is a vital component for any learning endeavor. Individual assessments
help the learner recognize his expectations and goals for a particular
course, as well as gauge and evaluate whether those expectations and goals
are being met. Course assessment allows the instructor to understand how
student expectations coincide with course goals, to determine whether
the course goals are being met, and to learn how to better facilitate
be three formal individual/course assessments given throughout the semester,
one before the course begins, one approximately mid-term, and one after
the laboratory final. Completion of each counts toward 1% of your final
course grade. Descriptions for each of these assessments are shown below.
Of course, you are always welcome to send feedback directly
to the instructor or anonymously.
Pre-course Questionnaire: This questionnaire focuses on the interests
of the student (academic and others), his/her background and experience,
and personal goals.
questionnaire must be completed online by the date noted on the syllabus to receive
Mid-Term Teaching Analysis Poll: The Mid-Term Teaching Analysis
Poll (M-TAP) is a way for you, the student, to provide feedback about
how you feel the course is going. In addition to a few quantitative
questions, you will be asked to answer the following questions:
What most helps
you learn in the course?
What most impedes
do you have for improvements?
Note: Care will be made to retain student anonymity.
Teaching Analysis Poll must be completed online by the date noted on the syllabus
to receive credit.
Course & Instructor Evaluation: A final assessment will be given
following completion of the laboratory final. The assessment will re-address
the students' pre-course goals and allow them to reflect on the future.
They will also be able to assess the course's goals and the ability
of the instructors to facilitate those goals. (Note: Care will be made
to retain student anonymity.)
Course & Instructor Evaluation must be completed online by the date noted on the syllabus to receive credit.