The Center for Teaching Excellence is committed to improving the quality of education on the Mānoa campus. Offering Teaching Assessment Services to faculty and TAs is one way to accomplish this goal. The featured methods we use are rooted in the belief that teaching and learning will flourish in environments where mutual respect along with open and honest communication is encouraged. Our objective is to help collect relevant data and to share it with instructors for their consideration in an effort to make the class more successful for everyone.
Teaching Assessment Services function on a “request only” basis, moreover, the instructor or TA of a given class is the only one that may make arrangements for our services. The rationale for this policy rests in the belief that improvements occur more frequently when an instructor is self-motivated and prepared to hear feedback on her or his teaching.
In many cases, (i.e., Small Group, Classroom Observation,) CTE consultants produce detailed documents for the instructor or TA . This document, along with any other information relating to the evaluation, is kept confidential by our staff. We do not disclose information about Teaching Assessment Services with any other person or department, on or off campus. Depending on the results, however, the instructor or TA is free to share the document with anyone or to include it in a professional dossier as a record of her or his teaching.
Mid-semester evaluations involving students (i.e., Small Group and Paper and Pencil) are scheduled at the mid point of the semester for two reasons: first, doing so allows students enough time to form a general opinion about how the class is going and secondly, it allows the instructor to reflect on and make any necessary improvements to the course while there is time left in the semester.
Over time we have learned that mid-semester evaluations are most successful when they are scheduled at a point at which students have a rough idea of what their grades are. Doing so helps to alleviate any potential anxiety on the part of students that could skew feedback results. Likewise, if an evaluation occurs too close to an exam or during a week where a major assignment is due, participation and feedback can be significantly reduced.