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An Evaluation of “An Evaluation of Course Evaluations” Part II

October 1, 2014

By Steve Benton  In Part I of this blog I raised several objections to Philip Stark and Richard Freishtat’s article, “An Evaluation of Course Evaluations”. I now reveal our many points of agreement....

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An Evaluation of “An Evaluation of Course Evaluations” Part I

September 29, 2014

By Steve Benton  The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd; indeed, .  . . a widely spread belief is more likely to be foolish than sensible...

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The Equinox approaches - now is the time

September 22, 2014

By Pat Sullivan  In Manhattan, Kansas, home of IDEA, at 9:29PM (CDT) on September 22, 2014*, the Earth’s axis tilted neither toward nor away from the sun, but was perpendicular to its rays, and the...

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Guiding Questions for Interpreting Individual Reports on IDEA-CL

September 15, 2014

Last year, we posted some guiding questions for interpreting individual reports. We have updated that resource for those using the digital IDEA-CL reports. In-depth questions for interpreting the...

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Growing STEM One Layer at a Time

September 2, 2014

By Steve Benton  Plant stems grow when active cells produce new ones at the stem tips, and successive layers of new cells are laid down much like bricks in forming a wall. One layer builds upon...

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“Sending Out an SOS” for SLOs

August 18, 2014

By Steve Benton  Perhaps you’ve felt like “sending out an SOS”—the closing line from Message in a Bottle by The Police--when faced with the prospect of assessing student-learning outcomes. If you are...

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Extended Benefits of Being an IDEA Client

August 4, 2014

By Jake Glover  I am obviously biased but I believe the assessment tools available through IDEA Education are without compare. Even so one of our best kept “secrets” is the vast amount of expertise...

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Using IDEA for Faculty Development

July 28, 2014

Guest Blog by: Jo ClemmonsDirector, Center for Teaching and Learning, Point Loma Nazarene University As a faculty developer I work one-on-one with many faculty members. Often I am able to pull...

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Keeping Pace with the Changing Landscape of Higher Education

July 21, 2014

By Pat Sullivan, Director of Product Development  There is little doubt that we, those of us who have dedicated ourselves to Higher Education, find ourselves in midst of . . . of . . . well, of...

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We are All Ears: Collecting Students’ Feedback on the Updated IDEA SRI

July 14, 2014

By Dan Li  Last year I blogged about our progress on updating the IDEA Student Ratings of Instruction system. Ten months passed and our updating mission has entered a new stage. After collecting and...

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