Scientific teaching is at it's core an evidence-based pedagogical approach. Consulting education literature to determine which teaching strategies to use and gathering evidence to determine how well those strategies work in your classroom are critical steps when developing effective learning environments. This workshop explores various types of data that instructors can gather to evaluate student learning in order to facilitate the development of course evaluation plans by participants.
Participants will be able to:
- Determine sources of evidence to measure student learning and/or teaching effectiveness
- Identify potential metrics and develop a plan for evaluating instructional practices their classes
- Scholarly teaching
- Qualitative data
- Quantitative data
- Concept inventories
- Perception surveys
- Normalized learning gains
Active Learning/Formative Assessment Strategies
- Small group discussion/breakout rooms
- Whole class discussion
- Development and assessment of instructional plans
Are your students learning what you want them to learn? How do you know? In preparation for this workshop, think about these three questions: 1) What knowledge do you want your students to gain from your class? 2) What types of skills (e.g. life skills, learning skills, technical skills) would you like students to acquire? and 3) What affective or behavioral changes would you like to see your students exhibit (e.g. improved critical thinking, increased confidence or enthusiasm for your discipline, identifying as a professional in your area, becoming a more civically engaged citizen) at the end of your course? We will explore different types of data that we can collect in all types of teaching environments to help us evaluate changes in pedagogy and to inform iterative rounds of course revisions.
- Course Evaluation Plan development: Visit the Course Evaluation Plan Google folder then go to the folder for your institution.
- Make a copy of the Course Evaluation Plan template, name it as yours and respond to the prompts to develop your course evaluation plan.
- While you can revisit your plan in the Google folder at any time, I would recommend that you also download a copy for easy access when you are ready to implement.
- One website that you may find useful to find available assessments is FLAG (Field-tested Learning Assessment Guide).