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Students assessing teaching and learning (SATAL) is a service offered by the Center for Engaged Teaching & Learning (CETL). This service helps faculty, TAs, and academic programs gain a better sense of the learning experience of their students in their classes and in other academic contexts.
Here's How it Works
- Instructor or program interested in SATAL services for a course or program can submit an official Services Request Form.
- A SATAL student will contact the instructor or program representative to confirm the type of services requested (see options below).
- A SATAL student will collect confidential data of classroom activities for the requested course or program and provide a summary of findings.
- Instructor or program can provide feedback about SATAL services using the Feedback Form.
Assessment support options for instructional faculty interested in collecting indirect evidence in support of Student Learning Outcomes:
- Class Interviewing: a quick manner of informing faculty about what the students like and their suggestions for the class.
- Mid/End-course Evaluations: proctors will distribute and collect a faculty designed questionnaire and then tabulate and write a summary report of findings.
- Class Observation: observers will describe (rather than evaluate) what goes on in the classroom with regard to time spent in questioning, board work, small group discussion, etc.
- Videotaping: it presents a more complete record of classroom events and a different perspective of the way an instructor is teaching.
- Focus groups: leaders will facilitate discussion, to produce a professional summary report.
- Summary reports are descriptive and objective (as opposed to prescriptive, evaluative); they simply describe student learning experiences in a course.
- Students are allowed to reflect on their course experience in a non-threatening manner since this assessment data collection is carried out by their peers.
- All findings are confidential and not shared with anyone except the instructor or program representative that made the request.
- Findings can be insightful in assessing student learning outcomes.
- Services are available for any class, any time, and anywhere.
Adriana Signorini, SATAL Coordinator
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