How can IDEA be used to address standards for professional schools?

April 26, 2016

Pat Sullivan, Ph.D.  Director of Strategic Initiatives  Accreditation standards for professional schools are intended to uphold the ideals and standards of the profession, and thereby engender public trust by ensuring that program graduates are competent practitioners within their professions. Program accreditation standards typically include a specific body of knowledge that must be learned, skills and competencies that must be mastered,… Read more →

Culture and Commitment: The Why and the How of High SRI Response Rates at Champlain College

April 11, 2016

Guest Blog by: Ellen Zeman Learning Assessment Director, Champlain College  At Champlain College, a small private professionally oriented institution in Burlington, Vermont, we pride ourselves on what we call a “radically pragmatic” approach to education. Our hands-on pedagogy is about thinking and doing, and teaching is our core mission. Because of the centrality of teaching on our campus, we take… Read more →

Myths and Misconceptions of Student Ratings: Gender Bias and More Webinar Recap

March 29, 2016

In a recent webinar, IDEA President, Dr. Ken Ryalls, and IDEA Senior Research Officer, Dr. Steve Benton, responded to some common myths and misconceptions of student ratings and took a deeper look at the hot button topic—bias. View the webinar in its entirety here. Myths, Misconceptions and Bias Many myths and misconceptions exist around student ratings of instruction. Ryalls and… Read more →

Accreditation Guides: Putting IDEA to Work

March 16, 2016

Pat Sullivan, Ph.D. Director of Strategic Initiatives  There are some words that evoke particularly strong feelings among academicians. Let me throw out a few . . . how about self-study, or on-site evaluation, or peer-review team, or any other term related to accreditation. Now I bet you assumed I was referring to a negative association with these terms, but au… Read more →

Student Engagement in Civil Society

February 29, 2016

By Ken Ryalls, Ph.D. President, @IDEAprez  A recent blog in the Huffington Post written by Denison University president Adam Weinberg called out the responsibility of colleges to prepare students to participate and thrive in a civil society. In his words, “At the core, we need colleges to prepare students to work effectively with others—across differences—over long periods of time, and… Read more →

National Gathering of IDEA Users: 2016 Teaching and Learning Workshop Recap

February 16, 2016

By David Pollock, Ph.D. Faculty Development Specialist  Over 70 faculty members, deans, department chairs and others gathered in Charleston, South Carolina recently to dig deeper into IDEA’s Student Ratings of Instruction instruments and how to use them effectively on their campuses. Among other topics, participants explored how students can be important sources of feedback about teaching and learning when they… Read more →

IDEA Gives Back to Teaching and Learning

February 1, 2016

By Dr. Brad K. Mazon Director of Fundraising and Advancement If you follow @IDEAEducation, have visited our LinkedIn page or Giving webpages, or if you have spoken with me, Ken, or Jake, you likely have heard about our newly launched IDEA Impact Grants. During this, our 40th anniversary, IDEA’s ability to give back to teaching and learning practitioners through grants supported… Read more →

Why Student Ratings Matter

January 18, 2016

By Ken Ryalls, Ph.D. President, @IDEAPrez  This academic year has seen a rash of articles in the popular and pseudo-scientific press about the uselessness of student ratings of instruction and/or course evaluations. For every article that rolls out, our research team puts together a critique of the article in a cogent and professional manner, citing research, agreeing where warranted, and… Read more →

A Little Time Now Will Pay Off Later

January 4, 2016

By David Pollock  Sometimes it’s better to figure things out for yourself. I’ve learned a lot of software that way—clicking here and there and seeing what happens—using trial and error until I learn how to do what I want to do. It can be an effective way to learn things. But sometimes, you can save a lot of time and… Read more →

New Teaching Method Addresses Student Interpretation of Diverse Perspectives

December 21, 2015

By David Pollock  Piaget showed us that until about age 4, children are cognitively incapable of taking the perspective of someone else (see this video example). Children of this age assume that others see things exactly as they do. As children mature and experience the world, they begin to understand that others have a different point of view. In the… Read more →