ERIC Number: ED217821
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Faculty and Student Views of Information Systems to Improve Course Selection.
Two components in making decisions about selecting courses are examined: course descriptions by instructors and evaluation of instruction by students. Faculty attitudes toward student evaluations in general and their attitudes about evaluations being used for instructional improvement, administrative decisions, and course selection are discussed, based on findings reported in the literature. In addition, a project at the University of Minnesota that incorporates student evaluations of faculty and courses with instructor course descriptions into a system for helping students to select courses is described. The Student Course Information Project (SCIP) was a cooperative enterprise among students, faculty, and administration to provide information for advising students about selecting courses. After a pilot study conducted during spring quarter 1979, SCIP began operating in the academic year 1979-1980. The procedure included collecting information and disseminating it in printed materials. Participating faculty members completed an authorization/identification form and a Course Information Profile (CIP). Specific details about the course included responsibilities of teaching assistants, types of instructional aids used, types and formats of examinations, grading, intended student audience by type of academic program, out-of-class learning activities, and methods of instruction. Students completed Course Opinion Profiles which involved ratings of the instructor, the course, and the student's learning and efforts. Information on students and on the student's use and opinion of the SCIP materials for program planning and course selection were included. Faculty and student views about SCIP are reported. (SW)
Descriptors: Academic Advising, College Faculty, College Students, Course Descriptions, Course Evaluation, Courses, Decision Making, Feedback, Higher Education, Information Dissemination, Information Needs, Instructional Improvement, Program Evaluation, Student Evaluation of Teacher Performance, Student Reaction, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Evaluation
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Student Course Information Project; University of Minnesota
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, March 19-23, 1982).