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Closing the Loop – What Counts to UC Students

The Ako Marake | Evaluation and Student Insights team has created a one-page infographic of high-level results of 2021’s UCount survey to close the feedback loop with students.

The below infographic will be distributed via the UC screens, on Tūpono, and posted on selected notice boards across campus.

In April this year, a survey was sent to 15,972 enrolled students. The survey asked questions regarding student experience focusing on both the in-classroom and wider university environment. In total, 4,825 students returned valid/completed surveys, equating to a response rate of 30% (margin of error of 2% at the 99% confidence interval).

This data is available across a variety of ESI’s dashboards – you can check them out here.

ESI’s next survey, the Graduate Destinations Survey, is releasing next week. This time, we’ll be checking in with 2020 graduates to see what they’re up to now. Keep your eye out on Tū Ki Te Tahi for updates on 2020 graduates later in the year!

For any questions, or if you would like ESI to come to speak to your team about student survey data, please email Ellie Kay and Elyse Thompson at surveys@canterbury.ac.nz.

Surveying UC students? Here’s what you need to know!

Did you know that there’s a policy that supports any surveying of UC students? If you collect survey data on students, this article is for you!

The UC Student Community Online Survey Policy (Survey Policy) covers all surveying of enrolled students or have graduated from UC. The policy outlines the conditions required for students receiving requests to participate in online surveys and the application processes and procedures for scheduling online surveys.

You can check out the Survey Policy here. Here are the key points to know:

  • Surveys that collect data to improve teaching and learning do not need consent unless the data may be used for publication
  • All other surveys that are distributed to students need express approval from the Office of the DVC-A. Complete this tool to start this iterative process
  • Contact details of students are categorised as “personal information” under New Zealand Privacy Laws, meaning that contact details of students must not be shared. Examples of this include, but are not limited to:
        • Providing lists of student emails to colleagues not involved with teaching within a specific course
        • Providing student email addresses to postgraduate students to enable data collection for research purposes
  • In line with the Privacy Policy and NZ’s privacy legislation, a student cannot be emailed an invitation to participate in a survey without either prior consent from the student or the Office of the DVC-A
        •  This includes sending an email invitation to students on someone else’s behalf (including from other institutions)
  • Agreement to participate in one project does not automatically constitute agreement to be contacted about subsequent projects unless this consent is explicitly given

The Survey Policy aims to protect against survey fatigue in particular groups of students and ensure the strategic goals of UC by enabling the collection of quality information. The Evaluation and Student Insights team will work with staff to identify other opportunities to recruit survey participants.

Major strategic surveys are conducted annually at UC and provide a wealth of information that is accessible to all staff via the UC Data Dashboards. Topics include Learning and Teaching, Well-being, Belonging, and Equity and Diversity. All data can be filtered by major subject area and other demographics, including age, gender, LGBTQIA+, ethnicity and more to allow for meaningful insights.

All staff can access the UC Data Dashboards here.

For any questions about the Survey Policy, or if you would like ESI to come to speak to you or your team about student survey data, please email Ellie Kay and Elyse Thompson at surveys@canterbury.ac.nz.

For any questions about UC’s Privacy Policy or NZ privacy legislation, please email records@canterbury.ac.nz.

Teaching Quality in a COVID World

Have you ever wondered how students rate the quality of teaching they experience?

UCount survey results revealed that 89% of respondents rated teaching quality positively, an increase on 2019 results.

2020 was undoubtedly a year to remember – particularly for students who had to rapidly adjust to online learning during lockdown.  For staff, delivering curriculum completely online with minimal warning was also no mean feat.

Each year Ako Marake | Evaluation and Student Insights (ESI) surveys students, gaining valuable feedback on academic and non-academic life at UC.

Using the Quality Indicators of Learning and Teaching, students provide feedback on the teaching quality they experience at UC. Respondents consider course structure and relevance, whether feedback on their work improved their learning, and whether they were intellectually stimulated. These, and other measures,  provide a deeper view of teaching quality within programmes.

Despite all of the challenges presented by COVID in 2020, students rated the quality of teaching across UC higher than in 2019, with 89% of students rating teaching quality positively.

You can check out how students in your programme or department rated their learning experience,  resources, and engagement with their studies (and more!) in the ESI Learning and Teaching dashboard here. The dashboards make it easy for UC staff members to “slice and dice” cohorts of interest.

To access, you must be a UC staff member. If you are on Windows, we recommend using Google Chrome. If you are on a Mac, please use Safari.

For any questions, or if you would like ESI to come speak to your team about this dashboard and others, please email Ellie Kay and Elyse Thompson at surveys@canterbury.ac.nz.

When They Leave Us, Where Do They Go?

Have you ever wondered where University of Canterbury graduates end up?

Did you know that 47% of 2019 graduate respondents are employed in Ōtautahi Christchurch? And 62% are employed in roles directly related to their field of study? Well, it’s true!

For over a decade, the Ako Marake | Evaluation & Student Insights Team (formerly Learning Evaluation & Academic Development, LEAD) has been collecting data on UC grads through the annual Graduate Destinations Survey (GDS). The survey invites all graduates to participate during the year following the completion of their studies.

The graduates are asked about any current employment, and/or further study, and also for feedback on the courses they completed and the skills they learned. We are constantly tweaking the survey to find better ways to understand our graduates’ experiences after leaving the university.  The 2020 survey had a response rate of ~38%. This year, respondents had the chance to win one of ten $100 Prezzy Cards – not bad for 10 minutes “work”!

The Evaluation and Student Insights (ESI) team has just published the latest GDS data in a new version of the Graduate Destinations Dashboard (opens new window). More interactions and insights than ever before are available, and new features make it easy for UC staff members to “slice and dice” the numbers to investigate cohorts of interest.

If you are looking to alter curriculum, needing evidence to support a programme review, or just curious, you can find interesting information in the “Programme Feedback & Skill Development” tab. For example, about 3 in 4 grads would recommend their programme of study at UC to others, and 80% agree there was good teaching throughout their study.

These are just some examples of the insights to be found in the Graduate Destinations Dashboard (opens new window). Find all our dashboards here.

To access, you must be a UC staff member. If you are on Windows, we recommend using Google Chrome. If you are on a Mac, please use Safari.

For any questions, or if you would like ESI to come speak to your team about this dashboard and others, please email Ellie Kay and Elyse Thompson at surveys@cantebury.ac.nz.