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Students Evaluate Teaching, Assess Programme Management, and Select the Best Teachers

And we tell you about the changes this year and the deadlines

© Daniil Prokofyev/ HSE University

The Teaching Quality Assessment (TQA) and Student Quality Assessment of Academic Programme Management (SQAAPM) are in full swing on all HSE campuses. Students may also cast their Best Teacher votes.

In the TQA, students assess subjects that are traditionally taught in the 4th module or for which midterm grades are given. In the SQAAPM, students can give an overall assessment of the work of their academic supervisor, programme manager, and other staff of their programme office. Both assessments have undergone some changes.

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On June 16, HSE’s final Teaching Quality Assessment (TQA) for this year comes to its conclusion. This is an important mechanism, which helps us receive student feedback about courses and instruction at our university. Below, HSE University Life considers five key questions of the TQA.

What's new in the TQA this module?

The TQA now includes a new segment on project activity. This will allow the University to assess the effectiveness of the project approach not only as a whole (as in Student Life Monitoring), but also at the individual project level.

Each project that is included in a student's individual curriculum for the 2020-2021 academic year is assessed according to the following criteria:

  • The usefulness of the project for one’s future career
  • The usefulness of the project for expanding one’s horizons and diversifying one’s development
  • The novelty of the knowledge and skills gained in the project
  • The quality of the project head’s organization of the project
  • The complexity of the project for successful completion

There is also a field for additional comments for every project.

In the TQA module, students may also make their selection for the best teachers of the academic year. Each student can choose up to two of the best lecturers and seminar or workshop instructors. The election winners are awarded the title of Best Teacher and, if employed on a full or part-time basis, they will receive a bonus for the next academic year.

Unlike the TQA, which takes place once per module, the SQAAPM is conducted once a year. Now in its third year, the SQAAPM provides the University administration valuable information that influences various decisions, including those related to personnel and finances, academic programme management, programme administrators, managers, and programme office staff. The feedback is even more important for HSE employees themselves.

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Students Rate how Effectively Their Academic Programmes Are Managed

This year, the SQAAPM is being held for the first time not only in Moscow, but on other HSE campuses. Students in St. Petersburg, Perm, and Nizhny Novgorod will also evaluate the performance of their academic administrations and programme offices.

You can assess your instructors, classes, programme administrators, and programme offices, write comments on the overall organization of the educational process, and select the best teachers in your LMS account. (See the sections, ‘Rate your courses’ and ‘Assessment of employees’).

The TQA and best teacher elections will be conducted until June 20, 23:59. You can assess your  Academic Supervisor, Manager, and Programme Study Office staff until the end of the month.

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