“Evaluating Teaching: Beyond the Bubble-In Student Evaluation Form”. Bernard W. Bopp Director, Center for Teaching and Learning. Many ideas and quotes from Raoul Arreola’s book, which I gratefully acknowledge. Where We’re (Hopefully) Headed Today.
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Bernard W. Bopp
Director, Center for Teaching and Learning
Many ideas and quotes from Raoul Arreola’s book, which I gratefully acknowledge.
BUT: Peers need to understand “best practice” issues and not evaluate on opinions, preferences
“[The Observer] listened to my concerns and evaluated my class and offered thoughtful suggestions. Her efforts are greatly appreciated.” - anonymous faculty comment, spring 2006
- from Seldin, “The Teaching Portfolio”, 2nd ed.
“College teaching is probably the only profession in the world for which no specific training is required. The profession of scholarship is rich in prerequisites for entry, but not that of instruction.”- Milton, O., and Shoben Jr., E. J. (1968) in Learning and the Professor (Athens Ohio: Ohio University Press)
“With regard to the quality of research, we tend to evaluate faculty the way the Michelin guide evaluates restaurants. We ask, 'How high is the quality of this cuisine relative to the genre of food? How excellent is it?' With regard to teaching, the evaluation is done more in the style of the Board of Health. The question is, ‘Is it safe to eat here?’”