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					SETU and teaching in the Arts Faculty


                                 Stuart Palmer
            Institute of Teaching and Learning
                   (School of Engineering & IT)
              Dr Set-you
              Or, How I
              Learned to
              Stop Worrying
              and Love Like
              At Least
              Not Hate the
              Thing

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Castle_Romeo.jpg
THE HITCH-
HIKERS GUIDE
TO SETU
Don’t panic!
Mostly harmless
A context-free SETU comment
“I found that Stuart seemed to be
complacent about this unit, his
lectures where not worth turning up
too, as it involved sitting there
listening to him talk from the unit
guide, which I did by myself at home
anyway.”
> Liberte
> Je Remasse
> Le Tour Eiffel
> Gendarmarie
> Animalerie
> Stonehenge
Student evaluation of teaching (SET)
Work by Ramsden and others in the 1980s (re-
)established a link between student perceptions
of their learning environment and:

> the level of their engagement with their
  studies; (hence, generally,)
> the ‘quality’ of their learning/outcomes
What is quality?




                   ?
               What is quality in a pen?




Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Pen.jpg
What is quality in a pen?
>   Writes smoothly?
>   Lasts a long time?
>   Doesn’t break?
>   Good grip?
>   Has a highlighter on one end?
>   Doesn’t smudge?
>   Has a gold nib?
>   Writes in space?
From 2006 report to Academic Board
From 2006 SETU report
From 2006 SETU report
Student evaluation of teaching
Reflecting the modern understanding of the
multi-faceted nature of quality and the finding
that it is the entirety of the university experience
that contributes to the student ‘course
experience’, virtually all authors examining the
value of the SET process recognise that SET
data are only one of many sources of
information that should be called upon when
evaluating teaching
               Triangulation




Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orthographic_projection
Triangulation
Triangulation
Triangulation
Evaluation of teaching
Other valuable data sources include:
> objective measures of student learning (such
  as unit marks)
> reflective (self) assessment of teaching
  performance (what worked, what didn’t)
> peer assessment of teaching
> student focus groups
Evaluation of teaching
> etc. …maybe Facebook?
Interpreting SETU


USA Today has come out with a new
survey - apparently, three out of every
four people make up 75% of the
population
                              David Letterman
Interpreting SETU
> a reasonable number of responses;
> a reasonable overall response rate; and
> a reasonably equal rate of responses
  between campuses

…provide some confidence that the survey
sample is representative
Consistency
> a small standard deviation on a mean item rating
  indicates that most respondents were in agreement
> a large positive difference between the proportion of
  agreement and disagreement indicates that
  substantially more students agreed
> if the written open-ended comments reveal common,
  repeated themes, these are worthy of further
  investigation
> etc.
Discrepancy
> a small number of ratings that are different from the
  majority can influence the reported mean
> a small number of adverse comments that seem at
  odds with the majority of written feedback are
  probably not worth losing a lot of sleep over
> a rating in one item that is significantly different from
  the others in the SETU results for the same unit
  might be an indicator worth investigating further
> etc.
Interpreting SETU – in general
SETU is only one measure of the ‘quality’ of
teaching

SETU is a pretty blunt instrument

Used in an rational manner, the quantitative
and qualitative results from SETU can be an aid
in the evaluation of teaching and learning
Interpreting SETU – in general
The larger the number of responses, the more
reliable the data

Trends (as long as they are real) can be
informative
Mean SETU responses 2003-2004




   1    The teaching staff of this unit stimulated my interest in further learning.
   2    The teaching staff of this unit motivated me to do my best work.
   5    This unit was well taught.
   6    I had a clear idea of what was expected me in this unit.
   17   I would recommend this unit to other students.
   18   The use of on-line technologies in this unit enhanced my learning experience.
Mean SETU responses 2003-2005




   1    The teaching staff of this unit stimulated my interest in further learning.
   2    The teaching staff of this unit motivated me to do my best work.
   5    This unit was well taught.
   6    I had a clear idea of what was expected me in this unit.
   17   I would recommend this unit to other students.
   18   The use of on-line technologies in this unit enhanced my learning experience.
Mean SETU responses 2003-2006




   1    The teaching staff of this unit stimulated my interest in further learning.
   2    The teaching staff of this unit motivated me to do my best work.
   5    This unit was well taught.
   6    I had a clear idea of what was expected me in this unit.
   17   I would recommend this unit to other students.
   18   The use of on-line technologies in this unit enhanced my learning experience.
SETU teaching comments
“I found that Stuart seemed to be
complacent about this unit, his
lectures where not worth turning up
too, as it involved sitting there
listening to him talk from the unit
guide, which I did by myself at home
anyway.”
SETU teaching comments
> An exceptionally hardworking teacher. Always
  responding promptly to enquiries. Thank you Stuart
  for your efforts.
> Excellent teaching of course work
> Excellent teaching, great feedback, showed interest
  in progress. Best I have come across.
> Good lecturer.
> Great course content and well delivered
SETU teaching comments
> It was good how Stuart used videos to illustrate
  things in the real world. His lectures are well
  structured as all the unit material is covered in
  lecturers which are always informative. It was nice to
  get the reminder email about assignment1 and 3, this
  shows he has compassion towards the students.
> The lectures were good and didnt drag on too much.
> The teaching support offered as part of this unit was
  excellent.
SETU teaching comments
> This unit was very well taught. I could not fault any
  part of it.
> Very easy to listen to, and teaches well
> Very promptuos lecturer
> Well structured class.
> very interesting to listen to and knows how to teach.
  was very helpful to me when i had questions
> very well taught, easily understood, madde the unit
  enjoyable.
SETU teaching comments
> Yes stuart palmer is dedicated lecturer who is willing
  to help and puts an effort into helping students. His
  lectures cover alot of content with plenty of examples.
> Good uses of informations and extra material to help
  get a point across
> sometimes it feels very long to has class for 2 hours.
Be careful of the prominent outlier…
Using SETU
The circumstances, context and influences on a
particular unit are individual in nature

Standard, boilerplate responses probably aren’t
that useful

SETU might offer some insights of value
Source: http://staff.ucreative.ac.uk/Document%20Store/Quality%20and%20Standards/Peer%20
Observation%20of%20Teaching%20and%20Learning%20(POT)/POT%20Scheme%20-%20final.pdf
Online PD materials
Online PD materials
Online PD modules:
www.deakin.edu.au/itl/pd/tl-modules

Enhancing teaching and learning:
www.deakin.edu.au/itl/pd/tl-modules/scholarly

				
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