In 2009, the University replaced its legacy Student Evaluations of Teaching Effectiveness system with the IDEA Center’s Student Ratings of Instruction (SRI) system. After piloting the system for two semesters and training faculty in the use of the new system, in Spring 2009, the IDEA-SRI was fully implemented across the University under the direction of the Joint AAUP-Board of Governors Committee on Student Evaluation of Teaching.
The IDEA-SRI allows instructors to select the essential and important learning objectives in their courses, and the students provide feedback on their learning progress on these objectives. These 12 objectives are:
- Gaining factual knowledge (terminology, classifications, methods, trends)
- Learning fundamental principles, generalizations, or theories
- Learning to apply course material (to improve thinking, problem solving, and decisions)
- Developing specific skills, competencies, and points of view needed by professionals in the field most closely related to this course
- Acquiring skills in working with others as a member of a team
- Developing creative capacities (writing, inventing, designing, performing in art, music, drama, etc.)
- Gaining broader understanding and appreciation of intellectual/cultural activity (music, science, literature, etc.)
- Developing skill in expressing oneself orally or in writing
- Learning how to find and use resources for answering problems and solving problems
- Developing a clearer understanding of, and commitment to, personal values
- Learning how to analyze and critically evaluate ideas, arguments, and points of view
- Acquiring an interest in learning more by asking questions and seeking answers
Thoughtful incorporation of the appropriate objectives at the beginning of the semester will yield more reliable and informative feedback from students.
Students also provide evaluations of their own effort and motivation in courses, as well as their perceptions of the use of 20 teaching strategies. The IDEA Center provides extensive analyses of the student evaluation data and provides instructors with recommendations for improvement. Further, the IDEA Center has a large national database of comparative information from a variety of higher education institutions that permits comparisons across courses within an institution and across disciplines for all institutions in the database. Longitudinal analyses of course evaluation data are also provided to the University through the Group Summary Report.
URI Institutional Results: Group Summary Reports
September 18, 2013 Workshop Slides From Dr. Shelley Chapman
Selected Resources from the IDEA Center