Having just spent the previous week in the 3230 course “Evaluation of Learning” it was the word evaluation that caught my eye as I scrolled through the latest daily update from Ken Steele at Academica.
The article talked about the process of student evaluation of instructors and what an important impact it can have on the instructor’s careers. In the PDIP program we are taught to make the students responsible for their own learning. In the 3230 course we are told to concentrate on our student’s success in meeting the course objectives. Their success is the measure of the effectiveness of our instruction. We were taught to use a formative assessment strategy, using a variety of verifiable and reliable assessment techniques in order to gauge our students’ progress. At the end of the course students were handed a piece of paper and asked to make a summative evaluation of the instructor.
Anyway it was interesting reading in the Slate article some of the vindictive comments that students make in their evaluations. I like the idea of having students sign their evaluations and take ownership of their views and attitudes. This seems to gel well with the philosophy of students taking responsibility for their own learning.