Tallinn University of Technology

Feedback on teaching, courses and the organisation of studies

At TalTech, students can give feedback twice a year using ÕIS.

Your feedback is very important:

  • for you in order to analyse and reflect on your semester's work; 
  • for the lecturer in order to develop and improve his or her course and teaching skills;
  • for the programme director in order to improve the courses and ensure high quality of teaching;
  • for the Human Resources Office and Office of Academic Affairs in order to provide more efficient support for the professional development of the lecturers;
  • for the management of the university in order to take the students' opinion into consideration when taking decisions.

The feedback survey is totally anonymous. The results will be presented only in aggregate form.

The feedback process at TalTech is governed by the "Procedure for requesting and taking into account feedback on teaching and courses".

Feedback Good Practice

TalTech students have formulated and written good practice to follow when giving feedback.

Good feedback is:

  • based on self-analysis - it is very important to consider one's own contribution when evaluating teaching. A lecturer may make every effort to help students, but ultimately each student must take responsibility for his/her learning.
  • polite - lack of respect, rudeness, etc. do not help a lecturer or programme director to improve a course or study programme. 
  • justified – ... , because ...". The points in the questionnaire provide a good indication, but explanations are important in order to improve the quality. 
  • objective – emotions should be left out of feedback, sometimes it is useful to wait a bit before giving feedback and analyse one's own action in parallel with the lecturer's activities in order to get to the core of the matter.
  • constructive – lecturers and programme directors use student feedback to improve their work. This can be done if the feedback provides an opportunity for that, i.e. it is based on observations and facts and is accurate (the comments concern the activities of the selected lecturer, etc.). 
  • for expressing praise  – recognition of a lecturer's good work motivates and encourages the lecturer to step up his/her efforts.