All the major student feedback forms and surveys available at Aalto
Hearing the voice of students is important for the development of teaching and training as well as for quality assurance and for improving study-related services. Feedback is used on multiple levels in many ways and its utilisation is a special area of focus at Aalto. Student guilds and organisations are also interested in and benefit from feedback and surveys.
This page contains a compilation of the descriptions of the student feedback collected at Aalto. It also offers general information about how to give feedback and how to put it to use.
Thank you for your interest!
During the time of studies you will be solicited for many kinds of feedback. After orientation, new students will be asked to complete an orientation feedback questionnaire. In every course you take, you will be asked for course feedback.
The national Finnish Bachelor's Graduate Survey, for its part, gauges the satisfaction level of graduating Bachelor’s students with Aalto and other universities as well as their experiences how well the studies have gone. When you graduate with a Master’s degree, we ask you to fill in the TEK and the Finnish Business School Graduates questionnaire to hear your views concerning the degree and how well studies have gone and also to hear about your work. The career-tracking survey is a questionnaire that yields valuable data on how graduates are faring in the workplace.
As a student, you have the right to ask for feedback from your teacher when you would like to know how to get better results. You can for example ask for advice how you could have gotten a better grade. It is also important that you give feedback to the teachers by answering the questionnaires and sharing your experiences. Some courses have organized student agents who can gather information from students and bring it to the teacher during the course. Consequently, the teacher has a possibility to make changes during the course. With the help of the feedback, we can develop teaching and teaching environment.
Within one month, you will get personal feedback to your email address. The feedback will give you tips for personal development in following areas:
- your learning style and study strategies
- your self-efficacy and commitment
- do you see teaching well planned and aligned, interesting
- do you get enough feedback to support you studies
- do you get support from your peers
- how to deal with difficulties: procrastinating or re-evaluing the situation?
- are you able to be kind to yourself in stressful situations
You will get ideas of the feedback of yours strengths and developmental areas. You will also get tips where you find support for your personal development. Your feedback is confidential, but you can show it to your academic tutor or study coordinator if you wish to talk about it. You can also show it to study psychologist. The study psychologist team is organizing workshops about study skills, stress handling and dealing with difficult emotions.
The summaries of the results regarding each programme will be delivered to the Programme Managers. Together with the course feedback the results will be used for developing the programmes.
The main student surveys that you should respond to during your studies
Course feedback is automatically collected at the end of the course at all schools in Aalto University. In addition, the teacher can collect course feedback during the course. As a student, you can answer feedback surveys in MyCourses. You will receive a reminder to reply to your email. Course feedback is vital for the development of teaching and courses, so please remember to tell the teacher the strengths and your suggestions for development. The feedback is also used in tenure track evaluations to support the career development of teaching staff.
You can see a summary of your current feedback surveys under the Course feedback tab in the MyCourses top bar. There you will find both surveys waiting for your response and surveys for which teachers have published the results (only multiple-choice questions are published) as well as teacher´s response to your feedback. From the black course feedback button in the course workspace (next to the syllabus button) you can see the feedback survey(s) for that course, where, in addition to the information mentioned above, you can see if you haven't answered an expired survey.
The end-of-course survey opens for students to answer one week before the end of the course and closes one week after the end of the course, unless the teacher has extended the answer time. The final survey consists of questions common to all Aalto University courses, school-specific questions and possible questions added by the teacher.
Answering the survey starts with language selection. If the teacher has not translated the question into all languages (Finnish, Swedish, English), you may see questions in different languages on the survey compared to the language you chose at the beginning of the survey. The question is displayed in the language in which the question was made. If the question is in two languages, the language that comes first in the order "English, Finnish, Swedish" is displayed. Make sure to answer to the open questions in a language the teacher understands.
You can only answer a survey once, and you cannot edit your answer afterwards. When you give course feedback, your name is saved in the respondent list. In this way, the teacher can reward students for giving feedback (e.g. with course points). However, the teacher cannot connect your name and the feedback you give.
