You Said, We Did: How Your Feedback Works in LLMVC
Here in the School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture, we are always thinking about how we can develop and improve our teaching. As part of that, we value your feedback, and are always keen to hear your views.
There are several ways you can tell us what you think, whether it’s positive or negative: course evaluation forms, via student representatives at Staff-Student Liaison Committees, or directly to your course co-ordinator. Don’t wait if there is something you think we need to know. Your course co-ordinator will always be pleased to discuss the course with you, and how you are finding it.
Here are some things we developed in 2016 and 2017 through your feedback:
- Course content refreshed, with new texts and primary materials introduced.
- New optional courses introduced to broaden the scope of our degrees
- Innovations in teaching, including the use of ‘flipped classrooms’ and poster sessions.
- Innovative assessments, including group projects and learning journals, and more projects targeted to employability.
- More time spent on grammar revision in Modern Languages.
- Redesigned dissertation courses in English and Spanish & Latin American Studies.
- Revisions to assessment, including fewer essays and formal exams, more take-home papers, and re-sit exams replaced by online, time-limited essays.
- Submissions deadlines for coursework reviewed, to help ease workload pressure and stress.
- Mid-term student evaluation forms, so we can act on feedback while the course was in progress.
As a final-year student, you are also invited to complete the National Student Survey (NSS), when you can comment on your experience as a whole. The survey opens in January and closes in April. If you are in your final year, please take a few minutes to complete the survey and tell us what you think.
The NSS has given us some very encouraging news in the past couple of years. We’ve had great scores for teaching, including outstanding results for Film & Visual Culture (98%), Language & Linguistics (97%), Music (95%) and English (94%). Your teachers also scored highly for their enthusiasm, with very strong performances in Spanish & Latin American Studies (100%), Language & Linguistics (96%), Film & Visual Culture (95%), English (95%), French & Francophone Studies (92%) and German Studies (90%). In NSS 2017, Music and German came first in Scotland for overall student satisfaction, with Film & Visual Culture equal first in the UK for teaching quality. The NSS has also told us about things for improvement, including prompt return of work and helpfulness of feedback, which we’ve been working hard to improve.
Don’t forget that we are here for you. Make sure that you use all the opportunities available to you to let us know what’s working well, and what could work better.
Thanks for reading, and good luck with your studies!
Professor Michelle MacLeod
Interim Head of School
School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture