Let your instructors know how they’re doing
It's SRI time
Make sure your voice is represented. As the end of the term approaches, students should watch for notifications that the UM Student Reflection of Instruction (SRI) process is about to begin. The UM SRI provides students with opportunities to reflect on their courses and offer feedback to instructors on identified teaching priorities.
“SRI is beneficial for students, faculties and instructors,” says Laurie Schnarr, Vice-Provost (Students). “By participating in this process, students are actively shaping their learning journey and contributing in meaningful ways to the educational experience at UM.”
Why it matters
Your input can help improve teaching and learning at UM. The UM SRI is an opportunity to highlight your preferred methods of learning, give input on course materials and provide instructors with feedback on their teaching and course design.
“Feedback from our students is important; it provides instructors and academic administrators with the ability to further enhance the learning experience for everyone,” says Mark Torchia, Vice-Provost (Teaching and Learning). “The SRIs contribute to your instructor’s ability to identify areas of strength and areas to inform course development and teaching practice.”
It takes 15 minutes or less to share your perspectives about the course, syllabus, and instructor. If you have a question about the SRI, you can reach out to your instructor.
UM SRI opens eight days before the term ends. You will receive an email with a survey link for each course you are enrolled in, directing you to the course evaluation form (log-in required).
Or simply click ‘UM SRI (Course Evaluations)’ on the UM Learn homepage and locate your course.
Giving meaningful feedback
Constructive feedback is important. Here is some information and some tips to ensure that your feedback helps improve the quality of teaching at UM.
- The results are used as one component of a multi-faceted approach to the evaluation of teaching and learning, therefore, they contribute to your instructor’s ability to collect feedback for their own professional development.
- Please be aware of any biases you may hold and ensure that your comments are respectful and considerate of the diversity of our campus community. For example, feedback related to instructor identity or areas of race, gender, religion, ability, sexual orientation and/or ethnicity is not appropriate. The UM has a Respectful Work and Learning Environment Policy that all members of the UM community must abide by.
- The most helpful feedback is actionable, thoughtful, and concrete. Focus on your experiences with term work, course resources, and other instructional materials and not on personal characteristics such as the course instructor’s appearance or speaking style.
If you have a question about the survey, email SRI [at] umanitoba [dot] ca.