Teaching your students about giving professional and constructive feedback
Published: Wednesday 18th April 2018
The Student Evaluation of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys for Semester 1 units open on Monday, 7 May. This is an opportunity for you to discuss with students the value of feedback and guide them in understanding how to be constructive and professional when completing their surveys.
What students have to say about the teaching and learning they experience in their units is central to quality assurance processes at ACU. The rating type responses and written comments in the SELT surveys are used to improve the quality of units and teaching practices for future students.
Staff are encouraged to emphasise, in class and through other means (e.g., online communication strategies), the value of feedback, and that student comments should be professional, considerate and thoughtful. Encourage your students to be specific, to provide examples and suggest strategies for improvement. It is important to let them know that inappropriate or offensive comments are not acceptable and that ACU expects staff and students to demonstrate respect for the dignity of all human beings.
To assist staff in communicating the above, a guide for students on giving constructive feedback is available on the ACU Learning and Teaching web page. This can be used as a guide or distributed to students. It provides advice and examples on how students can formulate their feedback in ways that are focused and practical.