FULT ePortfolio Blog #13 Evaluation

The third module of FULT is on evaluation. The plan (I think) is to run a small evaluation on some part of our teaching  that can be written up for the portfolio. Hopefully that will be clarifoed tomorrow in the F2F session.

In the meantime, these are the questions we are supposed to ask ourselves:

  1. What is the purpose of evaluation (what are the key questions)?
  2. Who are the stakeholders?
  3. What are the most appropriate sources of evidence?
  4. What is the most appropriate methodology to answer your questions?

 

As I’m only teaching teaching this semester, not engineering, I’m going to choose a task from the Graduate Teaching Training Program – the observation task that is one of the main assessment tasks of the course.   I talked about this task in a previous blog post.

So, to start answering the questions:

  1. What is the purpose of evaluation (what are the key questions)?

To determine how effective the observation activity is as a learning task for the GTTP students – do they learn sometine new from it? Are they able to link what they learn to the GTTP course content? Does the expereince influence their own practice?

 

2. Who are the stakeholders?

Me, and the students, and UNSW Canberra.

 

3. What are the most appropriate sources of evidence?

The GTTP students themselves – their observation reflections, their comments and informal discussion of the task.

The people they observed.

Their own students and supervisors later on – probably v. hard to get this info as requires later tracking and they mainly move on to other places.

 

4. What is the most appropriate methodology to answer your questions?

I don’t know. I would guess a qualitative analysis of their reflections, maybe some interviews. Perhaps I will get some ideas in this FULT course!

 

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