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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.
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.
Summary of Student Ratings Research (Benton & Cashin, 2012, IDEA Center)
A review of the major literature on student ratings from 1971-2010.
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.
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.
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.
How do I design a peer review program?
This resource from the University of Wisconsin–Madison teaching Academy aims to help departments design their own, unique, peer review program based on sound fundamental peer review ideas and the needs of the department.
Guidelines for Peer Observation of Teaching
This resource from the University of Minnesota provides an overview of best practices for peer observation of teaching, including the strengths and weaknesses of this approach and best practices for conducting observations.
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.