Students at Western have completed university-wide questionnaires since Fall 1996, and the distribution of the questionnaires and collected data is supported by the Faculty Collective Agreement. Data gathered from the questionnaires serves a variety of purposes:
Even though the Your Feedback system will provide students with access to their SQCTs for the duration of the course feedback period, instructors will still set aside 15 minutes of class for students to complete the SQCT on their own devices, as per senate policy. Research, as well as our own Your Feedback pilot in summer 2016, demonstrates that setting aside time in class both reinforces the importance of the SQCT among students and improves response rates. A full list of instructions and resources for individuals administering the questionnaires in class are found under the Departmental Coordinator Your Feedback Classroom Administration page.
Please note that as per senate policy, the course instructor must be absent from the room during SQCT administration.
The online version of the SQCT is the one used at Western since 1996.
Beginning with Fall 2017 courses, instructors, departments, and faculties will be able to select questions from a pool of items to add to the questionnaire.
While formatting may differ depending on the type of devices students use (e.g. smartphone, tablet, or laptop), all students will see the same information and undertake the same SQCT completion process. The Student How Your Feedback Works page provides a short video walkthrough of what students see when they complete their SQCT using Your Feedback. Step-by-step instructions and screen shots are also available there.
After student have submitted their SQCT, Your Feedback will display a successfully submitted message thanking them and indicating that results will not be released until after final grades are submitted.
Currently, you will not be able to track instructor and departmental response rates, but we are working to implement this functionality in the near future. If you would like an update on response rates during the Your Feedback course feedback period, please contact Krista Dziuba.
As per senate regulation, data from courses with 5 or fewer responses will not be sent to the instructor or Dean. However, it may be possible in the future to aggregate this data and release two or more years of data from a course in order to protect students' confidentiality while still giving instructors, departments, and faculties valuable feedback on courses and instruction.
Instructors and Deans will be notified by email when any SQCT results are ready for you to view. The email will contain a link that will allow you to securely log in to the Your Feedback system and view the results. Results are released simultaneously to Deans and Instructors.