Instructional assessment is not a one-size fits all approach. Our SRI system is responsive to the dynamic landscape of higher education. Through our research-supported approach to continuous improvement the SRI is adaptable to individual faculty and administrative needs. We therefore offer multiple assessment tools.
Diagnostic Feedback (DF) provides both summative and formative feedback about average student progress on relevant course objectives, instructor teaching methods, and overall impressions of the instructor and course. The individual course report controls for extraneous factors (e.g., student work habits and motivation) beyond the instructor’s control, and reports converted and comparative scores. This is the instrument of choice for a comprehensive assessment of teaching effectiveness.
Learning Outcomes (LO) provides summative feedback about average student progress on relevant learning objectives and overall impressions of the instructor and course. No diagnostic (formative) feedback is provided. This instrument is appropriate for courses exclusively interested in assessment of learning outcomes (e.g. individualized learning, practicums, labs, performance, etc.). The LO also controls for extraneous factors beyond the instructor’s control and reports converted and comparative scores.
Teaching Essentials (TE) provides formative feedback about teaching methods highly correlated with instructor and course excellence. No information is collected about student ratings of progress on course objectives. The individual course report controls for extraneous factors beyond the instructor’s control and reports converted and comparative scores on excellence of the instructor and the course. Those who wish to obtain feedback about how to improve teaching but not about student progress on relevant course objectives should select TE.
Feedback gathers immediate student responses after each class or unit, weekly, or selectively as desired, so faculty can see the impact of changes they have made in their class. Feedback is based on the research of the Teaching Essentials instrument. The Feedback Report is sent directly and solely to the faculty so it can be used for immediate development, changes, course adjustments, and longitudinal tracking throughout the course.
The Faculty Information Form (FIF) is an essential part of the IDEA Student Ratings of Instruction System. This document will introduce the purpose of the FIF, how to select Learning Objectives, and why your selection of objectives is important.
These guiding questions will help you interpret your IDEA Diagnostic Report.