The 2018/2019 teaching surveys will also be administered online.
The survey is anonymous, although access from UACloud is required to ensure it is completed only by students enrolled in UA official undergraduate or Master’s degrees.
Teachers can give their opinion on the progress of each of their courses through self-reporting.
To be assessed in a survey, teachers must have taught at least 25% of a course to a specific student group (15 class hours in a 60-hour course, i.e. 0.6 out of 2.4 ECTS credits). Teachers who give lessons to several groups without reaching the required percentage in any of them will not be assessed, even if the total credits required are reached.
Consequently, this system will allow more teachers to be assessed, as they must have taught at least 25% of a course, considering the theory and practice groups.
Teachers who wish to be assessed on a specific course must have the minimum teaching requirement assigned in at least one group on Universitas XXI on 30 November 2018.
The survey available on UACloud is intended to gather information on the aspects set out in ANECA’s DOCENTIA programme: teaching preparation, delivery, and results. The questionnaire is based on the previous survey (10 questions), although the number of questions has been reduced for easier survey completion, as each student must now fill out one survey per teacher rather than per course. The final survey contains six closed-ended questions (on a 0 to 10 scale), plus an open-ended, free-text question already available in previous surveys and not used for statistical purposes.
The 2018/2019 online survey questions are the following:
Please rate this teacher on the following aspects:
Resources provided for the course (documents, bibliography, presentations, teaching resources, etc.)
Assistance during face-to-face or online tutoring sessions
Involvement when explaining course contents and imparting knowledge
If you were in an online teaching group: Consistency between the content of teaching units and learning outcomes
Communication climate in the classroom
If you were in an online teaching group: Interaction with students through the platform
Compliance with course timetables
If you were in an online teaching group: Organisation and structure of online sessions
Overall rating given to the teacher
How is the survey completed?
The survey is hosted on UACloud’s new SURVEYS app (enabled from 10 December). Login is required to make sure only students officially enrolled on the course complete the survey, and also for the draw. However, the responses provided by each student will be processed anonymously, as was the case with face-to-face surveys.
After an introductory screen, students will go to a new screen displaying the list of teachers who, according to the UA databases, have taught them at least 25% of each course. There, they must confirm if they were their teachers (three answers are possible: YES; NO; NO, because I was in a different group). Each teacher will be assessed in the survey only if the answer is yes.
Then students must answer the six survey questions on a 1 to 10 scale or by checking the “No Answer” box.
Next, students can give their opinion on the teacher in a free-text field (up to 1,000 characters). This open-ended question was also available in face-to-face teaching surveys, but it is not processed for statistical purposes, as it is a qualitative question.
The survey is automatically saved when respondents go to the next question. Once completed, it will not be submitted. The survey will remain open until the campaign deadline (8 January 2019 at 3 p.m.), right before the start of the first-term examination period. Then, surveys will automatically close and all completed surveys will be processed to find out students’ views on teaching quality.
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