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Friday 12 April 2024
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HKU conducts institutional surveys on students’ learning experiences for taught postgraduates (SLEQ-TPG) on an annual basis for teaching and learning quality assurance and continuous improvement. All final year taught postgraduate students were invited to participate in the SLEQ-TPG. In 2018-19, a total of 3362 participants responded to the SLEQ-TPG.

Highlights of Findings

  • Overall performance on Achievement of Educational Aims, Teaching and Learning Environment, and Overall Satisfaction has remained consistently positive over the years (Figure 1).
  • In 2018-19, taught postgraduate students rated the highest on Knowledge and Skills developed from their programmes, followed closely by Teacher-Student Relationships, Active Learning, and Relevance to Practice.
  • Open-ended comments were visualised in comparison word clouds together with selected sample comments to show the keywords and ideas most often mentioned by students on “Best Aspects of Programme” and “Suggestions for Programme Improvement” (Figure 2). Taught postgraduates emphasised best aspects such as “teacher”, “knowledge”, “learn”, and “help”.

Detailed results at the institutional, Faculty and curriculum levels are available at the online Institutional Survey Reports System (ISRS). Faculties could generate survey reports at various levels and make comparisons across years. All academic and administrative staff with access rights can directly access the system after logging onto their HKU Portal accounts (HKU Portal > Self Service > Teaching and Learning > Institutional Survey Reports > View Reports). Detailed instructions on using the System are available in the User Manual, downloadable here.

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

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) from the SLEQ-TPG between 2014-15 and 2018-19.
Figure 1. Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) from the SLEQ-TPG between 2014-15 and 2018-19.


Figure 2. Open-ended Comments on Best Aspects of Programme (Blue) and Suggestions for Programme Improvement (Red) in a Comparison Word Cloud and Sample Quotes from Students.