Evaluation of Teaching

The articles and links in this section provide information about multiple methods for collecting data on teaching effectiveness. The overview includes articles and links with advice for best practices in teaching evaluation and examples of comprehensive systems of evaluation. The section on student ratings and midterm student feedback includes summaries of the extensive body of research on this topic, including tips for best practices in the administration and interpretation of ratings. The last section on peer review includes a method for sound classroom observation as well as discussion of reviewing course materials. Finally, CRLT has numerous books and articles on evaluation, and we are available to consult with administrators and executive committees as they develop or revise their approaches.


Guidelines for Evaluating Teaching

Methods of Evaluating Teaching
An overview of teaching evaluation that includes basic principles of best practice as well as a description of multiple methods and data sources for evaluation.

How to Evaluate Teaching (Felder and Brent, 2004)
This article offers a brief outline of a process for obtaining a comprehensive evaluation of the quality of a faculty member's teaching using multiple sources of data.

IDEA Paper #36: Appraising Teaching Effectiveness: Beyond Student Ratings (Donald P. Hoyt and William H. Pallett, 1999, IDEA Center)
This paper describes direct and indirect benefits of several sources for evaluating teaching effectiveness, including ratings from students, colleagues, and the department chair. It also details specific schedules for evaluating different types of teachers, such as first year faculty, non-tenured, and tenured (see p. 6). Evaluation and report templates are found in the appendices.

Obtaining and Giving Feedback to GSIs (from CRLT Handbook on Departmental GSI Training)
This resource discusses several ways faculty coordinators can provide GSIs with feedback on their teaching, both for improvement and for personnel decisions. Methods include student feedback, self evaluation, peer observation, viewing a videotape of your teaching, and consultation with a CRLT staff member.

Student Ratings and Midterm Student Feedback

Summary of Student Ratings Research (Benton & Cashin, 2012, IDEA Center)
A review of the major literature on student ratings from 1971-2010.

Questions Frequently Asked About Student Rating Forms: Summary of Research Findings (CRLT)

U-M Office of the Registrar: Student Ratings 
The Registrar's Office runs the student ratings system. Their website has information on selecting quesitons, a list of key dates for the evaluation process, answers to frequently asked questions, and data on resopnse rates across campus. 

Making Sense of Student Evaluations (Reihman, Lehigh University)
Advice for reacting to your own set of instructor evaluations and using the results to help improve your teaching.

Best practices for using teaching evaluations in personnel decisions

Midterm Student Feedback (MSF)
Description of a CRLT service that allows instructors to collect feedback from students while there is still time in the term to make changes. A CRLT consultant collects the feedback and consults with the instructor about the results.


Peer Review of Teaching

An introduction to peer review of teaching
This resource from Vanderbilt University provides a comprehensive overview of what a peer review of teaching program might entail, as well as a discussion of the advantages and weaknesses to this approach for evaluating teaching.

A Protocol for Peer Review of Teaching (Brent and Felder, 2004)
An outline of a system of peer review used at North Carolina State University. The article includes a description of the process and sample ratings forms for classroom observations and peer review of materials.

Where can I get templates for ratings forms to use while observing classes?
This University of Minnesota site offers a wide range of ratings instruments that can be used in peer observations.

Related Items:

Evaluation of Student Learning (Testing, Grading, Feedback)

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning