Both Aarhus University (AU) and the two faculties Natural Sciences and Technical Sciences work systematically to make the teaching even better. One way of improving the quality of the teaching is to get the students to evaluate the courses they take, so that you as a teacher gain insight into the way the students experience your teaching. This provides you with a good basis for developing your teaching. Course evaluations are also used as part of the accreditation of degree programmes at AU.
Because you are the one in contact with the students and the teaching being evaluated, it is important for the faculties that you prioritise the course evaluation and make sure that the response rate is as high as possible. This gives AU, the board of studies/education committee and yourself the best foundation for applying the evaluation results.
Course evaluations are completed in Brightspace, and there are a number of standard questions for all courses –two that are the same for all courses at AU and some from your board of studies/education committee. You also have the option of asking your own questions if there is something where YOU would like a response from your students. Asking your own questions is an invaluable tool for measuring the effects of your teaching initiatives.
There are free text options for all questions (except the two at AU level). Once the evaluation has been completed, you can see the student responses – both the text responses and the calculated percentages of the responses.
The Faculty Management Teams at Natural Sciences and Technical Sciences has decided that the evaluation should be completed during teaching time, and that the students should be provided with feedback and discussion about the evaluation, prior to the completion of the course.
You are therefore expected to set aside time – preferably during the second-last lesson – for the students to evaluate the course. Prior to this, you should add any personal questions and publish the questionnaire in Brightspace.
By the last lesson at the latest, you should go through the results with the students. Here you can discuss the results and get clarification of any comments. You can also provide your own perspective of any initiatives you would like to implement – based on the evaluation – next time the course is held.
We believe this could make our good teaching even better.
For questions regarding course evaluation, please contact Course Evaluation, Nat-Tech Studies Administration:
For questions regarding technical matters, please contact Brightsapce support: