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Tampere University Student's Handbook

Course feedback

In order to develop degree education, feedback from students is actively collected at different phases of university studies. Course feedback is part of the education feedback system and is collected throughout your studies. At the Tampere University the course feedback is collected using the Course Feedback System (Norppa). Six universal questions have been created in the system, which are asked on all feedback forms. In addition, teachers can add their own course-specific questions to the feedback form. In accordance with the decision of the Vice President of Education, the universal questions in the system are:

  • Which aspects of the course went well in terms of your learning? (open)

  • How would you develop the course? (open)

  • In your opinion, how well did you achieve the learning outcomes of the course?
    (1= sufficiently, 2= satisfactorily, 3= well, 4= very well, 5= excellently, n/a= cannot answer)

  • Assess the work amount of the course in relation to the credits (approx. 27 h/credit).
    (too heavy - somewhat too heavy - appropriate - somewhat too light - too light)

  • I think that non-discrimination and equality were achieved in the teaching situations (e.g. lectures) of the course.
    (strongly disagree, disagree, neither agree nor disagree, agree, strongly agree)

  • Give the course an overall assessment.
    (1= sufficient, 2= satisfactory, 3= good, 4= very good, 5= excellent, n/a= cannot answer)

Providing feedback is voluntary at the Tampere University. If feedback is a prerequisite for completing the course (e.g. in part of medical studies), it must be described in the curriculum. Although giving feedback is voluntary at the Tampere University, the university encourages students to give feedback and teachers to respond to student feedback. By giving feedback, students have the opportunity to influence the content of studies, teaching and the development of education. Feedback enables teachers to develop their own courses and teaching tools.

Your feedback is anonymous and cannot be linked to you unless you provide information that identifies you. Offensive or otherwise inappropriate  feedback is neither appropriate nor permitted. If feedback is inappropriate, the person providing the feedback may be identified by the system administrators.

Course feedback is processed mainly by the teachers responsible for the course. Feedback is also processed by the planning groups of degree and doctoral programmes as well as various events related to the development of studies, many of which include student representation. The processing of feedback varies between faculties and degree programmes.


How does the course feedback system work?

The feedback forms are automatically activated according to Sisu's teaching information. The feedback form is opened on the day of the end of the course and will remain open for two weeks, unless the teacher changes the opening period of the feedback form. By default, the feedback form has the university's universal questions, but teachers can add their own questions if they wish.

You will receive an email when the feedback period has started. Please note that only students who are registered and accepted in Sisu will receive the messages and be able to provide feedback. The notification message will contain a link to the feedback form. You can also edit your feedback as long the feedback form is open.

The system will remind you to give feedback before the feedback period ends, if you have not yet given feedback. Remember to give your feedback in time, as once the feedback form is closed, it cannot be reopened.

If the teacher wants to collect feedback from students during the course, he/she can open a so-called continuous feedback in Norppa (the functionality is not enabled by default). When the continuous feedback is open, you can leave feedback in Norppa during the course implementation and the teacher can also respond to the feedback you provide.

You can see the feedback surveys, the feedback you have given, the feedback summaries and any counter-feedback from the teacher in Norppa. In Norppa, the teacher has the option to open open feedback to the students, so you may also see open feedback in the feedback summaries. Any feedback from the teacher (common counter feedback for all students in the implementation) will be sent to your email.


Published: 28.6.2022
Updated: 28.8.2023