'Have Your Say' - SECaT and SETutor evaluations

As a UQ student, SECaT and SETutor evaluations provide you with the opportunity to give feedback on your experience of course, teaching and tutoring at UQ.

At the end of each semester, you will be invited to evaluate your course(s), teacher(s) and tutor(s) via an online SECaT / SETutor evaluation.

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1. What is SECaT?

Each time a course is offered, students enrolled in that course will be invited to evaluate their course and teacher(s) via an online SECaT evaluation.

For the majority of courses at UQ, the first email invitation will be sent to students at the beginning of Week 12 each semester. Students can access the SECaT via the link contained in the email invitation. Alternatively, students can access their SECaTs via the ‘Have Your Say’ module on the Blackboard welcome page (PDF, 204KB).

All SECaTs remain open for at least 2 full weeks. Students are sent up to 3 reminders.

What questions will be asked?

The SECaT evaluation consists of 8 quantitative and two 2 qualitative items regarding the course experience, as follows:

  1. I had a clear understanding of the aims and goals of the course.
  2. The course was intellectually stimulating.
  3. The course was well structured.
  4. The learning materials assisted me in this course.
  5. Assessment requirements were made clear to me.
  6. I received helpful feedback on how I was going in the course.
  7. I learned a lot in this course.
  8. Overall, how would you rate this course?
  9. What were the best aspects of this course?
  10. What improvements would you suggest?

The SECaT evaluation also contains 8 quantitative and 2 qualitative items regarding the quality of teaching, as follows:

  1. …was well organised.
  2. …was good at explaining things.
  3. …was approachable.
  4. …stimulated my interest in the field of study.
  5. …inspired me to learn.
  6. …encouraged student input.
  7. …treated students with respect.
  8. Overall, how would you rate this teacher?
  9. What aspects of this teacher’s approach best helped your learning?
  10. What would you have liked this teacher to have done differently?

SECaT evaluations take approximately 3 to 5 minutes to complete, depending on how much open-ended feedback you choose to provide. 

Is it compulsory?

Completing SECaT evaluations is voluntary, however it is strongly encouraged, as it is an opportunity for you to provide valuable feedback on your experience of courses and teaching at UQ. Student feedback informs the understanding of teaching strengths and weaknesses and provides ideas about how courses and teaching can be improved.

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2. What types of surveys will I get?

There are 2 main course and teaching surveys: SETutors and SECaTs.

SETutors allow students to provide feedback about their experience of tutoring. For the majority of tutors, these surveys will open from Monday of Week 10. These surveys may be administered as a single password survey, as QR codes or as direct emails.

Schools select the type of surveys their tutors will have in order to meet their school's needs, and may even select to not run SETutor surveys for their School's tutors.

Beginning from Semester 2 2018, SETutor evaluations are also conducted as confidential surveys. Student identifying data are only accessible to administrators. To further help to protect your individual identity, data are reported in aggregates of 5 or more responses for SETutor surveys.

Some courses may also opt to run a Check-in survey. This survey will open to students on Monday, Teaching Week 5 and close on Sunday, Teaching Week 6. The Check-in survey is designed to allow current students to provide feedback about the course and/or teaching earlier in the semester. It is an optional survey so may or may not run for all courses.

How do I access them?

To access your surveys, either:

  • Go to https://eval.uq.edu.au and enter your UQ Student login credentials or the survey password provided to you by staff. All your surveys will be listed once you log in; 
  • Log on to Blackboard and look for the ‘Have Your Say’ module. Click on the link(s) to complete the SECaT evaluation(s); or
  • Click on the link in the email invitation. 
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3. How can I see the SECaT results?

In accordance with UQ’s student engagement strategy, students may view the results via the publicly available SECaT Course Results Dashboard below.

The SECaT outcomes below show only the course outcomes which have previously been accessible via the public guest logon through the UQ Reportal system. Teaching outcomes are not publicly available as they are confidential to staff.

Some things to note:

  • If you can't see a dashboard below, your browser may be blocking the content. Please temporarily enable blocked content in order to view the dashboard.
  • We recommend that Staff use the UQ Reportal reports to view the outcomes in greater detail. Quick links to reports are available at: How to Access SECaT Course and Teaching Reports.
  • Feedback from the evaluation process will be used by staff for course and teaching improvement and will be summarised in the Electronic Course Profiles in the following semester.
  • Results shown on this dashboard aggregate data by Course Code and not Class Number.
  • "Number of Responses" are the number of responses where all questions were answered. Partial numbers per questions are shown in the chart.
  • When interpreting results, consider the number of responses in context with the number of enrolments. Courses with low response rates may not have results indicative of all students' perceptions. 
  • Only courses with 6 or more responses have data displayed.
  • If you have any feedback please email evaluations@uq.edu.au
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4. When are the SECaT evaluations open?

Normally, SECaT surveys open from Teaching Week 12 through to the day before exams begin. This means you will have almost 3 weeks to complete your SECaT evaluations for the majority of courses. Some courses may have different survey periods to suit the teaching mode for the course. 

Reminder emails are normally sent every 5 days. Additional reminders may be sent at the discretion of UQ Senior Executives.

