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The Effect of Active Collaborative Learning on Instructor Evaluations: An Observational Study

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

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June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



Conference Session

Industrial Engineering Division Technical Session 1

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Industrial Engineering

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24.1201.1 - 24.1201.12



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Terri M. Lynch-Caris Kettering University

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Terri Lynch-Caris, Ph.D., P.E., is an Associate Professor of Industrial Engineering (IE) and Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) at Kettering University in Flint, Michigan. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of Michigan, holds an MS Degree from Purdue University and a BS from Kettering University, formerly GMI-Engineering & Management Institute. She teaches courses in Work Design, Ergonomics, Statistics and various other Industrial Engineering classes. Her research is in the area of Human Work Design and Environmental Design.

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The Effect of Active Collaborative Learning on Instructor Evaluations: An Observational StudyAbstract (250-500 words)The combination of active and collaborative learning has been shown to increase studentlearning but what happens to the perception of the instructor? A transformed ergonomics labstructure resulted in low student evaluations prompting a quick fix using active collaborativelearning techniques. The results of active collaboration on the instructor evaluation weresurprising. An increase of more than a point on a 5-point Likert scale along with all measures ofteaching effectiveness clearly show the positive effect of active collaborative learning in theengineering classroom.This paper describes a lab course that was initially transformed utilizing Bloom’s Taxonomywith disastrous results on the instructor evaluation. Small changes requiring very little instructorpreparation time turned the class around into a high-scoring, active and collaborative learningenvironment. The IDEA Evaluation System will be described and utilized based on instructoroverall scores as well as the comparison of teaching methods and styles.

Lynch-Caris, T. M. (2014, June), The Effect of Active Collaborative Learning on Instructor Evaluations: An Observational Study Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--23134

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