Instructors can tap into a number of sources of information to assess their teaching:

Evidence of Student Learning

The same techniques used to determine what students have learned also can speak to the instructor’s teaching skills.

Student Perceptions

Most courses also apply direct approaches to assessing teaching, including midterm questionnaires and end-of-the-semester teaching evaluations—both anonymous. All colleges require instructors of undergraduate courses to distribute an evaluation form to students at the end of the term. The completed forms are turned into the department, and you do not see the forms or the collated results until after you have turned in grades to the department.

Some departments use the Assessing the Classroom Environment (ACE) form, which is prepared by OTLT Evaluation and Examination Service (EES) with input from instructors. EES also can provide forms for you to use during the semester and also offers an online evaluation system. You should check with your department as to which one it uses.

Classroom Assessment by Student Interview (CLASI)

At your (voluntary) request, the Center for Teaching will conduct a CLASI for feedback about your teaching. The CLASI is a structured method to obtain information from students. The Center staff member asks students to form small groups and discuss what is going well, what impedes their learning, suggestions they might have for you, and what they can do to improve their own learning. You will not be present during this session, which takes 20-30 minutes. The Center staff member summarizes the findings and meets with you later.

Observation by Colleague or Supervising Faculty Member

Your experienced peers or a supervising faculty member/mentor can provide insights about how to better promote student learning. If you invite a fellow instructor or staff member from the Center for Teaching to sit in on one of your classes, let them know ahead of time what you would like them to focus on. The Center for Teaching staff member will meet with you sometime later to discuss what was observed. Ideally your peer instructor or supervising faculty member will do the same. Assessment of course content should be conducted by someone in your discipline.

Teaching Portfolio

The teaching portfolio is a systematic, long-term approach to assessing your growth as a teacher. It includes both evidence of teaching excellence— for instance, course syllabi, assignments, and exams that you have designed, and student evaluation results—and your reflections on teaching, your development as a teacher, and higher education. The Center for Teaching provides a number of resources about how to construct and benefit from portfolios (see Teaching (or "Professional") Portfolios).