Pain and Gain: Tips for making practical sense of student ratings

August 31, 2015

By Jake Glover  I’ve been working with faculty to improve teaching and learning for nearly a decade now and my role with IDEA allows me to speak with literally hundreds of faculty across the world every year. Conversations about a plan of action from a student ratings report is consistently challenging, especially when the ratings are lower than what was… Read more →

IDEA at 40

August 4, 2015

By Ken Ryalls  In this, our 40th anniversary, I stand on the shoulders of giants, lucky enough to be leading IDEA with a highly committed team around me at a moment in time that is ripe with opportunity. As we are all (sometimes painfully) aware, higher education is arguably the most volatile industry in the United States today, with seemingly… Read more →

Technical Report No. 18—Validity Evidence for IDEA Student Ratings of Instruction

March 16, 2015

By Steve Benton  IDEA’s most recent Technical Report – No. 18 – describes the research behind upcoming revisions to the student ratings system. In this blog I highlight evidence for what will soon be called IDEA2. Validity refers to whether evidence supports the interpretation of a test or score for its intended purpose. Validity of any assessment depends on proper interpretation and use.… Read more →

Teaching Methods in General Education

March 2, 2015

By Steve Benton and Pat Sullivan A little known fact is that seven of IDEA’s 12 learning outcomes align with AAC&U’s Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP) Essential Learning Outcomes. We recently presented research on these outcomes at AAC&U’S Network for Academic Renewal conference: Empowering and Inclusive General Education Programs, held in Kansas City, Missouri. We analyzed IDEA student ratings collected… Read more →