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Student Learning Feedback Form

Contact

Office of Academic and Faculty Affairs
Coxe Hall
Second Floor
Phone: (315) 781-3304
Fax: (315) 781-3334

One-on-One SLFF Help Sessions
Sarah Kildow, Digital Learning Team
kildow@hws.edu

The Student Learning Feedback Form is the primary means by which students provide feedback to faculty about their experience in courses. SLFFs have a common structure, but each is tailored to an individual course.

If you are teaching a course for which you do not yet have a SLFF in the EvalKit system, then you will need to create a new SLFF in the system.

If you ARE teaching a course for which you already have a SLFF entered into the system, you may re-use it.  If you don’t have any changes, you will be able to use the same form every time you teach the same class, you just need to follow the step of “attaching” the existing form to this semester’s relevant course section.

Note, however, if your course objectives have changed, you do NOT directly edit the existing SLFF in EvaluationKit.  You must make a copy of an existing form and edit it; and, finally you will need to attach the new tweaked SLFF to the semester’s relevant course section.

When creating, copying, editing, and attaching SLFFs, certain terms are important to keep in mind.

SLFF Template – The template is used to create an SLFF within EvaluationKit. Each form is based on a template with a specific structure.

Creating an SLFF – Each form exists independent of a specific instance of a course.

Copying and Editing an SLFF – Once a specific form is created, it can be tweaked by copying and editing the original SLFF. Note: If you want to make changes to an existing SLFF, always make a copy and edit.

Attaching an SLFF – Once an SLFF is finalized, you must “attach” it to a specific instance of a course.

The resources linked below are designed to help you create, copy, edit, and attach your forms. Keep in mind that you may use the same form for multiple sections of a course.

Creating your SLFF in Word (Step 1)

A. To begin creating your SLFF, you will need to identify the following aspects for each course, most of which can be easily gleaned from your syllabus:

  • Learning objectives
  • Skills and abilities
  • Concepts and topics
  • Assignments
  • Resources and experiences

B. The first part of the process is for you to create your SLFFs in Word (using the template below so that you have them neatly organized and clearly written. Note: Each of these six sections can have no more than five items. The goal is to create a Word document from which you can then cut and paste the text you need in Step 2.
SLFF Blank Template for Faculty (Word)

C. Below is a handout on learning objectives. Writing objectives seems to be the area in which faculty tend to need the most support. Writing good learning objectives takes practice and the more clearly written your learning objectives are, the more useful the feedback you will receive. There are a variety of frameworks for writing learning objectives. There are no specific requirements as to how these are generated.
Handout on Learning Objectives

D. Please note that the SLFF is designed with several criteria in terms of the categories on the form, which are also intended to ensure you get the most reliable and useful feedback possible.

  • Each of the sections can have no more than five elements in each.
  • Learning objectives should be one sentence each, clearly written and specific.
  • Skills and/or abilities may have some overlap with your learning objectives and are most often specific to a particular discipline or area.
  • Concepts and/or topics should be discrete and specific. Usually, they are no more than two or three words.
  • In terms of assignments, you may choose to include either categories of assignments or a specific assignment itself.
  • Resources and experiences can be anything from classroom-specific resources to off-campus field trips.

Creating Your SLFF in Evaluation Kit (Step 2)

A. Once you have your SLFF created in Word, you can then use EvaluationKit to create the actual form. Each form (for a specific course) only needs to be created once. You will be able to use this form for future iterations of your course. You may choose to modify the form at that time, if necessary.

B. We strongly encourage you to use the Help Guides and Screencast Videos below that include sequenced steps. EvaluationKit is fairly simple, but not intuitive. In addition, we are working with the company to streamline this process. At the moment, there are more clicks and navigating than should be necessary.

Evaluation Kit
This is the online system through which you will create your form(s).

Help Guide – Creating Your SLFF

Screencast Video – Creating Your SLFF

Attaching an SLFF to a Course (Step 3)

A. Your final step is to “attach” your SLFF to a specific instance of a course. This means that you are essentially making an SLFF available to students for a specific course during a particular semester.

Help Guide – Attaching an SLFF

Screencast Video – Attaching an SLFF

Example Forms

BIOL 232: Cell Biology

ENTR 201: Quantitative Tools

DAN 300: Dance Composition

HIST 111: Labor, Race, and Gender in the Making of America

POL 110: Introduction to American Politics

REL 461: Senior Seminar: Theory in Religious Studies