Evaluation of teaching effectiveness is important both as a formative tool that helps faculty reflect on and improve their teaching practice as well as a summative tool used for recognizing exceptional faculty, informing the tenure and promotion processes, and ensuring that we meet our institutional goals related to teaching and learning.
Over-reliance on student evaluations of teaching has been found to have disproportionately negative outcomes for faculty from under-represented groups, including women and faculty of color. The following curated resources include alternative strategies for evaluating teaching and related support services provided by the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning.
An extensive body of literature has demonstrated the bias evident in student evaluations of teaching and the limitations of their use to assess the quality of teaching. This list presents a few articles; contact the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning for additional references.
As an institutional member of the Online Learning Consortium, NIU faculty and staff have access to use the Quality Course Teaching and Instructional Practice (QCTIP) Scorecard. (QCTIP) is a comprehensive scorecard which can be used for an in-depth review to validate instructional practices.
Designed to evaluate the overall classroom experience, this tool can be used to evaluate teaching effectiveness in several areas, including: Course Fundamentals, Learning Foundations, Faculty Engagement and Student Engagement.
The QCTIP scorecard can be used as a comprehensive overview of the online course environment and is available for free.
The QCTIP can also be used independently in several different areas:
QCTIP: Course Fundamentals: Use this scorecard to evaluate quality in course design. ensure an effective classroom experience before the session starts and for post-course evaluation. Download PDF
QCTIP: Learning Foundations: Use this scorecard to ensure that key quality learning components are incorporated in the digital course to create an effective learning environment for students. Download PDF
QCTIP: Faculty Engagement: Use this scorecard to evaluate areas like course learning outcomes, course content, and assignments and the critical steps that should be taken to improve the student learning experience. Download PDF
QCTIP: Student Engagement: Use this scorecard to ensure a quality learning experience for your students by following the identified steps required to create an engaging and effective classroom environment. Download PDF