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Student Experience of Instruction – Students’ Learning and Our Teaching

April 1, 2022 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm


Welcome to our last community of practice before our final event of the academic year. While we are busy wrapping up our teaching and offering constructive feedback to our students, it is also the time when we will encounter our anonymous student surveys, which can affect our employment.

As contract faculty, we are precariously employed, and the Student Experience of Instruction results will inevitably bring us new stress at the end of each term. These surveys have been widely discredited, including in legal decisions, such as the Ryerson decision in 2016, and many universities have stopped using them. At UBC, this instruments has been revised and additional evaluation tools such as peer review of teaching have been introduced; nevertheless, this does not reduce the stress we face.

Let’s get together again at the end of another unusual year and share:
– Approaches to reading and responding to anonymous student comments
– Ways to work through emotional reactions to SEIs
– Strategies to decide what and how to respond

– Sarika Bose teaches in the English Department and is the Chair of the UBCFA’s Contract Faculty Committee, which represents 8-month, 12- month and all other non- tenure track faculty at UBC.
– Judy Chan is a sessional lecturer with the Faculty of Land and Food Systems since 2010 and an educational consultant with the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology. At the time of writing this brief bio, she was preparing to submit final grades for the course she taught in the summer.