What is our aim?
Our aim is to monitor the quality of courses run by the University academic staff in order to recognize their strengths and weaknesses as well as to manage the didactic offer more efficiently.
The results provide one of many indicators of performance of the University academic staff. They also enable the implementation of measures which enhance quality teaching and learning.
How do we act?
All University students, including Ph.D. candidates and postgraduate students, are invited to participate in a survey. Courses run by academic staff members for a minimum one term can undergo evaluation. All the courses which make up students’ programmes can be evaluated. In practice, the survey is carried out by means of an individual account that every student is allocated to within the University Study-Oriented System (USOS web system). Each student can find there a list of questionnaires which offer questions common to all the university units and faculties as well as questions specific to particular study programmes or courses. In addition, each student – a course participant can provide comments relevant to a course under their evaluation. Evaluation is carried out twice a year within predefined time slots, at the end of each term (a summer edition consists of two time slots: before and after summer holidays, over 6 and 4 weeks, respectively, and a winter edition, over 6 weeks).
The surveys are conducted on a voluntary basis with full respect for confidentiality. The data are statistically organized and collated in the form of summary tables; the comprehensive reports are then submitted to the University authorities and to the relevant University units.
What do the survey results mean?
The results of students’ questionnaires appear to provide a key element of the staff self-evaluation as well as external performance appraisals. The results help those in charge of the University units to take decisions as to whether a given course should be part of a future study programme and whether the performance of some employees should be acknowledged and recognized as outstanding. Academics who receive best results, i.e. whose courses are highly appreciated by students, receive the Rector’s prize.
Jaki jest tego efekt?
Studenckie oceny stanowią istotny element analizy własnej pracy oraz okresowej oceny pracownika naukowo-dydaktycznego i dydaktycznego. Wspomagają także kierowników jednostek w podejmowaniu decyzji o realizowanych w ramach programu studiów kursach i ich prowadzących. Dodatkowo, wysoko ocenionym dydaktykom przyznawane są nagrody JM Rektora UJ za wysoką jakość pracy.