Student Appraisal of Teaching (SAT) and Early Course Check-In (ECC)

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Student feedback is an essential component of our continuous improvement process.

Student Feedback, Quality Engagement, Conestoga College 

Conestoga College is committed to continuous improvement processes for teaching. The Student Appraisal of Teaching (SAT) and Early Course Check-In (ECC) provide faculty with student feedback for continuous improvement.

Student Appraisal of Teaching

The SAT is a survey process used for obtaining feedback from students to enhance the performance of teaching at Conestoga. The Full-SAT was developed in 2014 as part of a multi-college Ministry-funded project. There are standard questions as well as an open-ended comment box. The survey is administered electronically (by email) before the course ends. Faculty access the SAT results for their course after the course ends (using a dashboard called Blue. A link will be emailed to faculty).

Chairs decide which courses will receive SAT surveys. Not all courses are surveyed each term. Read more about the Student Appraisal of Teaching Procedure.

SAT Survey Instructional Video

Early Course Check-In

The ECC is a short version of the full SAT form and is normally delivered in Week 5. Feedback from the ECC, which is administered in the first half of the semester, enables you to gain insight into students’ experiences and make any adjustments for the remainder of the course. 

  • the ECC may be delivered to a course in any mode: in-person, hybrid, or asynchronous.
  • There are several personalization options, allowing you to gauge perceptions for your class over time in areas that interest you.
  • Students receive an invitation by email and in eConestoga to complete the ECC.

Taking Action Guide

Early Course Check-In – Taking Action describes each ECC item, and provides a variety of tips, questions, and resources that can help to improve your scores and your students’ experience in your course.

Download the Taking Action guide and reflect on how much you use the information and suggestions presented. Resources are provided for each item for more ideas.

Elan Paulson

Elan Paulson, PhD, has been an educator in Ontario's higher education system since 2004. Before joining Conestoga as a Teaching and Learning Consultant, Elan was on the executive team at eCampusOntario. She previously served as Program Director and as an instructor in professional education programs at Western University's Faculty of Education. With a Master's in Educational Technology, Elan specializes in technology-enabled and collaborative learning to support diverse learners. She has also conducted research on faculty participation in communities of practice for professional learning and self-care.

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