These succinct papers were written in collaboration with the Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education (POD). As a resource to support improved student learning, each is useful to anyone wanting to address specific ways to facilitate learning on the following twelve objectives — which are central to the IDEA Student Ratings of Instruction System.

IDEA-POD Notes on Learning

IDEA-POD Notes on Instruction

  1. Displayed a personal interest in students and their learning
  2. Found ways to help students answer their own questions
  3. Scheduled course work (class activities, tests, projects) in ways which encouraged students to stay up-to-date in their work
  4. Demonstrated the importance and significance of the subject matter
  5. Formed teams or discussion groups to facilitate learning
  6. Made it clear how each topic fits into the course
  7. Explained the reasons for criticisms of students’ academic performance
  8. Stimulated students to intellectual effort beyond that required by most courses
  9. Encouraged students to use multiple resources (e.g. Internet, library holdings, outside experts) to improve understanding
  10. Explained course material clearly and concisely
  11. Related course material to real-life situations
  12. Gave tests, projects, etc. that covered the most important points of the course
  13. Introduced stimulating ideas about the subject
  14. Involved students in “hands-on” projects such as research, case studies, or real-life activities
  15. Inspired students to set and achieve goals which really challenged them
  16. Asked students to share ideas and experiences with others whose backgrounds and viewpoints differ from their own
  17. Provided timely and frequent feedback on tests, reports, projects, etc., to help students improve
  18. Asked students to help each other understand ideas or concepts
  19. Gave projects, tests, or assignments that required original or creative thinking
  20. Encouraged student-faculty interaction outside of class





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