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In addition to the formal teaching evaluations completed by students at the end of the quarter, there are numerous ways to gather feedback from your students and your peers about the course.
DePaul End-of-Quarter Teaching Evaluations (Student Ratings)
- DePaul guidelines for using responses to teaching evaluation questions
- Common questions for teaching evaluations at DePaul
DePaul Online Teaching Evaluations
- Find out about DePaul's Online Teaching Evaluations and watch video tutorials on how to customize them and interpret the reports.
Gathering Feedback Before the Quarter Ends
Gathering feedback throughout the quarter helps us understand what is and is not working in our courses. It allows us to validate strategies we are already implementing and to identify issues before they become problems.
- Vanderbilt's Center for Teaching has excellent resources on different methods for gathering in-class feedback, including sample feedback forms you can download and use in your classroom.
- Barbara Gross Davis from the University of California-Berkeley has published a free online chapter on fast feedback from her book Tools for Teaching.
- Find instructions on creating surveys on D2L or Quickdata to gather student feedback. You can gather information at mid-quarter (or at several points throughout the quarter) to track improvement. Consider providing an incentive for students to complete the survey.
- Small Group Instructional Diagnosis (SGID) is an established process for gathering feedback from your students about what is working in your class and ways the class could be changed to improve their learning. Miami University (Ohio) offers an excellent description of the SGID process. You can contact your department or program chair to learn if there is already a SGID process in place. Contact TLA if your department is interested in starting a SGID program.
- Peer evaluation of teaching can also offer you important insights and ideas.
- DePaul's Department of Anthropology offers their parameters for peer teaching consultation.
- Peer review of teaching from North Carolina State has an exhaustive resource for approaching peer evaluations, including types of peer reviews and effective review practics.
Getting teaching feedback from UC-Berkeley. Includes ideas for how to solicit student opinions about a course including interviews, note cards, and traditional surveys.
Making Sense of Student Evaluation Feedback from Vanderbilt University. Things to consider when reading student evaluations and how to incorporate the feedback into future course planning.
Enquiry based learning planner from the University of Glouchestershire provides a tool that can be used to aid self-reflection on existing courses and modules.