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Beyond SELT

Frequently asked questions

General

  • Why is the University making this change?
    • Feedback from staff and students revealed dissatisfaction and frustration with some aspects of the existing SELT (Student Experience of Learning and Teaching) framework. The University has established the Beyond SELT project in order to address these concerns, and to enhance and support teaching and learning at ANU.
  • What is the new framework being developed and when will it be available for people to see?
    • The 'Beyond SELT - a new framework for teaching and learning enhancement' project was approved in 2017 with a view to revitalising the ways ANU captures feedback on learning and teaching. The framework document can be viewed here.
    • The changes to the SELT survey are the first phase of Beyond SELT, and commenced as a pilot program in Summer session 2019. The pilot was extended through Autumn and Semester 1 2019.
  • How do I get involved, I would like to provide more feedback on this?
    • Forums have been scheduled at the end of Summer session to discuss the pilot experience and what it means for Semester 1. The Beyond SELT webpage will be updated with these dates as they are scheduled.
    • The ANU Evaluations team also welcomes questions and feedback, and can be reached on evaluations@anu.edu.au, or by phone on +61 2 6125 1222.
  • Where can I find more information and who can I talk to about this?
    • More information can be found on the Beyond SELT webpage, including upcoming key dates and contacts.
    • The ANU Evaluations team also welcomes questions and feedback, and can be reached on evaluations@anu.edu.au, or by phone on +61 2 6125 1222.
  • What are the key differences in the new survey?
    • The new SELT survey includes two different components: the End-of-course Survey (Course Evaluation), which seeks feedback on the overall course, and the End-of-course Teacher Survey (Teaching Evaluation), which seeks feedback on individual teaching staff. These were previously known as Student Experience of Learning Support (SELS) and Student Experience of Teaching (SET), respectively.
    • The new surveys contain fewer questions, which will minimise the survey burden on students.
    • The new questions are clearer, and more targeted to assess the student experience of learning and teaching. This is intended to increase response rates and provide more useful feedback.
    • The single End-of-course Teacher Survey replaces the previous 13 different teaching survey options, with the questions applying equally to all teaching environments. This will remove some administrative burden from course conveners, as well as enabling more comprehensive teaching benchmarks after data collection.
    • Staff will no longer have to submit SELT request forms, identify which lecturers or tutors teach which students, or provide tutorial lists. Instead, course conveners will receive an email invitation to complete a simple eForm for each of their courses, and include the names of any teaching staff who require teaching evaluations. Students will be able to select which lecturers or tutors they want to provide feedback on in the body of the survey.
  • What were the main issues that are being addressed?
      The main issues being addressed are:
    • Long surveys discouraging students from participating in SELT
    • Low levels of qualitative feedback
    • Administrative efficiency
    • The new survey addresses these issues and seeks to streamline the SELT process for both staff and students.

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    Further information

    More FAQ items can be found on the info for academics and info for students pages.

Updated:  3 April 2019/ Responsible Officer:  Director, Planning & Performance Measurement/ Page Contact:  Evaluations Team