Three ways institutions are changing teaching evaluations to better evaluate, support instructors: Opinion


In a recent article from the Chronicle of Higher Ed, Beth McMurtrie discusses some of the challenges associated with teaching evaluations and how some institutions are attempting evaluation methods. In a discussion of current teaching evaluations, McMurtrie notes that these are often ad hoc and superficial in nature, and as a result, do not adequately measure instructors’ teaching efforts. The author highlights three case studies of US institutions that are implementing change: the University of Colorado at Boulder uses faculty as course evaluators and has implemented a standardized form for evaluating instructor performance; the University of Oregon has implemented a student survey; and the University of Kansas’s instructors are reinforcing teaching reform by effectively documenting their work.

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