Every semester, students are asked to evaluate the professors at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI). They evaluate the professor on factors such as class atmosphere, explanation of the material, amount of interest shown, standards set, and fairness of evaluation. They are also asked to rate their learning satisfaction and the overall effectiveness of the teacher. This is mostly straightforward information, but does little to define what qualities a truly effective instructor possesses. The Psychology Department at UNI places importance on the overall effectiveness as evidenced by three methods of feedback provided to the professor: 1) the teaching summary report, 2) the reported of the collective evaluation of the members of the Professional Assessment Committee, and 3) a report to College Dean by the Department Head. Clearly, it is important to understand teaching effectiveness as a professor at UNI. To evaluate the factors underlying teaching effectiveness the DELPHI method was used. DELPHI is a two-part survey where experts are asked to freely respond to a question of interest. These responses are tabulated and presented back to the experts (the students) for a second evaluation. This study is designed to help find which factors students value in an effective professor.
Conference Proceedings: Undergraduate Social Science Research Conference
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Barthel, Christy; Tovar, Veronica; Faulkner, Amber; Dietz, Angie; and MacLin, Otto H.
"An Evaluation of Factors Underlying Effective Teaching,"
Conference Proceedings: Undergraduate Social Science Research Conference: Vol. 7:
1, Article 26.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/csbsproceedings/vol7/iss1/26