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IDEA Student Ratings of Instruction is a tool that allows course feedback to be translated into actionable steps to improve student learning.  Feedback is based on a set of 13 relevant course learning objectives chosen by the instructor, instructor teaching methods, and overall impression of the instructor and course.  Instructors are encouraged to choose between 3 and 5 relevant course learning objectives that are either “Important” (X1) or “Essential” (X2) to the course.  If the instructor chooses 3 IDEA objectives, it is advised to select 1 of the 3 as “Essential” and the other 2 as “Important.”  Likewise, if the instructor chooses 5 IDEA objectives, it is advised to select 2 of the 5 as “Essential” and the other 3 as “Important.”


Consultations on selecting IDEA Learning Objectives and interpreting results are at the request of the instructor.  Click here to request a consultation. 


IDEA Learning Objectives

  • Gaining a basic understanding of the subject (e.g., factual knowledge, methods, principles, generalizations, theories)
  • Developing knowledge and understanding of diverse perspectives, global awareness, or other cultures
  • Learning to apply course materials (to improve thinking, problem solving, and decisions)
  • Developing specific skills, competencies, and points of view needed by professionals in the field most closely related to this course
  • Acquiring skills in working with others as a member of a team
  • Developing creative capacities (inventing; designing; writing; performing in art, music, drama, etc.)
  • Gaining a broader understanding and appreciation of intellectual/cultural activity (music, science, literature, etc.)
  • Developing skill in expressing oneself orally or in writing
  • Learning how to find, evaluate, and use resources to explore a topic in depth
  • Developing ethical reasoning and/or decision making
  • Learning to analyze and critically evaluate ideas, arguments, and points of view
  • Learning to apply knowledge and skills to benefit others or serve the public good
  • Learning appropriate methods for collecting, analyzing, and interpreting numerical information


For more information on choosing the appropriate IDEA Learning Objective, click here: