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 →

Ringing in 2015- IDEA 2 Pilot!

January 5, 2015

By Pat Sullivan  To our clients, colleagues and friends, Happy New Year from IDEA . . . and what a year it promises to be!! With new products and services being piloted and launched in 2015, IDEA is at the ready to serve you in your continued pursuit of teaching excellence. In the first of a series of updates from… Read more →

What’s in the Study: Exposing Validity Threats In the MacNell, Driscoll, and Hunt Study of Gender Bias

December 22, 2014

By Steve Benton and Dan Li  Recent headlines proclaimed that “Students Praise Male Professors,” and “Students Give Professors Better Evaluations if They Think They’re Male,” hasty conclusions following the publication of an article by Lillian MacNell, Adam Driscoll, and Andrea N. Hunt, “What’s in a Name: Exposing Gender Bias in Student Ratings of Teaching,” which appeared in Innovative Higher Education. Although… Read more →

Enjoy the Coffee Talk Webinar Recordings!

December 15, 2014

This summer and fall, IDEA hosted an online Coffee Talk webinar series. The sessions included an overview of IDEA, best practices from experienced IDEA users, and sharing of ideas for success. If you were unable to attend, you may access the recordings below. We’re currently planning a Spring series, so please share any suggestions for topics in the comments. June… Read more →