The University's internal student evaluation system is called eVALUate. Unit and Teaching eVALUate Surveys are undertaken every semester throughout the calendar year. For information, please visit the eVALUate webpages.
Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching [QILT]
The QILT website, enables people to compare and shortlist higher education institutions and study areas. The website was launched in September 2015 and is designed to allow future students to compare study experiences and employment outcomes data from Australian higher education institutions.
The website makes it possible to compare a range of information, based on questions about the overall experience at university, the frequency of face-to-face discussions, access to computers, libraries and teaching facilities and the development of communication, problem solving and work ready skills. There is also information about how successful previous graduates have been at finding work and their salaries. Information is is divided into two distinct areas:
- Institutions – This section allows users to compare overall results for up to 6 institutions.
- Study Area – This section allows users to select a study area, from a list of 21, and then compare results for that study area for up to six institutions.
Information provided on the QILT website is calculated at the study area level. Students undertaking a combined or double degree are generally counted more than once if their major courses are in different study areas.
Care should be taken when interpreting results from the surveys provided on the QILT website. The results are estimates only, because they are based on a survey which was not completed by all students. The accuracy of the figures varies depending on the number of students who completed the survey. Confidence intervals are displayed to provide a measure of accuracy of the estimates.
QILT survey suite
About the Student Experience Survey
The external Student Experience Survey is the only national comprehensive survey of current higher education students in Australia. Around 145,000 first and later year undergraduate students from Australian universities and non-university higher education institutions participated in the 2015 SES. The survey is designed to collect information that will help both higher education institutions and the government improve teaching and learning outcomes, and reports on multiple facets of the student experience.
The SES is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training and from 2015 is administered by the Social Research Centre as part of the suite of higher education surveys under Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching [QILT]. The SES is administered online to all first and final year undergraduate higher education students who are studying onshore in Australia.
The core SES focuses on six components of the student experience. The indicators relate to:
- Overall quality of educational experience
- Skills development
- Learner engagement
- Teaching quality
- Student support
- Learning resources
The SES is administered annually in August. Reports are generated annually. Institutional reports are provided to Student Experience Committee [SEC] and any systemic issues are reported to Academic Quality and Standards Committee [AQSC]. Dashboard faculty/course reports will be provided to Associate Deans (Learning and Teaching) and Heads of School as part of the current phase of the BI project.
To complete the SES
The Graduate Outcomes Survey [GOS] replaced the Australian Graduate Survey [AGS] in November 2015. It is administered to all graduates of onshore undergraduate and postgraduate courses that have completed the requirements of their accredited qualification and focuses on graduate destinations i.e. employment and further study.
The GOS is conducted by the Social Research Centre on behalf of The Australian Government Department of Education and Training. The GOS is bi-annual and typically runs during May and November.
The Graduate Outcomes Survey - Longitudinal (GOS-L) is a continuation from the Australian Graduate Survey and allows graduates the opportunity to express views on their course three years on from graduation. The GOS-L is conducted by the Social Research Centre on behalf of The Australian Government Department of Education and Training and aims to improve higher education and measure employment outcomes for graduates. The government uses these findings to assist future students in making informed choices about their study options.
The Employer Satisfaction Survey [ESS] is being developed as part of the Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching suite of higher education surveys. The Social Research Centre will conduct the ESS which will gather employer feedback about student’s generic and technical skills and how this has prepared them for the workforce. The research aims to ensure that institutions are responsive to labour market and industry needs. The first pilot administration of the ESS was conducted in 2013-14 by the Workplace Research Centre at the University of Sydney and ORC International on behalf of the Department of Education and Training.
The external International Student Barometer [ISB] is the world’s largest student survey. With feedback from over 2 million students worldwide across all student types, levels and years of study, the ISB is the leading benchmarking tool used to track the international student experience.
The ISB is administered by an independent external research company, iGraduate, to all onshore International students studying at the University.
The purpose of the ISB is to track and compare the decision making, expectations, perceptions and intentions of international students from application to graduation. It includes international student satisfaction levels and feedback related to:
- The application process
- Arrival and orientation
- Learning experiences
- Living experiences
- Support services.
The ISB is open for a six week period from late-April through to early-June. Reports are generated annually. Institutional reports are provided to Associate Deans (International) and Student Experience Committee [SEC].
In 2016 the University of Tasmania surveyed both HDR candidates and supervisors regarding their satisfaction with key elements of candidature.
The Higher Degree by Research Candidate Survey comprises 34 quantitative items and two qualitative items. The questions focus on seven broad areas:
- Intellectual climate
- Skill development
- Goals and expectations
- Overall satisfaction.
The HDR Candidate Survey is administered annually to all HDR candidates who were enrolled in that calendar year. It is administered online at the end of the calendar year and is open for a six-week period. Reports are generated annually and provided to the Graduate Research Office.
The University has recently developed, and is currently trialling (as part of an Australian Collaborative Education Network Grant), a new survey instrument to measure, and report on, student perceptions' of their learning while undertaking Professional Experience Placement [PEP], including preparation prior to commencing PEP, engagement with active learning while on PEP and opportunities to develop a professional sense of self.
The development of this survey has stemmed from an identified gap, both institutionally and nationally, in evaluative mechanisms to consistently and systematically assess students' experiences of their learning during PEP. While eVALUate provides an opportunity for students to provide feedback on units that incorporate PEP into the curriculum, the survey items do not specifically refer to the PEP component of a unit, nor do they contain items that specifically ask the student to think about and consider their learning experiences.
The PEP survey was initially trialled in the Faculty of Health and is currently being trialled more broadly across the university and cross-institutionally. If you would like further information about this survey, or are interested in evaluating a PEP unit using the survey, please contact Dr Cassandra Saunders, Cassandra.Saunders@utas.edu.au.
The internal University of Tasmania Student Experience Survey [USES] was administered for the first time in Semester 1 2016 to provide an opportunity for students to provide feedback on the extent and quality of their university experience. The USES is closely aligned to the national Student Experience Survey [SES]. The key indicator areas used in the USES are:
- Overall educational experience
- Broader student experience
- Skills development
- Student engagement
- Teaching quality
- Student support
- Learning resources
- Student systems
The Library Client Survey is designed to gauge what is important to Library clients and their level of satisfaction with Library performance. The Library Client Survey is administered on behalf of the University of Tasmania by Insync Surveys. The primary objective of the survey is to provide the Library with a way to identify key user concerns. More specifically, the survey aims to:
- Identify, prioritise and manage the key issues affecting users
- Allow the Library’s performance to be measured and monitored over time
- Provide users with the opportunity to communicate openly and honestly with the management team of the Library
- Compare results with other libraries so that performance can be measured in a best practice context
The Library Client Survey is run every two years.
The internal University of Tasmania Service Quality Survey [SQS] aims to gauge student satisfaction with a range of high volume touch points, including administration (central and faculty), Information Technology, accommodation, parking, support services, study and social spaces including Library, food and beverage and the attitude and responsiveness of staff providing the services.
The SQS is administered biennially and was modelled on a well evidenced service quality survey developed specifically for the higher education sector. Reports are provided to Student Experience Committee.