ERIC Number: ED443843
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Apr-19
University Student's Assessment of Instruction.
This paper explores ways to improve assessments of college faculty by students and ways to improve instruction in higher education. Each university should develop its own assessment form, drawing heavily on the input of instructors. It is suggested that a committee of students assess the instructor, with the committee identified for accountability purposes. Students should be required to provide evidence or documentation for the reason a certain rating was given for an item on the assessment form. If serious problems are found, the instructor should be assessed more frequently. Additional assessments could come from university colleagues of the instructor. Ways to improve university instruction could include requiring each instructor to submit a teaching plan. Workshops can be held to stress the importance of instruction, and faculty should make specific efforts to attend professional meetings. Other things that can help an instructor improve his or her performance are attending continuing education classes, doing research, and viewing videotapes of one's own instruction. Participating in team teaching, conducting clinical teaching exercises, meeting with department colleagues, and focusing on the community of learners are other steps that should improve the quality of instruction. (SLD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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