Experiment with teaching evaluations to improve effectiveness, says IHE contributor

August 17, 2016

Teaching evaluations can cause a distinct sensation of unease, writes Annelise Heinz in Inside Higher Ed, but there are ways that evaluations can be used to improve teaching, gain a better sense of efficacy, and better meet students’ needs. Heinz recommends enriching the options offered in evaluations in order to diversify their forms. As an example, Heinz suggests providing more frequent, informal feedback opportunities and focusing questions to assess important goals. Heinz further discusses incorporating student self-reflection into evaluations and encourages instructors to experiment with this process. Inside Higher Ed