Course Evaluation

Every course that is taught under the flag of the GSLS is part of the quality control system. The quality control system ensures the quality of the Master’s courses and other components (research project, writing assignment, etc.) of the Master’s degree programmes.

If the information below does not answer your question, you can send an e-mail to the quality assurance officer. The quality assurance officer depends on which Faculty organises the relevant Master’s programme:

The procedure for Master’s courses is as follows:

  1. The quality assurance officer will contact you (the course coordinator) by email some time before the course is finished. The officer will ask you to critically check the evaluation form and to indicate whether questions need to be changed, removed or added. Furthermore, you will need to indicate the number of participants of the course.
  2. The quality assurance officer will send enough copies of the evaluation forms to you by regular mail. For most courses, the best moment to evaluate the course is right after the final examination. If courses do not have a final examination, it is important to find another moment at the end of the course when all students are present, to have the students fill in the evaluation form.
  3. The course coordinator will let the students fill in the form, collect the evaluation forms, and return them to the quality assurance officer.
  4. The quality assurance officer will process the evaluation forms and make an evaluation report. The officer will send the evaluation report, together with a feedback form, to the course coordinator.
  5. The course coordinator is responsible for distributing the evaluation results amongst the teachers that have participated in the course.
  6. The course coordinator receives the results and is asked to fill in the feedback form and return it to the quality assurance officer. In this way the course coordinator is provided with the opportunity to inform the education committee in advance about potential changes in the course due to the course evaluation.
  7. The education committee carefully looks at the evaluation results and the feedback form, so it is very important that you will out the feedback form!
  8. The course coordinator informs the students who have participated in the course within 6 weeks about the results of the course evaluations and the changes made and measures taken in response to the course evaluation.
  9. The degree and programme director/coordinator will also have access to the results and will be asked to reflect on them in the annual programme reports.

The procedure for Master’s courses is as follows:

  1. The quality assurance team will put the evaluation of your course in the digital evaluation system Caracal and sent the link to your students.
  2. For most courses, the best moment to evaluate the course is right after the final examination. If courses do not have a final examination, it is important to find another moment at the end of the course when all students are present, to have the students fill in the evaluation form on their own device.
  3. Students may also fill out the evaluation after the course at home and will receive one reminder to do so..
  4. The course coordinator has access to the evaluation results and will provide feedback in Caracal. Students can access the system and see the results as well as the feedback.
  5. The quality assurance team will provided the Education committee with the results and the coordinators feedback of all course evaluations.
  6. The Education committee carefully looks at the evaluation results and the feedback, so it is very important that you will provide feedback!
  7. The degree and programme director/coordinator will also have access to the results and will be asked to reflect on them in the annual programme reports.

For questions, suggestions and inquiries concerning course evaluations please e-mail the staff at Student Affairs.

 

In this pilot, we aim to test how to evaluate digitally, without losing response rate and investigate the possibilities to provide individual teachers with feedback. For this purpose the content of the questionnaires will be redesigned.

An important advantage is that digital evaluation enables 'smart' completion by using filters and mandatory questions. Moreover, the remarks of the students are readable and complete (remarks outside the boxes of paper evaluation forms are not scanned).

This pilot includes the evaluation for the research projects, writing assignment and exit questionnaire. There are also some courses that participate in the pilot. 

If you have any question about the pilot, please contact Els van der Vlist.