There are two aspects to the survey data in the SELT survey report created for an individual teacher- the quantitative data resulting from the Likert scale items and the qualitative data which is a collation of student responses to open ended questions. Each section provides important information to consider in your analysis of the evaluation data.
To make sense of the Student Evaluation of Learning and Teaching (SELT) survey report, the ACU Learning and Teaching website provides resources aimed at assisting relevant staff in understanding and interpreting each section.
The Likert scale Core items in the questionnaire are discussed, providing insight in to what it may mean if a low or high rating is received for an item. The SELT report shows the interpolated median (IM) value and the semi-interquartile range (SIR) for each Likert item. The IM value and SIR are similar to mean (average) and standard deviations. An explanation on IM can also be accessed in the resources.
The qualitative comments provided by your students offer unique insights that often provide the context for student responses to the rating type items. Therefore it is appropriate to relate qualitative feedback to the quantitative data.
When making sense of large amounts of qualitative comments, it can be useful to look for patterns or themes, such as, examining the data to identify key words or phrases that are frequently used. This can point towards areas that are either working well or needing attention. The resources also have suggestions for dealing with students' negative comments.
For more information on the SELT survey and related resources, please visit the 'Closing the Evaluation Feedback Loop' on the Learning and Teaching webpage.