It is of utmost importance that the lecturer strives to improve his/her teaching continually, and in doing so, help the students learn better. There are numerous ways of evaluating one’s teaching but the goal should always be the same – to improve students’ learning.
Here’s a list of items which the lecturer can do during the semester:
- Evaluate students’ performances in the classroom (e.g. during student-centered activities). This provides just-in-time feedback which is extremely helpful not just in fine-tuning the current class itself, but in helping you understand how your teaching affects learning.
- Evaluate students’ performances in assessment tasks. This requires a more in-depth analysis of the results and a judgement on the extent to which the learning outcomes have been achieved. There is a need to ensure the performance criteria and indicators chosen are appropriate for demonstrating the outcomes.
- Next, critically determine the causes of the strengths and weaknesses in the students’ performances. Are they due to the assessment tasks, your delivery, specific parts of the curriculum or other less obvious reasons. E.g. Were the assessment questions a contributing factor to the abnormal results?
- Come up with possible actions that can be taken to address the weaknesses identified above. What can be done to further reinforce the strengths identified above?
In addition to the above process of evaluating one’s teaching through evaluating the assessment results, one can conduct surveys to elicit feedback from the students. This is highly recommended, and it can be done in addition to the institutional teaching surveys. Here’s a link to University Of Oxford’s webpage which outlines specific questions that can be used in such a survey. Click here.