You’ve worked hard to create an engaging, active learning environment for your students (maybe you’ve even used some of these ideas), but how do you measure your success in a meaningful way? As an instructor, you may wish to not only assess students’ progress in your course, you may also want to assess the effectiveness of a new teaching method or classroom activity you’re trying prior to the end of term. It can be helpful to get this kind of information from students while the experience is still fresh for them, rather than relying on feedback gleaned from the standard course evaluations they’ll fill out at the end of the course. Or perhaps those questions, while valuable to assess certain experiences, don’t quite give you the information you’d like to have in order to completely assess what you’d like to assess.

Assessment of Your Active Learning Classroom, a narrated slide presentation presented by TeamUP Faculty Programs, explains why it’s important to informally assess your teaching strategies, how to develop assessment strategies to gather feedback, and how you can make changes to your lessons based on the feedback you receive. You’ll learn about how you can rewrite common course evaluation questions to collect more meaningful feedback, discover a few tools available to use to informally assess students, and find out how you might reach out to and use colleagues as a resource to collect useful feedback.

How do you assess whether new teaching methods are reaching and engaging your students? What advice would you share about how you can informally assess the impact your teaching approach is having on how well students are performing? Share your comments below. 

This presentation comes from the TeamUP Professional Development Portal and makes up a small part of the self-paced multimedia module “Process (Assessment, Feedback),” which is one of several modules included in Pod 7: Active Learning. For a full list of available content, visit this siteTeamUP, a part of Cengage Learning, is a group of college educators who provide peer-to-peer support, consulting services and innovative faculty development. Visit the TeamUP Professional Development Portal Web site for professional development opportunities and earn continuing education units.