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Questions regarding the TU student survey

Here you can find some questions and answers regarding the student survey.

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Frequently asked questions

All students who are enrolled in a Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree or a teacher training course at TU Darmstadt and who are eligible to take exams are invited to take part in the survey. Generally, students that are absent for one semester are also eligible to take exams.

Exchange students are not invited to the survey.

The next comprehensive TU student survey will take place in the summer semester of 2021.

To express your opinion

Are you dissatisfied with your current study conditions or would you like to change something? Take this opportunity to give feedback on your study situation or share your ideas about the potential for development of the courses of study and the service facilities.

To actively participate in the quality assurance

The higher the level of participation the more representative the results. Every opinion counts. Data analysis for individual departments and courses of study can only be carried out if there is a sufficient number of students taking part in the survey.

To help improvement

The results will be used for further development of study and teaching, as well as study conditions.

All students are invited to participate in the online survey by e-mail. The content of the mail is an invitation text, a link to the questionnaire, which contains an individual transaction number (TAN), which is randomly generated and valid only once.

Both the link and the TAN will be sent to all students to their student e-mail address. In case you have set up a forward rule the email will be sent to this address.

In case you have lost your TAN, you can request a new one. This is only possible with a valid student TU ID.

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With the randomly generated TAN you can participate in the online survey safely and anonymously. This process is similar to the TAN process often deployed in online banking and makes sure every student of the TU Darmstadt can take part in the student survey only once. Afterwards, the TAN is invalid.

Buffering the data you have already input is always possible. By entering the transaction number (TAN) the online questionnaire can be resumed from where you stopped before.

The five-tier scale ranging from “Applies – Does not apply”, “Very good – Very bad”, “Very useful – Not useful at all” or “Highly satisfied – Not at all satisfied” corresponds to the standard of questionnaire design of the TU Darmstadt. For the purpose of a clearer presentation on the university level, the scale marks 1&2 as well as 4&5 have been merged within the university-wide result report. The finer classification (scale marks 1-5) is particularly productive for the results concerning the departments and fields of studies.

There is the opportunity to specify statements and answers in the form of free fields in many sections of the student survey. In order to give the students the opportunity to respond dedicatedly, some of the questions were formulated in a general way. The request for a commentary function has been voiced repeatedly. The possibility to make open comments was extended in the new questionnaire.

All university-wide results are available to the university public (with TU ID) in the download area.

Together with the reports, recommendations for action on how to deal with the results were sent out, which recommend, among other things, that the departments communicate the results to the students.

This can be done, for example, through departmental committees or workshops on selected topics with Student Representatives or a selection of interested students.

The contact person for students interested in the results at their department is the respective Vice Chairperson, Academic Affairs.

After the survey has been completed, all departments and study areas will receive their results in the form of reports. The contact person for interested parties is the Vice Chairperson, Academic Affairs of the respective department.

The university (e.g. departments, student representatives) also has the option of requesting special analyses from the HDA on various topics.

During the whole process, data protection is our first priority! The appointed data protection officer of the TU Darmstadt, Gerhard Schmitt, is a member of the project’s Steering Committee and advises on the project. The individual transaction number (TAN) is randomly generated by the system and cannot be linked with a person.

The data is available to the project members only in an anonymous form and will be deleted once the data analysis and reporting are completed. If participation numbers are too low to ensure anonymity, the data will be deleted. For example, this might be the case for courses of study which have only a small number of students enrolled.

The raw data is only accessible to the staff members entrusted with the project.

No raw data is passed onto the central services of the TU Darmstadt, departments and/or fields of study. They can request specific analysis from the Center for Educational Development and Technology (Hochschuldidaktische Arbeitsstelle – HDA) if required.

The data is analysed exclusively by the HDA with the help of the statistical programme SPSS. The data sets are not released and are only stored anonymously.

The university (e.g. departments, student representatives) also has the option of requesting special analyses from the HDA on various topics.

The report at university level will be made accessible online to everyone. Basic univariate analysis of the standardized part of the survey can be viewed online by entering a valid TU ID. Please note this does not include the answers to open-ended questions.

Prof. Dr. Heribert Warzecha (Vice President, Academic Affairs and Diversity), along with the Directorate IID.

The project is jointly conducted by the Center for Educational Development and Technology (Hochschuldidaktische Arbeitsstelle – HDA), the university management, Directorate IC – Quality Management and Directorate IID – Academic Programmes & Quality Assurance. The HDA is responsible for the conception and implementation. The survey was technically implemented with EvaSys Automation Software.

The survey is financed by the Innovation and Structural Development Budget – Academic Programme Curriculum (Innovations- und Strukturentwicklungsbudget – Studienstrukturprogramme) of the Hessen State Ministry for Higher Education, Research and the Arts (Hessisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst) and university means for quality assurance of study and teaching (QSL Mittel).