Evaluation of Teaching

Student Feedback

Student Feedback on Teaching (SFT) is one way in which Lakehead University assesses the quality of teaching and student learning experience.

In 2013, Lakehead University started gathering this feedback online in addition to on paper.

Many courses are now evaluated online but professors have the option to continue using paper-based feedback forms for their courses, and as such, students may be asked to complete a mix of paper and online forms.

30+ Questions for Faculty Metacognition

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“Promoting Student Metacognition” (article pdf) provides 30+ “Sample Self-Questions to Promote Faculty Metacognition about Teaching” -- both for individual class sessions and for overall courses.

  • These are useful starters/guides for reflection questions/journaling and self-assessment of one's instructional practices.

A. Class Session

1. Planning

13-Point Basic Syllabus Evaluation Rubric

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"Syllabus Evaluation Rubric" (pdf) defines 13 characteristics of effective syllabi, such as tone and diversity of teaching approaches (from Cornell University's Center for Teaching Excellence).

  • Each characteristic is assessed by specific criteria that determine whether a considered syllabus reflects "Beginning," "Emerging," or "Exemplary" pedagogical skill.

Assessed Syllabus Characteristics