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Matuga, Julia M.; Turos, Jessica M. – New Directions for Teaching and Learning, 2018
This chapter describes essential components of an all-in-one assessment system used for learning outcomes assessment. The recent review, revision, and implementation of a new general education program led to important illustrations of how this assessment system contributes to course, program, and institutional alignment, access, action, and…
Descriptors: Evidence Based Practice, Data, Outcome Measures, Evaluation Methods
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Kirby, Lauren A. J.; Busler, Jessica N.; Keeley, Jared W.; Buskist, William – New Directions for Teaching and Learning, 2018
We summarize the history of the development of the Teacher Behavior Checklist and review examples of its utility for studying excellence in teaching across cultures and contexts.
Descriptors: Teacher Behavior, Check Lists, Educational History, Educational Development
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Wehlburg, Catherine M. – New Directions for Teaching and Learning, 2010
Assessing learning in higher education can be a very difficult task. There are some differences, however, when assessing for accountability to others and assessing for transformation. These distinctions are embedded in our historical understanding of teaching and learning. This article describes how over time, higher education has viewed…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Accountability, Instructional Effectiveness, Evaluation Methods
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Rhodes, Terry – New Directions for Teaching and Learning, 2010
There is mounting evidence from faculty and employers that a broad set of skills and abilities are essential for student success as graduates, citizens, and employees. The traditional approach to general education with an emphasis on exposure to a menu of knowledge no longer suffices. Graduates need to be able to integrate their learning, apply it…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Role of Education, Relevance (Education), Campuses
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Qualters, Donna M. – New Directions for Teaching and Learning, 2010
Assessment of student learning is the systematic gathering of information about student learning and the factors that affect learning, undertaken with the resources, time and expertise available, for the purpose of improving learning. In assessment, there are no conclusions, just ongoing questions that the data raise about learning and the process…
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Higher Education, Student Evaluation, Evaluation Methods
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Wehlburg, Catherine M. – New Directions for Teaching and Learning, 2010
Assessing general education is not that different from assessing any other type of academic program, but there are some distinctions that make it even more challenging than other types of assessment. This article addresses methods for working with nondepartmentally based and interdisciplinary areas within general education, providing some examples…
Descriptors: General Education, Program Effectiveness, Interdisciplinary Approach, Evaluation Methods
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Pennee, Donna Palmateer – New Directions for Teaching and Learning, 2007
How does one develop and deliver the integrated core of a cross-disciplinary arts and sciences undergraduate degree when the degree program has no departmental or college home and no full-time faculty, but plenty of enthusiastic students who are looking for a unique educational experience? This article outlines how a formalized curriculum…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Faculty Evaluation, College Administration, Program Effectiveness
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Wolf, Peter – New Directions for Teaching and Learning, 2007
In the fall of 2003, Teaching Support Services (TSS), a department at the University of Guelph, was approached by a faculty member in the department of food sciences. Professor Art Hill was interested in seeking support in systematically assessing the department's undergraduate curriculum and using that assessment to trigger further improvement of…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Undergraduate Study, Program Effectiveness, College Faculty
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Weaver, Barbara E.; Nilson, Linda B. – New Directions for Teaching and Learning, 2005
This chapter describes Clemson University's Laptop Faculty Development Program and its assessment, offering the program as one model for designing faculty development to successfully implement laptop mandates. The chapter also acquaints readers with the many types of in-class, laptop-based activities that meet best-practice criteria for effective…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Teacher Effectiveness, Computer Uses in Education, Computers
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Svinicki, Marilla D. – New Directions for Teaching and Learning, 2004
The new learning paradigm brings with it the need for a change in assessment practices as well. In this chapter, one of the assessment practices that is most consistent with this paradigm, authentic assessment, is discussed.
Descriptors: Models, Performance Based Assessment, Student Evaluation, Evaluation Methods
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White, Carmel Parker – New Directions for Teaching and Learning, 2004
Student portfolios are an alternative authentic assessment method that invites active student learning and provides an opportunity for instructors to tailor assessment strategies based on student-learning outcomes.
Descriptors: Portfolios (Background Materials), Performance Based Assessment, Student Evaluation, Portfolio Assessment
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Simpson, Nancy J. – New Directions for Teaching and Learning, 2004
Sometimes a radical shift in assessment procedures may uncover a whole new set of objectives that neither the students nor the instructor expected. Such an experience is described in the context of freshman mathematics. (Contains 1 table.)
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Alternative Assessment, Mathematics Instruction, College Freshmen
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Sorenson, D. Lynn; Reiner, Christian – New Directions for Teaching and Learning, 2003
Are online student ratings the "wave of the future"? This chapter introduces numerous advantages and challenges of adopting an online system for student evaluation of teaching; in it, the authors preview the research of the other authors of this volume and suggest areas that universities can investigate when determining the desirability of…
Descriptors: Online Systems, Teacher Evaluation, Student Evaluation of Teacher Performance, Evaluation Methods
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Hoffman, Kevin M. – New Directions for Teaching and Learning, 2003
Many U.S. institutions of higher education are initiating and expanding the use of the Internet for collecting and reporting student ratings of instruction. The primary objective of this study was to better understand the effects of the Internet on student ratings of instruction in higher education. More specifically, data were collected to…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Course Evaluation, Online Courses, Student Evaluation of Teacher Performance
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Llewellyn, Donna C. – New Directions for Teaching and Learning, 2003
With the introduction of online course surveys comes the related issue of reporting survey results. This article is based on the experiences of Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta (Georgia Tech), a large, Doctoral/Research-Extensive institution where all end-of-term course surveys have been online since the fall semester of 1999. This…
Descriptors: Student Surveys, Online Courses, Computer Assisted Testing, Course Evaluation
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