If less than 5 students have answered the survey, the course teacher will not see the feedback in MyCourses. The teacher can publish the results of the multiple-choice questions to the survey respondents and respond to the feedback they receive. In addition to the teachers of the course, the management of the university and the school in question can view summaries of course feedback through reporting tools. Summaries are also delivered to the management of the university andschools twice a year.
Please remember that personal information, for example, health status are never collected through course feedback. Please do not write detailed, personal, sensitive things in the feedback. You should use other, more personal channels to communicate them.
More information: Course feedback in Aalto University | Aalto University
For support: [email protected]
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This survey concerns how students are faring with their studies in their second and fourth year. The survey will be carried for the first time in 2017. About one month after filling in the questionnaire, students will receive reciprocal feedback, followed by campus events where they can discuss it. Degree programme directors will also be informed of the questionnaire results. The questionnaire consists of parts taken from the HowULearn survey of the University of Helsinki and rounded off with supplementary questions.
For more information, see: https://into.aalto.fi/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=24317460
The Finnish Bachelor’s Graduate Survey is a national student feedback survey. The objective of the questionnaire is to yield information on teaching and learning in different disciplines, and to form as specific an idea as possible of students’ experiences and opinions of teaching and learning.
The survey is based on the HowULearn survey and the questions in the questionnaire are based on research on academic teaching and learning. There are no right or wrong answers. The results will only be examined statistically at the group level. Therefore, the information gathered on individual students will not be monitored or reported.
At the end of the survey there are some questions that were formulated together with the trade unions affiliated with your field of study. We hope that you will respond to these questions as well. The responses you give to these questions will be sent to the unions.
Responsibility for development and implementation of the questionnaire lies with Universities Finland UNIFI.
Aalto University will use the results of the survey to develop its operations. As of 2015, the Ministry of Education and Culture distributes annually 3% (approx. €50 million) of its university core funding based on this student feedback survey.
More information: https://kandipalaute.fi/fi (In Finnish)
Contact address: [email protected]
You can respond to the surveys through this page: https://www.aalto.fi/en/applications-instructions-and-guidelines/feedback-surveys-for-students-graduating-with-masters-degree
Feedback survey of new graduates
Since 2011, Finnish universities and Academic Engineers and Architects in Finland (TEK) have conducted a survey of newly graduated Masters of Science in technology and architecture. The survey encompasses all Finnish university units that provide education in the technology field, reaching almost every recent graduate with an MSc (Tech) or architecture degree. The survey has yielded reliable comparative information about the quality of education in Finnish universities of technology.
The survey is also an inventory of the skill levels of those who will shape tomorrow’s world. It also tells about how well the study system is running, the experiences of alumni in the workplace, the current employment situation and the general level of satisfaction with the degrees alumni have completed. Survey results are put to use in TEK activities in a number of ways, for example, they are factored into education policies and the development of member services (incl. career advice and consultation on salary levels). The universities use the results in developing results-based indicators that are applied to the work of designing the curriculum and evaluating the quality of teaching.
For more on the survey, see: https://www.tek.fi/fi/uutishuone/tutkimukset/vastavalmistuneiden-palautekysely (in Finnish)
Contact person: TEK analyst Arttu Piri
Feedback survey for MSc (Econ & Bus Admin) graduates
Aalto University School of Business and the Finnish Business School Graduates organisation gather feedback on study and employment matters from the graduating business students. The responses are handled confidentially and cannot be linked to individual respondents. The feedback given is used to assess university operations and development and to follow the employment rates and salary levels of graduates.
A summary of survey results is available (in Finnish) from the Finnish Business School Graduates website: http://www.ekonomit.fi/vastavalmistuneiden-palaute
Additional information: Tanja Nurmi ([email protected])
Information on the careers of Masters and Doctoral graduates is monitored by universities in collaboration with the national career and recruitment services network Aarresaari. The monitoring has been conducted for ten years with the participation of almost every university in Finland. Master's and Bachelor’s degree alumni are surveyed five years after graduation, while the career placement of Doctoral alumni is reviewed two to three years after graduation.
