What’s New in IDEA 2016 Teaching Methods

November 9, 2015

By Dan Li  One of the strengths of IDEA Diagnostic Feedback is to provide formative feedback on teaching methods, performance of which can improve student learning on relevant objectives. In other words, instructors can receive tailored suggestions on which teaching methods they should retain or strengthen, depending on learning objectives they emphasized in the course and their performance of related… Read more →

What’s New in IDEA 2016 Learning Objectives

October 28, 2015

By Steve Benton A little over two years ago during IDEA research staff meetings and at coffee breaks my colleagues and I began to have conversations about which IDEA learning objectives should be dropped or retained in the soon-to-be updated instrument—IDEA Diagnostic Feedback 2016. Should we keep both Objectives 1 (factual knowledge) and 2 (principles and theories) even if student… Read more →

A Roadmap to Curricular Redesign

October 14, 2015

Is your institution facing increasing pressure for accountability? Are you being forced to become more efficient due to declining resources? Does your curriculum need a redesign overhaul? If you can answer yes to these questions, then you might find an article published recently in the Journal of Transformative Learning right up your alley. Debra Fowler and her colleagues (Maria Lazo,… Read more →

IDEA Impact Grants

September 28, 2015

By Brad K. Mazon, Ph.D., Director, Fundraising and Advancement As a fundraising professional, I have to always keep what motivates a donor to give in the forefront. Even in my own life, I’ve had to evaluate what it is about a certain organization that motivates me to want to support its cause. I’ve come to the conclusion that the motivation… Read more →

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 →