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Select an appropriate methodology and develop your evaluation plan

Selecting an evaluation method is part of Stage 2 of the simplified 3 stage integrated teaching development framework (Vigentini, Negin & Kligyte, 2016). The evaluation method you choose should be determined by your position (Stage 1), the questions you wish to ask, and the context in which you are currently teaching or developing courses.

The mini-evaluation you are carrying out should be fairly quick and efficient so that it can be completed in a couple of weeks, but planned well enough to provide you with useful (and usable) evidence to address your purpose and answer your evaluation question/s.

Here are five broad options to help you select an appropriate method:

Method Resource
1. Use a simple strategy to gather feedback from your students. Additional details are provided in Gaining and responding to feedback on your teaching resource, Teaching Gateway, UNSW). For example, you could use a ‘start-stop-continue’ exercise or a ‘minute paper’, because they are very quick to implement.
2. Agree with a peer (from the FULT group or the MOOC) to observe each other’s teaching, and to provide constructive feedback. Templates and resources to support a peer review process are available in here.
3. Use systematic self-reflection for one teaching session Here is an example framework to guide a self evaluation.
4. Evaluate one aspect of your practice using a systematic analysis of the teaching data available to you This could be a document analysis, or a data mining of the online interactions. There is no guide for this yet, but you are encouraged to discuss possible avenues with colleagues in the comment section below.
5. Evaluate one aspect of assessment used in your teaching or course design Focus on the effectiveness of the task in respect to alignment with the LOs of the course and development of (graduate) capabilities/attributes in your students.

If you require clarification or need some advice on planning or implementing your evaluation, please use the Evaluation discussion step (4.3) to post your questions.

Developing your evaluation plan

You have now completed two of the four steps in your mini-evaluation:

  1. Identified your enhancement goal
  2. Decided on your evaluation method.

When you combine the two steps then add some details on how you will carry out your mini-evaluation, you will have developed an evaluation plan.

Identify your enhancement goal + Decide on your evaluation methods = Evaluation plan

Talking point

Based on your area of practice and identified focus, what method are you using to evaluate this focus and why?

Want to know more?

If you would like to more about this topic on developing your evaluation plan there are additional resources listed in the Want to know more.pdf for this step.


UNSW. (n.d.). Gaining and responding to feedback on your teaching. Sydney: Author.

Vigentini, L., Mirriahi, N. & Kligyte, G. (2016). From reflective practitioner to active researcher: Towards a role for learning analytics in higher education scholarship. In M. J. Spector, B. B. Lockee and M.D. Childress (Eds). Learning, Design, and Technology, Switzerland: Springer, pp 1-29.

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