Information for students
Please note: a new SELT survey is being piloted in 2019. This page reflects that pilot. Further information can be found on the Beyond SELT webpage.
Completing an online student evaluation
- Check your university email account for an invitation to participate, and click on the link in the email to directly access a survey form. The emails will come from ANU Evaluations (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- You can also check the 'Evaluations (SELT)' block in WATTLE for links to your outstanding surveys. This can be found through either 'My Timeline' or 'My Courses' at the bottom of the page.
- If teaching evaluations have been requested, you will be able to select the teachers you wish to evaluate within the survey. Carefully check which course/lecturer/tutor is being evaluated and enter your responses.
- Click SUBMIT to complete the process.
End-of-course Survey (Course Evaluation)
After the release of student grades, we will provide qualitative (including student comments) course evaluation results to the relevant staff. Enrolled students and ANU Staff (including Department Heads, College Deans and University Executive) will be able to access the quantitative evaluation results on the SELT course results page, as well as individual course pages on Programs and Courses. Open-ended comments will not be released with these results.
End-of-course Teacher Survey (Teaching Evaluation)
Teaching evaluation results will be provided at the same time as course evaluations, but only to the specific teaching staff being assessed.
Frequently asked questions (Students)
- Why is SELT important?
- Students provide a unique insight into the learning and teaching experience. By providing feedback, you are directly helping the University to understand what is working and where there is room for improvement.
- Contributing to SELT can also help other students make informed choices about the classes they enrol in, as quantitative SELT results are available on most course pages on Programs and Courses.
- When are student evaluations conducted?
- Semester 1 and 2 evaluations are typically conducted during the last three weeks of the teaching period, through to the end of exams. For non-standard (Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring) sessions, these dates vary according to the course. Information about survey critical dates can be found in the SELT timetable.
- If you are unsure, please ask your lecturer when the evaluations for that course will be run.
- Will my responses be anonymous?
- Yes. The evaluation software has been audited for anonymity. Access to a survey is granted via a single-use password, but the passwords cannot be linked to survey responses.
- Results of the evaluations, including comments, will not be provided to the teaching staff member until after student grades are released.
- It may still be possible for students to be identified through the specific feedback that they provide. The University's policy and procedure specify that staff must act ethically with student feedback.
- If you have any concerns about the behaviour of staff, this can be discussed with the Dean of Students.
- Who is able to view SELT results?
- Quantitative (without student comments) course results are available to staff via ANU Insight. Staff and students can also view these results on the Course results page of the Evaluations website.
- Qualitative (with student comments) course and teaching results are made available to relevant staff after grades are released. Please note that teaching evaluations are only provided to the staff member they are about.
- Who can I provide teaching feedback about?
- The surveys enable students to provide feedback on any class the student is enrolled in. In the case of teaching evaluations, students can provide feedback on any lecturers or tutors associated with that course, whose names appear on their SELT form. Some academic staff will not have applied to receive teaching evaluations, which will result in their names not being included on the form.
- Is completing the survey compulsory?
- It is not compulsory for students to complete a SELT survey, however, survey participation is highly encouraged. Feedback gathered in SELT responses helps to improve the delivery of courses and teaching. If you choose not to complete a SELT evaluation, you will not be penalised.
- I missed the deadlines, can I provide feedback via other channels?
- Yes. Although surveys cannot be re-opened beyond the deadline, students have several options for providing feedback. They may like to contact their lecturer, tutor or course convener directly, or if they wish to remain anonymous, may contact their school administration and ask for feedback to be passed to the relevant lecturer, tutor or course convener anonymously. Please note that this option is at the discretion of individual schools and may vary.
- How is the feedback I provide used by teachers at ANU?
- Teachers are encouraged to use SELT feedback to improve the delivery of their classes.
- SELT results are also used in course reviews at a College level and are an important quality control measure.
If you need further information, please contact the Evaluations team.