Student Evaluation of Teaching

Student Evaluation of Teaching

In Fall 2007, the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) Advisory Board formed a committee to explore best practices related to student evaluation of teaching (SET). The committee identified the need to offer a set of guidelines for effective student evaluation of teaching. The materials here are a synthesis of guidelines identified through a review of the literature. We encourage readers to review these materials in order to promote the effective use of SET. We hope that these guidelines, combined with suggested questions, and resources will offer useful strategies to enhance teaching and learning. To assist review and in-depth understanding of the literature, we include links to the information sources used to develop the guidelines.

CELT staff and CELT Board members have collected the materials as a means of fostering consistent and effective SET at Iowa State University. Dedicated to supporting and enhancing teaching effectiveness and student learning, CELT offers these resources as a starting point for ISU colleges and departments. While some measures, such as the numeric scale and the timing of evaluation, are highly recommended for all colleges, departments, and programs, faculty in these units need to select and adapt materials as best suits their students’ needs.  We categorized these guidelines into four areas:

The pages here offer effective practices that are grounded in research. The links above include materials on SET at Iowa State and other institutions; as well as, further research on SET.

ISU Online Course Evaluation System – Class Climate

The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) and Information Technology Services (ITS) offers online course evaluation support for University departments through the web-based software Class Climate.

Help & Support

If you have any questions, please contact Course Evaluation support at (515) 294-5357 or