Developments in Anonymous Study Unit Feedback

Quality Assurance at the University of Malta is essentially carried out by the Academic Programmes Quality & Resources Unit of the Office of the Pro-Rector for Academic Affairs. This is the administrative arm of the Programme Validation Committee, which validates courses and Study Units and also follows up on Study Units which are currently offered by processing feedback provided by you, as a student at the University of Malta.

Prior to the publication of results of the particular study unit, APQRU will notify students who have just taken the Study Unit to fill in an anonymous form through which extremely important feedback is received regarding the content of lectures, quality of teaching and assessment, and performance of the lecturer. The feedback form is made available prior to the publication of results of this Study Unit in order to prevent any bias in the feedback which may result if unsatisfactory results are received.

Once collected, the results of the feedback collected are analysed and condensed into a report which abbreviates the feedback received. It is then presented to the lecturer, the Head of Department and the Dean or Director of the Faculty/Institute/Centre which offers the Study Unit, for them to act on such feedback and attempt to improve on the results obtained. One should keep in mind that these results are presented to such people only once the results of the assessment of such a Study Unit are published through eSIMS. As a result, any worries that providing negative feedback will affect the grades obtained are eliminated.

At present, the results are not being made public, since the programme is still in it’s primary stages. Discussions are currently under way to agree on a format for the publication of such results which would allow students and other interested stakeholders to observe the results obtained for particular Study Units, and whether any improvements are being made.

APQRU goes over all the Study Units with a significant number of students in a particular course programme over a three year period.

By providing such feedback, students can ensure that the quality of education provided by the University of Malta is always improving, thus leading to a qualification from such an institution in becoming more valuable in Industry. Further information on the feedback process can be found here.

As part of the manifest promises, the Education Office in KSU had to strive to increase the availability of Anonymous Study Unit Feedback Forms. Given the format of such a feedback process, it has been discovered that increasing the number of Study Units at any time will dilute the feedback process, and render it ineffective, as students might feel overwhelmed when filling the same form for all their Study Units. If a small number of replies is received, the feedback will be unscientific and thus not valuable in improving the quality of the education provided.

For this reason, KSU will instead be focusing in promoting this University of Malta initiative. KSU will also provide an option to communicate which Study Units ought to have Study Unit Feedback Forms made available for them halfway through Semester 2.

You are encouraged to be a full participant in the Higher Education sector at the University of Malta and fill in all the Anonymous Study Unit Feedback Forms available on your eSIMS account.

4 thoughts on “Developments in Anonymous Study Unit Feedback

  1. Good idea in theory but we don't get to review every unit. According to this it is to avoid making us overwhelm, but the opportunity to give feedback is usually withheld in the case of the really poor quality teachers who keep their jobs because of their social status or family name.

  2. Pingback: Study-Unit Feedback – February 2013 | ksueducation

  3. The study units offered in most cases do not go with the subject the individual studies and the fact that certain lectures aren’t that helpful or still use old tactics makes everything boring and that’s why there’s certain lack of interest by the students

  4. Unfortunately many students, young, mature etc, mark good when they grumble or do not do fill it up. No use trying to persuade them to do it properly. I always filled it in, praising when this is due, pointing out shortcomings, & criticising when deserved & needs to be changed, otherwise no use grumbling

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