ACU Unitpulse is an online formative evaluation instrument that allows lecturers to gauge student sentiment, understanding and progress in order to drive student success. The immediate (live) feedback received from students enables lecturers to make timely adjustments if needed and address student concerns and affirm good practice.
Lecturers can post a range of question types (Likert scale, rating, choice and text) to collect feedback from students during a study period. See the ACU Unitpulse webpage for more information on questions. Students can respond anonymously to questions, allowing one-on-one communication between a lecturer and a student, even though the tool does not reveal any details of students. Lecturers have the option of making students’ responses visible so that they too can see what other students are thinking.
ACU Unitpulse also lets students submit one piece of confidential feedback per unit in each 24-hour period, and lecturers can respond directly to the student.
Evidence of the student responses collected using the ACU Unitpulse tool are able to be exported as an Excel spreadsheet and/or PDF File.
The benefits of using ACU Unitpulse is the ease with which staff can create a range of questions and collect anonymous, formative feedback from students. The data collected provides lecturers with the information they need to make timely adjustments to the unit is needed.
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