Teaching Quality

Both the student feedback exercise and peer review are two instruments deployed to help monitor teaching quality.

 

 

Student Feedback

Feedback from students is an essential element in monitoring the quality of the programme. At NUS, various elements of student feedback are cohesively organised such that issues arising from the data collected are addressed and subsequently lead to real improvements both in terms of educational strategies and pedagogical styles.

 

Students on Campus

For undergraduates and coursework graduate students, there is an online student feedback exercise conducted every semester to gather information on students' learning experiences as well as their responses to their course. The online exercise usually begins two weeks before the start of the examination period and ends by 2359 on the day before the first day of the examination period. The evaluation results are computed using the total scores from the responses from all students and are released only after they have received their examination results. Click here for more information.

For graduate research students, they provide feedback on the quality of supervision at the point of submitting their thesis for examination. To ensure confidentiality of evaluation, feedback is only released to the Faculties after the results of the thesis exam are finalised.

 

Students on Student Exchange Programme (SEP)/NUS Overseas Colleges (NOC)

From 2007, feedback from students involved in the SEPs and NOCs will be collected in a regular and systematic manner, once every semester. The objective is to obtain feedback on the modules, teaching quality and overseas educational experience.

 

Peer Review

Peer Review (PR) is required of all Departments/Programmes at NUS. While the primary function of PR is to provide useful information to the administration for teacher appraisals for re-appointment, promotion, tenure, and teaching awards, it also serves as a monitoring process on teaching quality as it provides useful feedback for the staff to improve his/her teaching. The peer review consists of both quantitative and qualitative sections and covers the entire spectrum of a teacher's contribution to student learning including classroom teaching, curriculum design, teaching materials and assessment tasks. For more details and to access the forms, guidelines or procedures, please login to the education domain of the NUS staff portal.