FAQ for Lecturers

1. Who decides which courses are evaluated?

The study commission decides which courses are to be evaluated. The decision is usually made at the end of the previous semester. To have additional courses evaluated, please refer to the person responsible for course evaluations.

2. How many courses are evaluated?

At least one course of every lecturer is evaluated over a period of one semester.

3. As a lecturer, can I ask my own additional questions?

Lecturers have the option to supplement the questionnaire with additional questions by using the individual evaluation field process. The number of additional questions you can ask depends on the existing questions in the course evaluation and the length and number of answers to additional questions. The questionnnaire should not exceed two pages.

4. How does the individual evaluation field process work?

Lecturers will be invited to use the individual evaluation field process in the first weeks of the semester. The process can only be used through the universitiy network. All lecturers have the opportunity to choose individual questions for the questionnaire. Through this process, lecturers can access a pool of questions in the evalution software.

5. When will the courses be evaluated?

The aim of the student course evaluation is to obtain feedback for lecturers. For this reason, the evaluation phase occurs in the middle of the semester.

6. What work is required for me as a lecturer?

The questionnaires will be sent to you. You should have these completed during the class and collected by a student, who passes them on to the Course Evaluation Office by delivering them to the university mail room in a sealed envelope.

7. How many questionnaires must be completed in order to carry out the course evaluations?

For privacy reasons, course evaluation will only be carried out when six or more completed questionnaires are received by the Course Evaluation Office.

8. Who will see the results?

Lecturers receive the analysis of their own course a few days after the evaluation. In the following semester break, the Dean of Studies will receive a report of the aggregated results for the department. The Dean of Studies and the members of the study commissions also receive electronic access to the department report and the individual results, which are stored in a protected area of the Quality Management website. If the department council wishes, the individual reports provided on the website will also include handwritten comments on the courses.

9. What are the consequences of a class evaluation?

The aim of the evaluation is to give lecturers with personal feedback for the ongoing improvement of their classes. For this to happen, both lecturers and students have to be prepared to discuss results openly. It means that the lecturer must be open to self-criticism and suggestions for improvement, as well as requiring the students to provide constructive criticism. The results are not linked to financial consequences or compensation for lecturers. 

10. For how long are the questionnairies to be kept?

The class evaluation regualation (§ 6) stipulates that the questionnaires are to be kept under special security conditions and destroyed after three semesters. The analysis results are destroyed after a period of five years. 

11. Who can I ask if I have further questions?

The Class Evaluation Office and the staff unit Quality Management will be glad to answer any further questions you may have.