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Student feedback: How can international educators increase response rates?

“It is important not to over-survey students”

Where does the responsibility lie for universities improving teaching effectiveness and student learning within international higher education?

In an era of co-creation, meaningful change cannot be achieved without listening to students. Capturing, and effectively responding to the student voice, is so important to both the academic and wider campus experience. The issue is that many students are experiencing survey fatigue and response rates are often not as high or as representative as universities would like to support institutional enhancement.

In How to Increase Course Evaluation Response Rates, Explorance shares insight from global higher education leaders who have achieved an ‘uplift’ in levels of student feedback on evaluations and their tips for increasing response rates.

The University of Louisville, University of Newcastle Australia, UNSW Sydney, University of Minnesota, and Temasek Polytechnic join UK universities in sharing their practical guidance on survey strategies. Here are five things we learned:

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Covid-19 impact: engaging international students with institutional responses

“Institutions know they need to ensure that teaching is delivering value”

Changes to teaching and learning as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic have raised serious questions around how the student voice can be captured effectively, especially given the sector’s reliance on face-to-face approaches, and ultimately around student satisfaction, writes John Atherton of Explorance.

With the majority of universities subsequently advocating blended approaches to teaching and learning for the 2020/21 academic year, they have done so after reflecting long and hard on their initial responses to Covid-19 and developing plans for engaging students.

However, with Coronavirus outbreaks hitting campuses worldwide, the sector has faced a bumpy ride and at times harsh criticism throughout this first semester.

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