to this, results of surveys that receive fewer than 5 responses will not be released.
What happens to teaching evaluation results?
Module convenors receive the results, and share these with the appropriate members of staff. After considering feedback and potential actions, the module convenor completes a report and forwards this to the Head of Department or Department Education Lead.
Heads of Department and Departmental Education Leads will have access to all module evaluation results in their department, as well as departmental summaries.
Relevant outcomes are discussed at Departmental Education Committees and Student Staff Liaison Committees.
All students invited to participate in the survey will be emailed summaries of responses in the new year.
Can I leave feedback for more than one lecturer/seminar leader?
Module convenors receive the results, and share these with the appropriate members of staff.
Heads of Department and Departmental Education Leads will have access to all teaching evaluation results in their department, as well as departmental summaries.
As this data is more sensitive than for module evaluations, results from these surveys are discussed only with the relevant individuals, and are not published.
Are there other ways to provide feedback?
Yes. The teaching evaluation survey will include a set of questions for each member of staff teaching the module. You can select which of these to leave feedback for.
Further examples of acting on feedback
Yes. There are many different ways to provide feedback, including:
- Approaching staff informally outside of class
- Speaking with your personal tutor
- Raising points with student representatives to take forward to Student Staff Liaison Committee
- For more serious issues, formal complaints can be raised
Module evaluation forms for one module confirmed that students enjoyed preparing presentations and found the informal feedback they received from tutors and other students very useful. Students suggested that presentations could be formally assessed as part of the summative assessment of the module. After careful consideration the module convenor changed the presentation to be formally assessed, a development which was well received by students in the following academic year.
In response to feedback received, the teaching method for Level 4 Greek and Latin language modules was recently revised.
After a number of students noted that the lecture element of the course was not perceived as effective as the seminar class, the teaching method was reviewed by the Department Teaching Committee Chair and Head of Department in conjunction with the module convenors.
In response, it was determined to hold three seminar classes a week with the same instructor to enhance continuity in the learning experience and enable focused translation and grammar studies in smaller groups.