How can I gather feedback and act on what I find?

Getting started


  • What UOA policy documents exist to guide me?
  • Are there alternative ways to to gather feedback about my teaching? 
  • How do I collect feedback on my teaching?

Gathering Feedback from Students

The section, Evaluation of practice and continuing professional development looks in detail at gathering feedback from students. However, if you want to get an initial overview of what is involved in gathering feedback from your students then you can visit the University resource page on student evaluation of courses and teaching (accessible to University of Auckland staff).

Other Forms of Feedback

Student evaluation of teaching and learning is important but as you will see if you go to the Evaluation of Practice and Continuing Professional Development section, there are lots of other ways to gather feedback. For example:

  • You might ask a peer to assess your teaching and to give you feedback on how you are doing.
  • An external assessor might moderate your course and provide feedback.
  • If your course is delivered online as an open access course you might ask visitors to the course website to provide you with feedback. Gathering feedback in this way - open access feedback - can provide you with a range of perspectives that you might not otherwise have had.

Helen Sword from the Centre for Academic Development offers some practical tips about gathering feedback:

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Gathering feedback about your teaching and acting on what you find will be an ongoing process in which you reflect and make changes or act in terms of what the feedback is telling you. Your reflections might be maintained in a hard copy reflective teaching journal that you carry with you and/or in an electronic teaching portfolio such as myEPORTFOLIO.

Take a look at How can I use feedback to improve my teaching? for an introduction to reflecting on teaching practice.


One way in which you might meet the criteria for satisfactory performance in the design and planning of courses/programmes is by gathering feedback on your teaching, reflecting on that feedback and making appropriate changes to your teaching.

  • What types of feedback have you gathered for your teaching?
  • Which feedback have you found most useful? Why is some feedback more useful than others?
  • Your critical thoughts on past feedback can guide you as you work through the feedback section in this teaching activity area.
  • You may want to start an ePortfolio record to keep track of changes that you make to evaluating your teaching practice.
Merit might be achieved through innovation in curriculum and course design and/or by membership of curriculum review committees.

Taking it further

The links below will take you to University of Auckland staff pages related to quality assurance and gathering feedback from students.

The  University of Auckland Teaching and Learning Quality Assurance
On this page you will find information related to the quality assurance, planning, reporting and review of teaching and learning at The University of Auckland.

The  University of Auckland Student Evaluation of Courses and Teaching
On this page you will find the student evaluation of courses and teaching policy.

 The  University of Auckland Student Survey Policy and Plan
An ongoing cycle of University-wide surveys of student opinion has been implemented to provide feedback concerning teaching and learning, research and supervision, resources, and services and facilities. The results from the surveys are used as an opportunity to identify areas requiring attention and to disseminate best practice across the University.On this page you will find the student evaluation of courses and teaching policy.

If you want to go further with gathering feedback then please visit the Evaluation of Practice and Continuing Professional Development section of this website.  

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How can I gather feedback and act on what I find?

“A teaching philosophy can help you to reflect on how and why you teach. If you don’t have a teaching philosophy, you might want to consider writing one. You can take a look at What makes a good teacher? to get started. If you already have a teaching philosophy, you might want to reflect on how the work that you are doing here fits with that philosophy”.