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Read the thoughts and impressions on a variety of topics written by IDEA staff as well as occasional guest bloggers.


April 28, 2017
A short Q&A with Senior Researcher, Steve Benton on his participation in the recent March for Science.

January 23, 2017
A deep look at IDEA solutions and industry best practices that provide a comprehensive picture of learning and how they can be applied to individual institutions.

January 13, 2017
Myths and Misconceptions of Student Ratings: Gender Bias and More

November 7, 2016
The Learning Scientists aim to fill the gaps between how students learn and teachers teach.

October 25, 2016
IDEA's year-end Impact Challenge is underway. The goal is to raise $25,000 to receive a $5,000 challenge match and fund our Impact Grants program.

October 14, 2016
It is heartening to know that IDEA gives back to the learning community in such important ways. I hope you have a similar sense of the value that the Impact Grants have.

October 14, 2016
IDEA staff has spent the past several months gathering feedback from our partners and constituents on what they envision to be an ideal learning opportunity. The result is a series of regional workshops with broad-based learning and skill-building opportunities related to evaluation and assessment—not just for IDEA partners, but for all higher education leaders.

October 14, 2016
Sometimes those of us who swim in quantitative data for a living can forget how enigmatic our world of “mean scores” and “statistical significance correlations” appears to everyone else. To us, this stuff seems as natural as pure spring water. But to most instructors, exhortations to inform pedagogical improvement with course feedback data can feel like a mouthful of salt water.

October 14, 2016
Recently, six institutions were awarded a 2016-2017 IDEA Impact Grant. The schools and their projects, include five focused on Teaching and Learning and one focused on Campus Climate.

October 14, 2016
A recent blog in Faculty Focus by Maryellen Weimer, so aptly titled Course Evaluations: How Can Should We Improve Response Rates?, called for a conversation around how to get students to complete ratings for the right reasons.

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