The goal of the career tracking survey is to generate comprehensive data on the quality of employment of university graduates and on how well an academic education corresponds to the needs of the workplace. The results are used in the planning of teaching, in guidance work and in educational development.
For more information, see: https://www.aarresaari.net/career_monitoring
Feedback from Aalto students going on exchange or internship abroad is collected through application surveys, evaluation survey (BIZ) and exchange reports.
Exchange reports can be found through the databases (Reports tab):
- Destination Database for the School of Arts, Design and Architecture
- Destination Database for the School of Business
- Destination Database for the schools of technology (CHEM, ELEC, ENG, SCI)
Instructions for writing the report: After the exchange | Aalto University
More information about exchange studies: Exchange destinations | Aalto University
Students participating in Erasmus exchange or internship are required to fill out an EU Survey after the exchange. This is an electronic feedback form that is sent automatically by the European Commission to all Erasmus students after their mobility period.
Summary of the student feedback surveys
|Review of results
|Quality of courses, workload, satisfaction, assesment of the course, motivation etc.
Study wellbeing questionnaire (2017->)
2. year B.SC students and 1. year M.Sc students
Well-being mapping: stress, self-efficiency, teaching arrangements etc.
The student will get personal feedback (and tips for personal development) after filling the questionnaire.
|The Finnish Bachelor’s Graduate Survey (Kandipalaute)
|Bachelor level graduates at all Finnish Universities
|Quality of Bachelor level education at Finnish Universities (has an effect on U funding)
|M.Sc. students at graduation
|1) Quality of education 2) Placement at graduation 3) Salary
|Aarresaari Survey for M.Sc graduates
|M.Sc. 5 years after graduation
|1) Employment quality and meaninfullness
2) Career development
3) Satisfaction on the degree
|Aarresaari Survey for Doctoral graduates
|3 years after graduation
|1) Employment quality and meaninfullness
2) Career development
3) Satisfaction on the degree
|BIZ Placement Survey
|M.Sc. students 1 year after graduation
|1) Placement at graduation
2) Satisfaction on the degree
3) Student career guidance
|BSc / MSc / exchange students
|New students after orientation
|Incoming exchange students: Orientation and Arrival Survey
|Arrival services: - pre-arrival information packages - information during orientation etc.
|Outgoing exchange students: - Exchange report - EU-Survey
|Outgoing exchange students: Exchange application survey (ARTS&TECH, BIZ)
|Outgoing exchange students
|Gathering information and feedback on the Aalto exchange application rounds
|BIZ evaluation survey
|Outgoing exchange students
|Gathering information and feedback on the exchange experience, destination university etc.
|Incoming exchange student feedback survey
Student experience (services, housing, academic aspects)
|National Finnish Student Health and Wellbeing Survey (Korkeakouluopiskelijoiden terveys- ja hyvinvointitutkimus, KOTT)
|Sample of degree students
|Produces comprehensive and regular data (every four years) on the welfare of students nationally.
|The survey is conducted by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL). The results are discussed at the university level.
See also the public results in http://thl.fi/kott
|International student barometer (ISB)
|The international ISB survey is focused to the expectations and view of international students
|Used on university level for improving the experiences of international students. Aalto last participated in 2022. The survey is conducted by i-graduate. See also: International Student Barometer (ISB) | Aalto University
|OTUS Student Barometer
|OTUS Student Barometer is a survey which is used in work to develop student wellbeing, student activities, the quality of teaching, higher education internships, studies and reports on working life and living, and educational institutions, among other things.
|Student Barometer is conducted by the Research Foundation for Studies and Education Otus. The survey is conducted nationally every three years (last times 2016, 2019, 2022).