These succinct papers were written in collaboration with the Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education (POD). As a resource to support improved student learning , each is useful to anyone wanting to address specific ways to facilitate learning on the following twelve objectives — which are central to the IDEA Student Ratings of Instruction System.

IDEA Objective No. 1

Gaining factual knowledge (terminology, classifications, methods, trends)

IDEA Objective No. 2

Learning fundamental principles, generalizations, or theories

IDEA Objective No. 3

Learning to Apply Course Material (to improve thinking, problem solving, and decisions)

IDEA Objective No. 4

Developing specific skills, competencies, and points of view needed by professionals in the field most closely related to this course

IDEA Objective No. 5

Acquiring skills in working with others as a member of a team

IDEA Objective No. 6

Developing creative capacities (writing, inventing, designing, performing in art, music, drama, etc.)

IDEA Objective No. 7

Gaining a broader understanding and appreciation of intellectual/cultural activity

IDEA Objective No. 8

Developing skill in expressing myself orally or in writing

IDEA Objective No. 9

Learning how to find and use resources for answering questions or solving problems

IDEA Objective No. 10

Developing a clearer understanding of, and commitment to, personal values

IDEA Objective No. 11

Learning to analyze and critically evaluate ideas, arguments, and points of view

IDEA Objective No. 12

Acquiring an interest in learning more by asking questions and seeking answers