Student Learning Experience Surveys (SLEQ)

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HKU conducts institutional surveys on students’ learning experiences for undergraduates and taught postgraduates on a regular basis to yield information for analysis and renewal of curriculum and pedagogy. These analyses help ensure and enhance the quality of students’ learning experiences.

Evidence-based support
for quality assurance and quality enhancement

The survey findings are analysed and fed back to individual Faculties or programmes. Discussions are held with Deans, Associate Deans, programme directors and relevant staff members to address issues arising from the findings for the purpose of curriculum and pedagogy monitoring and renewal. In future surveys students will become more actively involved as they have an integral part to play in jointly constructing the curriculum and the learning.

As a means to gather feedback from major stakeholders and as an essential source for ongoing improvement, the SLEQ feeds into the institutional wide focus reviews, which include but not limited to the themes of internationalisation, experiential learning, Common Core curriculum, and English language enhancement. The survey findings, both quantitative results and qualitative comments, provide valuable data in support of quality assurance and quality enhancement.

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Undergraduates

Each year, all first and final year undergraduate students are invited to complete the Student Learning Experience Questionnaire – Undergraduate (SLEQ – UG). The aim of this survey is to collect data about undergraduate students’ perceptions on the achievement of their educational aims and their learning experience at HKU, with a focus on their experience of the degree curriculum as a whole. SLEQ – UG1 Sample Questionnaire, SLEQ – UGF Sample Questionnaire

In response to Faculties’ request, the SLEQ – UG2 was introduced in April 2014 for administration to second year students under the new 4-year curriculum. SLEQ – UG2 Sample Questionnaire

Postgraduates

At the postgraduate level, the Student Learning Experience Questionnaire − Taught Postgraduate (SLEQ − TPG) seeks students’ perceptions of the curriculum and the learning outcomes resulting from the programme, containing questions that are specific for the taught-postgraduate curricula to cater for the characteristics of taught postgraduate programmes. The collected data are used to provide feedback to enhance the programme quality. SLEQ – TPG Sample Questionnaire

Graduates and Employers

Once every two years, HKU conducts Learning Experience Questionnaire for Graduates (GLEQ) to understand the experiences of graduates during their full-time study of the Bachelor’s degree at HKU. Two different cohorts are invited in each round and the survey findings will be used to inform the University’s curriculum renewal. Surveys are also conducted with HKU graduates’ employers to understand their overall impression on HKU graduates.

Other learning experience questionnaires

In the past, HKU conducted a survey to gather information about HKU entrants’ learning experiences at secondary school and their expectations about the learning that they will experience at HKU. The survey findings helped ensure that we provided a learning environment that would help students realize their intellectual potential.

Other HKU institutional surveys of student learning experiences cover specific areas including eLearning, learning environment, international education, experiential learning, service learning and volunteer work. These are conducted when necessary.

SLEQ in Evidence-Based Practice: Case Studies

The SLEQ gathers open-ended comments about students’ best aspect of their university experience, and suggestions for improvement. This way, students can provide us with more detail about topics that are important to them.

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SLEQ in Higher Education Research

Research in Higher EducationMeasuring longitudinal gains in student learning

Research and Development in Higher EducationA tale of two cohorts: Measuring and understanding the learning experience of the double cohort

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q: Can I fill out the survey on my phone or iPad?

A: Yes. The SLEQ can be filled out using any electronic device.

Q: Are my responses confidential?

A: Yes. Any questions you answer on the SLEQ are kept strictly confidential. The SLEQ takes privacy seriously, and the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance is strictly complied with.

Q: Are there other ways to share feedback?

A: When you take the SLEQ, we encourage you to fill out the open-ended comments section. T&LEMU also conducts focus groups to hear more about student experiences.

Institutional Survey Reports System (ISRS)

The Institutional Survey Reports System was launched on January 17, 2011 to serve as the online platform for Faculties to retrieve institutional survey results from the Student Learning Experience Questionnaire (SLEQ) and other institutional surveys on students’ learning experiences. This System enables Faculties to dynamically generate reports at curriculum, programme, Faculty and institutional levels and to make comparisons across administration years for a user-specified Faculty / curriculum / programme. Standard report templates are also available for downloading results for the scales and the individual items.

The System can be accessed by academic staff and those administrative staff who have been granted access rights. Please follow the path below.

HKU Portal > My Page > Self Service > Teaching & Learning > Institutional Survey Reports

Faculties are also welcome to contact Dr. Maggie Zhao at myzhao @ hku.hk for support in interpreting and utilizing survey data, and Ms. Yvonne Chan at chanyyw @ hku.hk for technical support in using the System.

To download the User Manual, please click here.