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Teacher's Evaluations

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“Feedback on results is the breakfast of champions”

-- Kenneth Blanchard

Instructional evaluations provide an important source of information to assist faculty, department chairs, and deans in fulfilling their responsibilities to improve the quality of teaching at BYU—Hawaii.

  1. Student Ratings
    One widely used method or source of feedback on instruction is student ratings using a teacher evaluation instrument. There are a variety of instruments available with various costs per instrument, scoring, and reporting fees.
  2. BYU Teacher Evaluation Form
    The Provo teacher evaluation form is very easy for students to understand and to complete. It provides student feedback for both the instructor and course content. Open-ended, write-in responses by students are encouraged. This form also provides the flexibility for fifteen course/department-specific questions, which can be included to “customize” the evaluation. BYU in Provo currently uses an on-line teacher evaluation system that may be an option for BYU—Hawaii in the future.
  3. “SCOUT” System
    One of the benefits and functions of “SCOUT” (System-wide Computer On-line University Testing), developed at BYU in Provo, is the ability to provide faculty with valuable feedback through student ratings. Testing Services maintains historical data and reports, and accumulates university and department “norms”over a period of time. The cost for using this existing computer program and instrument for student evaluations is minimal (basically the cost of a single answer sheet, which is covered by Testing Services).
  4. Reports
    Information from student ratings can provide one source of valuable feedback to faculty. It can also help establish instructor, course, and department norms for an historical analysis of the data. Sample reports are included to help you determine the potential benefit of using the SCOUT Teacher Evaluation System. Here is a description of the reports that are currently available:
    • Course Evaluation Report (provides information about a single teacher for a single course);
    • Faculty Summary Report (provides information about a single teacher for all courses taught during the current semester);
    • Faculty History Report (provides information about a single teacher for all courses taught over a number of semesters);
    • Course Summary Report (provides information for the current semester evaluation for all faculty teaching a single course);
    • Course History Report (provides information for all faculty teaching a single course over a number of semesters).
  5. Electronic Data
    Academic leaders can also obtain an electronic spreadsheet of semester evaluation data for each class and department. This will allow additional statistical analysis of the data, preparation of charts and graphs for presentation, and development of teaching “constructs” to group similar items for a more in-depth evaluation.
  6. Other Instructional Evaluation Sources
    There are several sources of instructional evaluations that can be used: peer reviews, classroom observations, self-checklists, student panels, student ratings, and even student achievement. Studies have shown that there is no single “best” method, and that a successful approach to instructional evaluation usually combines several methods to give a more complete picture (see “Feedback to Improve Instruction: A guide to Instructional Evaluation at BYU,” by Eisley, Wood, and Shelley).