Is there any academic value in the SEEQ instrument?

The University of Manitoba has been using the SEEQ instrument as the tool of choice to collect feedback from students on courses and course instruction.  UMFA would like to know: do UMFA members gain any feedback from the SEEQs that is of real academic value?

Do you think that the SEEQs provide constructive, formative feedback on your teaching practices? Do you generally receive informative written student comments? Do you receive comments that pertain to aspects other than your teaching practices (these can be positive or negative, like comments on how you look or dress)? Did you receive discriminatory comments that are personal, sexist, racist, or that have an ethnocentric bias?  What kind of feedback would assist you to improve your courses? Do you perceive that summary scores are considered equitably in tenure and promotion decisions?

As the university is gearing up to have the Senate Committee on Instruction and Evaluation review the SEEQ instrument, UMFA has established an ad-hoc committee to make a submission to be included in this review.  We need member feedback to inform our submission.

In addition to the above, we would also like to hear your thoughts on the following:

Privacy: SEEQ scores are made available to the student population.  Do you feel it is reasonable and justifiable to distribute this information?

Harassment: Are written student comments respectful? Have you ever received written SEEQ comments that are harassing and that might show bias on the part of your students? If so, what has been the nature of these comments and have they had negative effects on your experience as an instructor/professor and employee? If you still have copies of harassing or otherwise inappropriate comments, we’d like to see them so we can fully impress on the Senate Committee the extent and nature of the problem.

Teaching Dossier: Have you ever been encouraged by your Dean or Director to start or maintain a Teaching Dossier? What do you keep in it? Has it helped you improve the effectiveness of your teaching?

We’d like a written account of your experiences, good and bad. Your information will be kept confidential and we will not share your name with anyone. Please submit your comments, experiences, and any documents you’d like to share about SEEQs to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by November 26, 2018.

Please note, too, that if you or your colleagues are experiencing harassment or other forms of inappropriate behavior, via SEEQs or otherwise, please immediately contact the office for confidential advice and support: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 204.474.8272.