Examining Alternative Approaches to the Evaluation of Teaching
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University of Kansas
University of Colorado, Boulder
The goal of this RAC is to examine the influences valid, reliable and triangulated approaches to evaluating teaching on the adoption of evidence-based teaching practices and to document the cultural change needed to make such changes take place. Student evaluations generally assume a lecture mode and student perception is sole source of information. The data are highly reductionist and are often used in ways that are often beyond their reliability or scope. Partner institutions and external collaborators in RAC4 have been engaged in developing campus-specific frameworks and guidelines for implementing alternative forms of teaching evaluation. The research will study each institution as a case in the process of transforming the cultural norms about how to collect, interpret and use more robust teaching evaluation systems. We will also explore the extent to which these changes are institutionalized with respect to practice and policies.