Department of Religious Studies

After the Course

Collaborative evaluation and what to keep and who should keep it.

Collaborative Evaluation

After the course, instructors and TAs are encouraged to meet to discuss how the course went. This conversation not only will help instructors improve the course in subsequent offerings but also will allow TAs to continue thinking about course design and implementation. Following this meeting, instructors are encouraged to record reflections about their TAs' performance in the course; these records will prove useful in the future, should the student ever ask for a letter of teaching recommendation. These records also will be useful when feedback on teaching is solicited as part of the annual review process.

What to Keep and Who Should Keep it

Typically, any originals of student material that are not returned to the student (such as final exams) should be turned over to the faculty member and kept by the faculty member for one year. TAs should also provide faculty members with copies of gradesheets and similar records. In cases where electronic versions exist, it may make the most sense for both parties to retain copies in case of future student questions. As with all student records, these should be stored securely. In addition, TAs should consider retaining samples of student work with the TA's feedback as well as any course material they have produced to include in a teaching dossier. TAs should consult both faculty and the Sheridan Center for suggestions on the teaching dossier.

    Introductions, Course Design, and Pedagogical aspirations and expectations.
    Logistical support, discussion sections, teaching observation, drafting assignments and exams, feedback on grading, teaching assessment, and regular meetings.