- Open-ended Questionnaire
- You need new ideas, fresh vision, new approaches for a course you've taught countless times before. You need specific illustrations of what it is you do that is the most and least effective for learning.
- Teacher Behaviors Inventory
- You find the descriptions of teaching on most evaluation instruments vague and abstract, often describing elusive qualities of one's personality. You wish to know what instructors need to DO in order to be more effective.
- Classroom Climate Inventory
- The environment of your class concerns you. You wonder if students find it constructive and positive-an atmosphere that contributes to their learning endeavors, or you're puzzled, just what kind of learning environment do students want? It would be useful to have them describe the ideal classroom experience for them.
Course Material Review
The course materials you use (e.g., syllabus lecture outlines, study guides, exams, textbooks, etc.) are included because you believe they support and supplement what you are trying to accomplish in the course. However, you have never really tried to assess how effective they are in achieving your goals.
You have not been trained to teach, and you have learned pretty much by experience. You haven't given it much thought, but you realize that if somebody asked you for a detailed description of your teaching style, you'd be hard pressed to prepare one.
You can see the value in being a bit more "instructionally aware," or you are tired of all the hoopla surrounding student evaluation and peer review. Isn't there something you can do on your own that can help you get a handle on what is happening in class?
Self-Designed Instructional Observation
You would like input about your instruction from somebody other than students, but asking a colleague to come to class and having no idea of what they might say is cause for trepidation, or you would like specific feedback from students on how to improve instruction, but you are unsure how to phrase the items and format of the instrument.
- Self or Colleague Review of Videotaped Teaching Sample
- How do you really look when you are teaching? You hear yourself day after day but how do you really look from the third row?