Now that I have the data, what’s next?
While student evaluation semester survey data is primarily summative for the university, the survey data can serve as formative for the faculty member. The assumption is that by reflecting on the student feedback faculty teaching will improve, therefore impacting future survey results. Faculty using feedback to evaluate their teaching effectiveness and course content tend to improve.
Using the Lawrence Technological University Student Evaluation Survey questions the faculty member can develop a personal strategic plan. A plan geared to assess teaching skills for identification of what is working well and opportunities for improvement provides the opportunity to concentrate the application of your talents and abilities. Clear goals can help you to organize your time, access resources to support your goals, and measure success.
You can begin by developing your teaching and course goals for each of the student evaluation survey questions and identify how you support this criteria. For example, how can you identify where in your course you demonstrate “the course is well structured with clear objectives and requirements.” What evidence do you have for meeting this evaluation criteria? Looking through the students’ eyes how is the information communicated to them, where are they directed to find this information, and how are they expected to use this information? Are the weekly course modules and course assignments designed to support the documented course objectives and requirements? You will want to review each of the student evaluation survey questions and complete this type of documentation for each survey question.
After evaluating your class in the proposed method set some goals and prepare a plan to reach them. This may include following through with some immediate updates to your course and preparing for more substantial changes for implementation in the next semester. Think about the level you want to reach or maintain and keep working the plan each semester. With a plan you can reach out to resources provided by the University impacting teaching effectiveness and course content. University resources include eLearning Services and the Center for Teaching and Learning.
Setting personal performance goals for your role as an instructor with the University can help to maintain control of your destiny. eLearning Services developed the form “Faculty Plan for Course Revision and Teaching Enhancement” to assist with reflection and planning for success in the classroom. Using this form, you will record a plan for improving course content, and enhancing teaching effectiveness. This document can also be used to plan for a visit with an eLearning Services course developer to learn more about tools and strategies to enhance your course.