Monday, December 12

Sabbatical talk
Steve Warren, "Rethinking Place and Identity in American Indian Histories"
Wilson Center 

Interpreting the IDEA SRI
4:00 p.m.
Olin 202


Tuesday, December 13

10:30 - 11:50 AM - Tuesday Reflection - Laura Hartman, Religion
Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall, 2nd floor

4:30 - 5:30 PM - Ekklesia Study Group
Old Main 121


Thursday, December 15

10:30 - 11:20 - Annual Augustana Christmas Convocation
Centennial Hall


Friday, December 16

4:00 PM - Friday Conversation: Celebration!
3:30 - Refreshments
Wilson Center

Volume 9, Issue 16 - December 12, 2011


Greetings from the Center for Teaching & Learning.

In a few short days (depending, of course, on when you're reading this) the first half of winter term will be over! I'd like to suggest that you consider administering a mid-term evaluation before the week is over. The extended break offers a unique opportunity to adjust your course; feedback you collect now could be very helpful for making the most of the second half of the term.

There are some in-house resources that some of our colleagues have graciously shared, available in the section on Classroom Assessment Techniques on the ACTL moodle site. In that section you will also find a link to the Student Assessment of their Learning Gains (SALG) website, a "free course-evaluation tool that allows college-level instructors to gather learning-focused feedback from students."

As another option, you may want to construct an evaluation tool asking students to report on their progress toward the learning objectives you have chosen as essential or important on your IDEA SRI Faculty Information Form.

Of course, there is no reason to only get formative feedback at the middle of the term. In the section on Classroom Assessment Techniques you will also find resources for formative assessment that you can use throughout the term. Take a look at the article on formative assessment techniques by Weissinger and Flowers; I trust you'll find lots of great, useful suggestions. And if have your own instrument that you have used with success, please share!

Have a productive week 5.

Jon Clauss
Augustana Center for Teaching & Learning