This Week's Message
Greetings from the Center for Teaching & Learning.
First I would like to extend my hearty thanks to Amanda Baugous, Deb Bracke, Paul Croll, Kristin Douglas, Lori Scott, Mike Schroeder and Cyrus Zargar for their contribution to our first set of workshops on Active Learning Techniques. They offered two excellent sessions that participants found "very useful," with lots of "real, concrete examples of what I can incorporate into my courses." If you weren't able to attend, you'll find descriptions and handouts from the sessions at the ACTL website (http://moodle.augustana.edu/course/view.php?id=538#section-1).
Looking to the future, the middle of the term is fast approaching (and with it, Christmas break!). It may be a good time to think about mid-term evaluations. If you use a mid-term evaluation that you've found effective, I am hoping that I can convince you to share it with your colleagues. Of course we all have instruments that we use to assess course-related knowledge and skills. I would be particularly interested in evaluations that you have used to assess
- students' reaction to you as the teacher and the classroom atmosphere;
- students' reaction to your instruction techniques: class activities, assignments and materials;
- students' awareness of themselves as learners (study skills, work ethic, etc.) and the extent to which they are meeting the course objectives.
Of course, I will share what you contribute with our colleagues. No assessment tool is too simple or too complex so, please, send me yours!
Until then, have a great week four!
Augustana Center for Teaching & Learning