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National Gathering of IDEA Users: 2016 Teaching and Learning Workshop Recap
February 15, 2016
By David Pollock, Ph.D. Faculty Development Specialist  Over 70 faculty members, deans, department chairs and others gathered in Charleston, South Carolina recently to dig deeper into IDEA’s Student Ratings of Instruction instruments and how to use them effectively on their campuses. Among other topics, participants explored how students can be important sources of feedback about teaching and learning when they are asked the right questions—and that the IDEA instruments ask the right questions. We also examined the concept of a “comprehensive system of faculty evaluation” which includes more than just student ratings of instruction. Administrators saw how they can use IDEA data for improving instruction, examining curriculum, and how IDEA can help provide evidence for accreditation. Those at the workshop included users who are brand new to IDEA as well as seasoned veterans eager to learn more about the new platform. Participants were able to sign in to the new IDEA system powered by Campus Labs and see sample reports for faculty and academic unit reports for administrators. Many current users of the paper and online versions of the IDEA system were excited to see the way reports are displayed on the Campus Labs platform and how faculty and administrators can access meaningful data quickly and easily. Here is what a couple had to say:

"Our college has been using the IDEA SRI extensively since 2007. Meeting folks from other IDEA schools and hearing their questions and observations reminds me that, regardless of our level of experience, we always have important things to learn from our colleagues who care about helping students succeed.

In addition to helping me focus on some of the specific tasks I need to accomplish to optimize SRI administrations through the new Campus Labs interface, the workshop experience allowed me to clarify how to help faculty use use IDEA ratings results to facilitate self-reflection and "story-telling" in their evaluation process."

- Ellen Zeman, Learning Assessment Director, Champlain College

"I really enjoyed the opportunity to learn more about the IDEA - Campus Labs format and speak with the staff in greater depth about our potential implementation plan. It was a tremendous asset to be able to speak with IDEA staff as well as other users, as we prepare to transition to the new system. The workshop was extremely helpful!"

- Lorraine Hall, Assistant to the Provost, Christopher Newport University
Between a couple of shared meals at the workshop, and some on-the-town outings in beautiful Charleston, participants had good opportunities to talk and share ideas and success stories. We are already planning our next workshop, so connect with us on Twitter, LinkedIn, and our IDEA blog to stay tuned. Until then, learn more about IDEA’s updated Student Ratings of Instruction instruments and contact us with any questions.
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