Conversation in Tufts electrical engineering department (Joanie Tobin/Tufts University)


Course evaluation has three main strands—one is the ongoing process of examining your course through your students’ experience, their learning, and your own reflection. This aspect of course evaluation involves gathering information about student learning and receiving direct feedback from students. Evaluation also includes the more formal process of getting feedback from colleagues, peers, and learning specialists. And finally, a summative evaluation collected at the end of a course—which can take the form of written student evaluations, exams, student projects, and a teaching portfolio—is useful in making decisions about future versions of the course, as well as engaging in career-related activities such as seeking tenure.

These resources will get you started with effective course evaluation practices—


Evaluating Your Teaching

Everyone Complains About Evaluations. A Nobel Laureate Offers an Alternative. (The Chronicle of Higher Education)

Peer Review & Evaluation (University of Southern California)


Faculty Receiving Peer Feedback

Classroom Observation and Feedback by Peers  – Learn how to approach giving and receiving peer feedback about teaching (Tufts)

Teaching Squares (Tufts)


Midterm Feedback

Integrating Student Feedback During a Course  – Explore ways to effectively gather and use early- and mid-term student feedback to enhance teaching (Tufts)

Virtual Classroom Visits – A series of video episodes for the Student-Centered Teaching at Tufts project, in which faculty members are recorded teaching, and then receiving feedback on their teaching (Tufts)

SAMPLE Mid-Term Assessment Form 1 (Tufts)

SAMPLE Mid-Term Assessment Form 2 (Tufts)