Background: A Holistic Model

"[Student evaluations of teaching] should not be used as the only evidence of teaching effectiveness. Rather, when they are used, they should be part of a holistic assessment that includes peer observations, reviews of teaching materials, and instructor self-reflections.  American Sociological Association, 2019"

The University of Waterloo's teaching assessment processes are undergoing a profound shift toward a holistic model that includes student course perceptions surveys, peer review, and teaching dossiers--and that takes into account specialized needs relating to graduate supervision. This new system is being developed with an eye to the research literature, Waterloo-specific research, consultations with campus stakeholders, and the experiences of other Canadian universities.

Teaching Effectiveness at Waterloo

History, timeline, and reports

Frequently asked questions: Student Course Perceptions

Frequently asked questions: Peer Review of Teaching

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