One can assess teaching in a variety of ways including instructor effectiveness, course evaluation, instructional strategies, and course mapping. The type of teaching assessment used depends upon what you are looking to accomplish; when the assessment is carried out; and how the results will be used. The benefits of assessing teaching include:
- Determining whether techniques are having the desired impact on students' learning
- Monitoring whether you're teaching strategies meet learning outcomes
- Identifying challenges your students are having in learning the material
- Improving instruction by making adjustments to teaching practices during the semester.
Types of Teaching Assessments
These are the assessments of specific steps, strategies, innovations, assignments, and/or actions used during the course to engage students in learning. For example, an instructor can assess student learning from a particular activity at any point during the semester. Typically done during the semester to provide instructors useful information to adjust and improve instruction.
At UT, typically completed by students at the end of the semester using the Course Instructor Survey. There are a variety of CIS forms one can use in the classroom depending upon the department, type of course, and survey method used (e.g. electronic or paper). When conducted during the semester using a Mid-semester Course Feedback survey, one can acquire useful information about one’s teaching and Canvas offers a couple versions or instructors can create their own.
These questions are relatively broad in nature, inquiring students overall satisfaction with the course or its content. Similar and sometimes difficult to distinguish from assessment of teaching effectiveness because the questions related to the course evaluation are often embedded within the CIS. When conducted at the end of the semester, its results can assist the instructor in making future decisions about course instruction.
This technique ensures the course learning outcomes are aligned with the course materials (e.g. out-of-class and in-class activities, assignments, exams, etc.). The product is generally a matrix (View example).