Research indicates that, while student opinions of teaching surveys provide valuable student feedback, triangulating data by assessing teaching using multiple methods like reviews of course materials, peer observations, and instructor self-reflections provides a more complete picture of overall teaching effectiveness (Berk, 2005; Burdsal & Harrison, 2008; Gormally, Evans & Brickman, 2008). In order to best support instructors in exploring various methods of assessment to improve their teaching and academic units in establishing and sustaining cultures of teaching excellence, the University Center for Teaching and Learning provides two levels of support:
- Help for academic units in planning, selecting or developing tools, training instructors how to use processes and tools, and interpreting results of summative assessments in order to make hiring, promotion, or tenure decisions or plan unit-wide teaching improvement efforts.
- Help for individual instructors and academic units in planning, conducting, and interpreting and using the results of formative assessments for the purpose of improving teaching.
The Teaching Center can assist with the following: