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What Can I Learn From Student Ratings?

What Can I Learn From Student Ratings?

While student ratings are dismissed by some educators for having little to offer, these ratings can in fact be highly beneficial to teachers who want to improve their skills. Students can provide helpful and legitimate feedback on what they feel they learned, workload levels, and observable behaviors that include the teacherís pace, volume, clarity and organization. We show you how to read student ratings to help make you a better teacher.

Prepare yourself for student ratings

While student ratings are dismissed by some educators for having little to offer, these ratings can in fact be highly beneficial to you teachers who want to improve your skills.

Students can provide helpful and legitimate feedback on what they feel they learned, workload levels, and observable behaviors that include the teacherís pace, volume, clarity and organization.

During this Magna 20-Minute Mentor, Ike Shibley, Ph.D., a veteran of teaching face-to-face, shows you how to read student ratings so you can use studentsí comments to help you, or another teacher, improve and grow.

You will learn how to

  • Understand how to prepare yourself for student ratings.
  • Reflect on what you thought went well and where improvements could be made.
  • Create a list of areas in which you performed well and a list of areas where you can improve.
  • Take advantage of existing campus resources to improve your teaching skills.

This professional development program on CD also includes:

  • Supplemental materials that feature additional background information
  • Recommendations for reviewing SETs
  • A case study
  • Questions for reflection
  • Recommended resources

Learning outcomes

At the conclusion of this faculty development program, you will know how to:

  • More realistically assess students' comments to help you improve your teaching
  • Engage a trusted colleague in a dialogue about student ratings
  • Distinguish among areas that students are qualified to comment on vs. areas they are not

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