Research and Papers

POD-IDEA Center Notes on Instruction

These succinct papers were written in collaboration with the Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education (POD). As a resource to support teaching improvement, each is useful to anyone wanting to address specific ways to employ different teaching methods – each of which is utilized in the Diagnostic Form of the IDEA Student Ratings of Instruction.

Introduction

IDEA Item #1: Displayed a personal interest in students and their learning

Series Editors: Michael Theall, Youngstown State University; Derek Bruff, Vanderbilt University; Amy Gross, The IDEA Center | Author: Virginia S. Lee, Virginia S. Lee and Associates
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IDEA Item #2: Found ways to help students answer their own questions

Series Editors: Michael Theall, Youngstown State University; Derek Bruff, Vanderbilt University; Amy Gross, The IDEA Center | Author: Nancy McClure, Fairmont State University; Updated by Mindy McWilliams, Georgetown University
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IDEA Item #3: Scheduled course work (class activities, tests, projects) in ways which encouraged students to stay up-to-date in their work

Series Editors: Michael Theall, Youngstown State University; Derek Bruff, Vanderbilt University; Amy Gross, The IDEA Center | Author: Michael Theall, Youngstown State University
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IDEA Item #4: Demonstrated the importance and significance of the subject matter

Series Editors: Michael Theall, Youngstown State University; Derek Bruff, Vanderbilt University; Amy Gross, The IDEA Center | Author: Nancy C. McClure, Fairmont State University; Updated by Michael Theall, Youngstown State University
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IDEA Item #5: Formed "teams" or "discussion groups" to facilitate learning

Series Editors: Michael Theall, Youngstown State University; Derek Bruff, Vanderbilt University; Amy Gross, The IDEA Center | Author: Todd Zakrajsek, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
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IDEA Item #6: Made it clear how each topic fits into the course

Series Editors: Michael Theall, Youngstown State University; Derek Bruff, Vanderbilt University; Amy Gross, The IDEA Center | Author: Michael Theall, Youngstown State University
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IDEA Item #7: Explaining the reasons for criticisms of students’ academic performance

Series Editors: Michael Theall, Youngstown State University; Derek Bruff, Vanderbilt University; Amy Gross, The IDEA Center | Author: Roben Torosyan, Fairfield University; Original Author: Barbara E. Walvoord, University of Notre Dame
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IDEA Item #8: Stimulated students to intellectual effort beyond that required by most courses

Series Editors: Michael Theall, Youngstown State University; Derek Bruff, Vanderbilt University; Amy Gross, The IDEA Center | Author: Nancy McClure, Fairmont State University; Updated by Josie G. Baudier and Traci R. Stromie, Kennesaw State University
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IDEA Item #9: Encouraged students to use multiple resources to improve understanding

Series Editors: Michael Theall, Youngstown State University; Derek Bruff, Vanderbilt University; Amy Gross, The IDEA Center | Author: Derek Bruff, Vanderbilt University; Original Author: Leora Baron, University of Las Vegas
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IDEA Item #10: Explained course material clearly and concisely

Series Editors: Michael Theall, Youngstown State University; Derek Bruff, Vanderbilt University; Amy Gross, The IDEA Center | Author: Mary Deane Sorcinelli, University of Massachusetts Amherst
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IDEA Item #11: Related course material to real-life situations

Series Editors: Michael Theall, Youngstown State University; Derek Bruff, Vanderbilt University; Amy Gross, The IDEA Center | Author: Michael Theall, Youngstown State University
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IDEA Item #12: Gave tests, projects, etc. that covered the most important points of the course

Series Editors: Michael Theall, Youngstown State University; Derek Bruff, Vanderbilt University; Amy Gross, The IDEA Center | Author: Barbara Walvoord, University of Notre Dame; Updated by Deborah Keyek-Franssen, University of Colorado Boulder
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IDEA Item #13: Introduced stimulating ideas about the subject

Series Editors: Michael Theall, Youngstown State University; Derek Bruff, Vanderbilt University; Amy Gross, The IDEA Center | Author: Michael Theall, Youngstown State University
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IDEA Item #14: Involved students in “hands-on” projects such as research, case studies, or real-life activities

Series Editors: Michael Theall, Youngstown State University; Derk Bruff, Vanderbilt University; Amy Gross, The IDEA Center | Author: Virginia S. Lee, Virginia S. Lee and Associates
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IDEA Item #15: Inspired students to set and achieve goals which really challenged them

Series Editors: Michael Theall, Youngstown State University; Derek Bruff, Vanderbilt University; Amy Gross, The IDEA Center | Author: Todd Zakrajsek, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
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IDEA Item #16: Asked students to share ideas and experiences with others whose backgrounds and viewpoints differ from their own

Series Editors: Michael Theall, Youngstown State University; Derek Bruff, Vanderbilt University; Amy Gross, The IDEA Center | Author: Jeff King, University of Central Oklahoma
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IDEA Item #17: Provided timely and frequent feedback on tests, reports, projects, etc., to help students improve

Series Editors: Michael Theall, Youngstown State University; Derek Bruff, Vanderbilt University; Amy Gross, The IDEA Center | Author: Cynthia G. Desrochers and Deone Zell, California State University, Northridge
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IDEA Item #18: Asked students to help each other understand ideas or concepts

Series Editors: Michael Theall, Youngstown State University; Derek Bruff, Vanderbilt University; Amy Gross, The IDEA Center | Author: Jeff King, University of Central Oklahoma
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IDEA Item #19: Gave projects, tests, or assignments that required original or creative thinking

Series Editors: Michael Theall, Youngstown State University; Derek Bruff, Vanderbilt University; Amy Gross, The IDEA Center | Author: Cynthia G. Desrochers and Deone Zell, California State University, Northridge
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IDEA Item #20: Encouraged student-faculty interaction outside of class

Series Editors: Michael Theall, Youngstown State University; Derek Bruff, Vanderbilt University; Amy Gross, The IDEA Center | Author: Allison Pingree, Vanderbilt University; Updated by Todd Zakrajsek, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
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