Student Ratings of Teaching (SRTs) are a vital resource for faculty members, helping faculty better understand how to improve their courses and overall instruction. It is important that all faculty members closely follow the steps for administering SRTs to maximize data quality.
All SRTs, whether collected on paper or online, produce an electronic report for each instructor. SRT results are used make informed decisions for purposes such as:
- Providing input for faculty tenure, salary, and promotion decisions
- Improving course instruction
- Assisting students in course selection
Faculty data privacy is protected through compliance with University policy, data processing procedures, and in-house security. The University considers SRT data that directly identify instructors as personnel data. As such, it is protected by the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act, which prohibits the public release of personnel data. In support of this distinction between course data and instructor data, the SRT form separates instructor-specific questions from course- specific questions.
TOOLS TO IMPROVE INSTRUCTION
Here are some tools and tips for improving course instruction.
- The Center for Educational Innovation
Training resources and instructional support
- Connecting your teaching practices with the SRT
Paper written by the Center for Educational Innovation
- UMN Student Learning Outcomes
Part of the University's effort to improve how data informs academic planning
- UMN Training and Support
Teaching and learning resources provided by the University
- UMN Center for Writing
Support and resources for teaching with writing
- National Education Association
Everything from funding and grants to tools and ideas for teachers
- International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
Research and dissemination of findings related to improving teaching and learning
- UNC Charlotte – Summary of Best Practices in College Teaching
A brief summary of 12 best practices for college teaching