How do I evaluate the impact of an innovation?


Getting started

Orientation

  • What is effectiveness in teaching?
  • How can I assess my own effectiveness?

Merit in the delivery of teaching to facilitate learning might be evidenced through evaluating the impact of innovation on student learning.

Evaluation of teaching is covered in much more detail in the section Evaluation of Practice and Continuing Professional Development.

In brief, evaluation contributes to the continuous improvement and enhancement of the curriculum and of teaching and learning through review, reflection and improvement. There are a number of different ways in which you can evaluate how effective you are being as a teacher.

Informal evaluation

You can carry out an informal evaluation of your teaching at any point in your course. One way to do this would be to ask students to respond to a questionnaire or build in a 'reflect and review' feature at the end of a teaching session.

Formal evaluation

You can carry out a formal evaluation at the end of your course. Again, you can ask your students to respond to a questionnaire or hold a discussion group of students so they can provide feedback. The University of Auckland has a question bank with standard evaluation questions. The section Evaluation of Practice and Continuing Professional Development goes into much more detail about student evaluation.

Action

Achieving merit in the Delivery of Teaching to Facilitate Learning might be evidenced by evaluating the impact of your innovations on student learning.

Achieving merit Delivery of Teaching to Facilitate Learning might also be evidenced by innovating in teaching through e.g. the use of technologies in teaching. Excellence in the Delivery of Teaching to Facilitate Learning might be evidenced by a contribution to teaching at an institutional level along with evidence of the scholarship of teaching to improve learning outcomes. Distinction might be evidenced by an international standing in the scholarship of teaching to improve teaching and learning.


Taking it further

Student Evaluation of Courses and Teaching Policy
This is the University of Auckland policy on obtaining feedback on courses and teaching from University students.

For futher information and resources on effectiveness please visit Evaluation of practice and continuing professional development

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How do I evaluate the impact of an innovation?

“A teaching philosophy can help you to reflect on how and why you teach. If you don’t have a teaching philosophy, you might want to consider writing one. You can take a look at What makes a good teacher? to get started. If you already have a teaching philosophy, you might want to reflect on how the work that you are doing here fits with that philosophy”.