Assessment of Instruction

The Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Online Education participates in university assessment efforts on many levels. For us, assessment is about reflection in action and measuring performance in the service of continual improvement. Assessment is about getting better, not getting by.

One of the most effective tools to use to improve teaching (and student evaluations) is the Group Instructional Feedback Technique (GIFT). A facilitator asks students:

  • What does your instructor do that helps with your learning?
  • What changes/improvements to the course would promote your learning?
  • What do YOU do that facilitates your learning?
  • What might YOU do to improve your learning?
  • What has been the hardest thing to learn in this course?

To request a GIFT from CETLOE, faculty should email [email protected] and GTAs can email [email protected]

Don’t have time for a GIFT, try adopting Midterm Student Surveys. Click here to go to the Brightspace tutorial and follow the steps for adding the survey questions and activating the survey on iCollege. Consider adding questions that mimic the student SEIs and making the surveys anonymous. Use the information you get from the student surveys to adapt your teaching and course materials to taylor the teaching to the learner need.

If you have any questions you can contact the Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Online Education at [email protected].