Studies that Make a Difference: Tools for Faculty-Directed Inquiry and Improvement


The most useful and believable studies of courses and academic programs are those that instructors design themselves, focusing on those questions about which they care most. We present two systems that provide such tools to support the scholarship of teaching. First, a general purposes system for collecting information from students at the end of courses, developed by the U.S. Military Academy at West Point to coordinate academy, department and faculty inquiry and curriculum assessment. Second, Flashlight tool kits and training that focus on improving instructional uses of computing, video, and telecommunications.

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