In 2007, the Policy on Student Evaluation of Teaching (SEoT) was approved by the Senate. The Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology has been working with Faculties and Schools to facilitate the implementation of this policy. Together with Planning and Institutional Research, and under the direction of the Senate Standing Committee on Student Evaluation of Teaching, CTLT has been facilitating formal and informal research.
In conjunction with SEoT implementation, CTLT also provides an online course evaluation system (CoursEval) to streamline end of term evaluation process. Ten of twelve Faculties at UBC now conduct fully online evaluations. This process is more environmentally sustainable, allows students the opportunity to provide constructive feedback, and enables an earlier release of data to instructors.
UBC IT recently subscribed to a Canadian-hosted evaluation systems, Enterprise Feedback Management (EFM), through a consortium of BC Higher Education Institutions to use for non-academic surveys.
For more information, please visit: http://www.it.ubc.ca/initiatives/surveys.html.
Software Evaluations and Pilots
The Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology collaborates with academic units and faculty members to evaluate and/or pilot software to enhance student learning. Pilot studies are generally time limited, involve a select group of students and or courses, and have defined evaluation criteria. If successful, they often lead to enterprise deployment. Please feel free to contact us for more information.
Current pilot studies include:
iPeer is an open source system, orginally developed in Applied Science, that has recently been made enterprise ready. It is a rubric based peer evaluation system.
WeBWorK is a free open source Perl-based system for delivering individualized homework problems over the web. By providing students with immediate feedback as to the correctness of their answers, students are encouraged to make multiple attempts until they succeed. By individualizing problems, cheating is discouraged. By providing instructors with real-time statistics, lesson plans can be customized to better serve students. An instance of WeBWorK has been used by the Mathematics Department at UBC in Pilot phase from Fall 2009.