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5. Do I have to evaluate all lecturers?

No. Only evaluate the lecturers who have taught you.

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6. Why aren't evaluations open after exams?

UQ re-evaluated whether SECaTs should be opened after exams in Semester 2, 2016, through pilots consisting of over 100 courses and 10,000 students. Those pilots found that approximately 90% of students (equating to 3,949 responses) completed surveys before exams began, and only 29 responses were received after the exam period ended.

Outcomes from the pilots were further presented to the University Teaching & Learning Committee, which agreed that opening SECaTs after the exam period ended would only serve as an additional annoyance to the majority of UQ students and would inhibit UQ's ability to report SECaT outcomes at the same time as the release of grades.

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7. What type of feedback can I leave?

Feedback provided through student evaluations should be constructive. Your feedback should explain your perceptions of course, teaching and tutoring strengths and weaknesses, with suggestions for improvements. We suggest you comment on aspects of course, teaching and tutoring quality, such as content, resources, assessments, teaching and learning strategies, or organisational aspects of the course, teaching and tutoring.

Remember that comments should be professionally communicated, that is, avoid using expletives or urban slang. You should also avoid comments of a personal nature which are of no relevance to course, teaching and tutoring quality.

Constructive feedback or grievance?

Student evaluations have been designed to allow students to provide constructive feedback about their experience of course, teaching and tutoring quality, so courses can undergo a process of continuous improvement.

While UQ also accepts that there may be instances when students may feel dissatisfied with course, teaching and tutoring quality, evaluations are not the mechanism for lodging grievances. If you have a grievance about academic or teaching standards, you may choose to lodge a grievance in accordance with the Student Grievance Resolution policy (PPL 3.60.02).

For further information about Student Grievance Resolution processes, please visit: www.asd.uq.edu.au/student-grievance-students

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8. Are my responses confidential?

From Semester 1, 2015 all SECaTs are designed to be confidential in order for the University to comply with its legal obligations in regard to Privacy (Queensland Information Privacy Act 2009) and Duty of Care (Queensland Work Health and Safety Act 2011). Beginning from Semester 2 2018 onwards, SETutor surveys will also be conducted as confidential surveys.

Upon enrolment, students accept the terms specified within the Student Charter.

Students also agree to comply with the policy PPL 3.60.04 Student Integrity and Misconduct which outlines acceptable and inappropriate student behaviours. This is relevant in that it aims to encourage students to provide constructive feedback through open comments. When providing feedback through open comments, students should provide comments intended to help staff to improve teaching and learning quality at UQ.

Student evaluations assure student confidentiality in relation to the general reporting of SECaT and SETutor outcomes to University staff (Academics, Professional staff within Faculties and Schools or other units and divisions outside of the UQ Evaluation Unit, and University Senior Executives). Student confidentiality is further increased for these reporting processes through the reporting rules:

  • No SECaT will be generated if a course has fewer than six (6) students enrolled;
  • No quantitative data will be released if a course has fewer than six (6) responses;
  • No SETutor will be generated if a tutorial has fewer than five (5) students enrolled;
  • No quantitative data will be released if a SETutor survey has fewer than five (5) responses.

However, the University keeps a record of student information related to the completion of student evaluations. This information includes a record of student identification numbers against survey responses. The collection of student identification numbers allows the University to comply with its legal obligations. Apart from when the law says we must do so, the University will also access student information related to student responses when a response has been identified by UQ staff to have breached the University’s Student Integrity and Misconduct policy or Duty of Care responsibilities to students and staff. This includes responses which:

  • Threaten students or staff in any way by: harassing, vilifying, bullying, abusing, threatening, assaulting or endangering staff, students or other members of the University's community directly or by other means of communication (3.60.04 Student Integrity and Misconduct, subsection 6.2.2 [h]), or
  • Are deemed by relevant University staff to be inappropriate because they contain profanities or other statements not provided with constructive intent for improvements to teaching and learning provisions at the University.

Student identification information in these instances will only be accessed in order to un-publish comments, manage allegations made in comments, and archive them for legal purposes. Academic staff will not receive individually identifiable student information unless the University is required to provide this information for legal compliance.

Beyond the reasons listed above and to assure student confidentiality, the UQ Evaluation Unit will not release individually identifiable student information from student evaluations for any other purpose either to UQ staff or students. For more information please refer to PPL 3.30.02 Course and Teacher Surveys.

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9. How are survey results used?

Results from course and teaching surveys (SECaTs, Check-In, and SETutor surveys) are primarily used for quality assurance purposes. Student feedback informs the understanding of teaching strengths and weaknesses, and provides ideas about how courses and teaching can be improved. Survey results are also used for decisions regarding recruitment, continuing employment and promotion, and for decisions about courses, programs, and many aspects of curriculum and the student experience.

Non-identifiable data collected from the UQ course and teaching survey instruments may be made available to staff for research purposes under Section 5.1 of the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (PDF, 603KB).

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  Begin a SECaT or SETutor evaluation

SECaT and SETutor evaluations for Semester 2 are now open.

You will receive an email invitation for each of the courses you are enrolled in. You can also access the surveys at any time through the Student Evaluation Portal.