Student Evaluations of Teaching II: Proactive, Active, and Reactive Strategies | TAPP 85
Host Kevin Patton continues the discussion about student evaluations of teaching (SETs) with a set of strategies to make them work better, or at least mitigate some of the potentially bad or ugly outcomes. There are things we can do proactively before a SET, actively during a SET, and reactively after a SET. Listen to hear them all!
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- 00:57 | Student Evaluation of Teaching: Part II
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- 05:39 | Proactive Strategies
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- 14:03 | Active Strategies
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- 31:18 | Reactive Strategies
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Student Evaluation of Teaching II
A brief intro to this second of two discussions of student evaluation of teaching. It's easier to follow this one if you've first listened to Student Evaluations of Teaching I: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly | TAPP 84.
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Proactive Strategies for SETs
There's a lot we can do well in advance of student evaluations of teaching being administered. For example, speaking up and signing up to facilitate change in our own institutions.
- Mitigating gender bias in student evaluations of teaching (recent journal article) my-ap.us/3oaDXGG
- Actual Learning vs. Feeling of Learning | Journal Club Episode | TAPP 83 (mentions value of transparency)
- The Case for Transparency | Episode 51
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Active Strategies for SETs
There are strategies we can implement as SETs are being implemented, such as promoting greater participation by students and training students on how to evaluation courses and teachers effectively.
- Dr. Amy Simolo (HAPI faculty my-ap.us/2XhAJFP) created a tool for use at NYCC that teaches students how to evaluate courses & teachers in a professional manner. Included are six key tips:
- Be respectful.
- Focus on observable behavior.
- Be constructive.
- Offer actionable solutions.
- Stay on point.
- Give constructive and specific praise.
- Kevin's briefer message to instruct students on evaluating courses & teachers:
- First, take a moment to reflect on your hard work—that desirable difficulty—resulting in the progress you've made in refreshing all those forgotten concepts and filled in the gaps for those concepts you somehow missed learning along the way. Then, will you please take a moment now to fill out the super-brief, super-easy CourseEval survey?
- Please remember to be professional, respectful, and constructive in your responses. If you do that, stay focused on just this course/instructor, note specific things that helped you, and offer actionable solutions that improve learning, then my bosses (and I) will be more likely to understand and value your opinion. And take actions that will help future students in this course.
- End-of-Term Reviews Help Keep Your Course on Track | Episode 17
- Mid-Semester Check-Ins Keep Your A&P Course on Track | Episode 38
- Krebs Cycle Horror Story | Anatomy Terms | TAPP 79 (explains that outburst when Kevin mentions the Krebs Cycle)
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Reactive Strategies for SETs
Some things we ought to be doing after SETs are administered include doing our own surveys, debriefings, and/or reflections—and compiling, reflecting upon, and writing a statement analyzing them. This helps us in the moment, as well as if/when we're challenged by our supervisor. And there are even things we can do to mitigate potential problems with those online professor-rating sites!
- End-of-Term Reviews Help Keep Your Course on Track | Episode 17
- For quick jotting down of student comments:
- Where Kevin sends his disappointed students:
To prove the point that SETs don't necessarily measure what we are pretending that they measure, it's been proven that supplying students with cookies produces higher scores on SETs. So if we are measuring how pampered students feel, then maybe SETs are indeed the answer!
- Kevin's Favorite Blueberry-Walnut Oatmeal Cookie Recipe my-ap.us/386hSn6
- Availability of cookies during an academic course session affects evaluation of teaching (research article from Medical Education) my-ap.us/34VVsTt
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