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Resources for Creating Assessment of Teaching Plans

The Provost’s Advisory Council on Instructional Excellence (ACIE) created a set of recommendations to expand and improve assessment of teaching effectiveness at Pitt, including the recommendation that academic units should create assessment of teaching plans. The recommendations were discussed by Council of Deans on Jan. 10, 2020 and endorsed on Jan. 30, 2020, discussed and shared with the Senate Educational Policies Committee on May 18, 2020, and were accepted by the Faculty Assembly at the Nov. 4, 2020 meeting. See the Provost’s Office Feb. 16, 2021 memo on assessment of teaching.

The Assessment of Teaching Plan Template provides an overview of information academic units can include in their assessment of teaching plans. Teaching Center staff can also provide you with resources, tools, feedback, and guidance tailored to the needs of your academic unit as you develop your plan.

Academic units should submit assessment of teaching plans to the Office of the Provost at provost@pitt.edu, with a copy to the Teaching Center at teaching@pitt.edu by April 30, 2021, with implementation target for fall 2021.

Tools and Resources for Creating an Assessment of Teaching Plan

The Assessment of Teaching Plan Template provides an overview of information academic units can include in their assessment of teaching plans. Additional readings are available on the Planning Systematic Assessment of Teaching page.

ACIE recommendations indicate that summative evaluations of teaching (e.g. annual review, promotion and tenure evaluations) should draw from multiple sources, listed below. Click on the links to access readings, resources, and examples of assessment of teaching methods.

These measures can be evaluated holistically together in teaching portfolios.

Frequently Asked Questions

Teaching Center staff are available to assist academic units in developing assessment of teaching plans and selecting and using tools. Contact us to schedule an assessment of teaching consultation.

Student Opinion of Teaching Survey Tools and Resources

ACIE recommendations also indicate that academic units, with support from the Provost’s Office, should raise faculty awareness of the effective use of student input and the potential biases in student opinion of teaching surveys, help faculty learn how to increase student response rates to surveys, and help faculty learn how to raise students’ awareness of the value of their opinions on course revision and improvement.

Teaching Center staff have created a Summary of Resources and Research on Using and Interpreting Teaching Surveys to assist academic units with communicating to faculty about teaching survey use, interpretation, and how bias may affect results.

Best Practices for Using Student Opinion of Teaching Surveys Video Series

See the Office of Measurement and Evaluation of Teaching (OMET) website for additional information. For individualized assistance, contact OMET.

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