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 →

Recap of the 2015 IDEA Teaching and Learning Assessment Workshop

February 16, 2015

By Melissa Linenberger  February 2-4, 2015, we held our annual IDEA workshop.  This year we had 60 client attendees and welcomed five of our contacts at Campus Labs, our technology partner, to join the conversation.  What a conversation it was!  While the workshop was focused on the principles of the IDEA Student Ratings of Instruction (SRI) instrument, we also talked… Read more →

The Research Behind IDEA2

February 2, 2015

By Steve Benton  You’ve probably heard by now that we are rolling out an updated version of IDEA Student Ratings of Instruction (SRI)—IDEA2. We are very excited about the revision instrument and hope our clients will be too. As with any survey, IDEA2 is backed by years of extensive quantitative and qualitative research. Those efforts have culminated in the soon-to-be-released… Read more →