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CTAAR is hosting a series of "Improving the Evaluation of Teaching" workshops and presentations this fall.

Developing a Teaching Portfolio for Part-Time Lecturers
  • 8/26/19 Monday 2:00pm-4:00pm LSC 202ABC Register
  • 9/6/19 Friday 10:00am-12:00pm BSC 174 Register 
Developing a Teaching Portfolios for Reappointment and Promotion
  • 9/25/19 Wednesday 11:00am-1:30pm  CASC 411 ABC Register
  • 10/14/19 Monday 4:00pm-6:00pm CASC 109 Register
Implementing Peer Review and Teaching Portfolios for Reappointment and Tenure
  • 10/9/19 Wednesday 10:30am-12:30pm Improving the Evaluation of Teaching - For Deans and Chairs CASC 109 Register 
  • 10/9/19 Wednesday 12:00pm-2:00pm Improving the Evaluation of Teaching - For Faculty CASC 109 Register 
  • 10/18/19 Friday 10:30am-12:30pm Improving the Evaluation of Teaching - For Deans and Chairs BSC 174Register
  • 10/18/19 Friday 12:00pm-2:00pm Improving the Evaluation of Teaching - For Faculty BSC 174 Register
Addressing the Third Rail: A Scholarly Approach to Teaching Evaluation (by Noah Finkelstein) 
  • 11/18/19 Monday 11:30am-2:00pm Register

Faculty and instructors should have received an email message on Monday, May 20th with the results of their Spring Student Instructional Rating Surveys (for surveys that were conducted online only). Please check your email, with the following exceptions and conditions in mind:

  • If your survey ran in the new "Blue" system, you can find the results in Blue at 
  • If your survey ran in Sakai, your results will be in a file attached to your email message.
    • Remember to check your "Spam" or "Junk" folders. SIRS results may be incorrectly labeled as junk based on specific student comments; this is highly unpredictable. 
    • "Rutgers Connect" inbox may have an "other" tab that hides messages, please check the "other" tab for your SIRS results.
    • You may receive a separate email for each course, which your email software may treat as a "conversation". You may need to click to exand the conversation to see all of your survey results. 
  • Paper surveys will be scanned during the summer and returned by paper mail in the beginning of the Fall semester

If you cannot find the SIRS results for your courses, please write to us at please replace "brokenemail" with and we will resend your results. 

Please save your SIRS results for future reference.

Department Administrators will also receive copies of the SIRS reports through a Sakai dropbox or the Blue web site. 

5-9 SoTL Round Table

 Join the Center for Teaching Advancement and Assessment Research (CTAAR) on May 9th for the next Rutgers "SOTL Round Table" to discuss the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL). We invite participants to bring their teaching and learning research project ideas. We will workshop these projects together and discuss the process of applying for IRB approval. Lunch will be provided. 


Location: College Ave Student Center, Room 109

Time: 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

The Student Instructional Rating Surveys (SIRS) are now in progress. For most courses, surveys started on April 25th and are due by May 9th, however dates vary by academic unit and individual course.

Surveys are located on two systems during our transition from Sakai to Blue. Students may need to check both links:

The Sakai link above will show all the surveys from both systems together, so is the better link for most students to use during the Spring 2019 transition. Some courses continue to use paper surveys which faculty will hand out in class. Detailed information about when and where a survey runs for any individual course is posted on our current surveys web page, , and students will also receive email reminders with the correct links for their courses. 

For courses that are taught through Canvas, students may complete the survey via links or reminder messages within Canvas. The above links will also work, and may be used to complete the surveys if students experience any problems within Canvas.

Results of the online surveys will be distributed during the week of May 20th, and results of the paper surveys will be returned to departments in September. 

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One reality unites educators across disciplines as diverse as Dance, Medicine, English and Engineering: the point of instruction is to ensure that students learn from our expertise. Fortunately, current neuroscience research on learning has established a common foundation that transcends content and setting. This workshop will mine that current research to explore how educators can design memorable learning experiences, how we can enhance student learning through practice, how we can make learning stick, how we can be aware of the myths about learning, and how we can create moments of metacognition to enhance understanding. We will discuss the implications for education within various contexts and disciplines across Rutgers University.

April 18, 2019

Richard Weeks Hall of Engineering, Busch Campus, Room 208

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm


Introducing the Swivl

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The Center for Teaching Advancement and Assessment Research recently purchased a Swivl robot that makes it easy for instructors to video record their classes for personal reflection or peer review of teaching. The device works by "following" the instructor through the room as he or she presents material while recording student and instructor audio. Not only does video-recording help improve teaching, but it can also be an incredible addition to a digital teaching portfolio or personal website. 

If you are interested in scheduling a date to borrow the device and test it out in your classrooms, please contact me at 

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How can you combine the tools of research/scholarship with the practice of teaching and the science of learning? In this lively workshop session, hosted by CTAAR, we will consider what teaching and learning scholarship is; what it aspires to be;  how to design effective studies; and why it matters (to you and others).  By thinking through some of its big questions as they apply to your classroom, we will make sense of what's happening in the field of pedagogy and find relevant and meaningful ways for you to integrate the lessons learned into your own published research project.

Laura Cruz is an associate research professor of Teaching and Learning Scholarship at Penn State's Schreyer Institute of Teaching Excellence. Her role is to heighten awareness of a growing body of research in teaching and learning in higher education. Cruz has worked with hundreds of faculty to develop research projects leading to presentations, publications, external grants, and advanced insight into comprehensive and disciplinary-based pedagogical practice. Her extensive publications include work in history as well as course and program design, educational technology, educational development, and emerging forms of scholarship.


Livingston Student Center

Room 202AB

11:30 am - 1:30 pm



Busch Campus Center

Room 174

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm


Learning Analytics at Rutgers University

Wednesday, November 7th, 2018

Livingston Student Center 201 AB

11:00 - 1:00 pm (Please RSVP)

Join us for a discussion on the role of Learning Analytics at Rutgers to continue the conversation after Dr. Ryan Baker's talk in October. We will consider what data are/can/should we be using to improve the student experience and student learning, the implications and challenges of utilizing learning analytics at Rutgers University, and share how different faculty, departments, and schools are currently using data.  

To RSVP, please go to

CTAAR has created a page on our website with various resources on the use of learning analytics in higher education: - be sure to check it out!

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Professor Jane Miller continues her lecture series about "Writing About Numbers" with a session about how to teach students to write about numbers.

Friday, October 26
Livingston Student Center, Rm 202
9:00 am - Noon

Register here:

Learning Analytics: Promises & Limitations, with Dr. Ryan Baker

Monday, October 15th, 2018

Livingston Student Center 202 ABC

11:30 - 1:30 pm (Please RSVP)

Join us for a talk by Ryan Baker, a truly innovative thinker in the field of analytics, data mining, and machine learning, followed by a discussion on the role of learning analytics at Rutgers University. Dr. Baker studies how students use and learn from educational games, intelligent tutors, and other kinds of educational software. Drawing on the fields of educational data mining, learning analytics, and human-computer interaction, he develops methods for mining the data that come out of the interactions between students and educational software. He then uses this information to improve our understanding of how students respond to educational software, and how these responses influence their learning.

We will also have a panel of Rutgers faculty to continue the discussion, including promises and limitations, after Dr. Baker concludes. Lunch will be served.

To RSVP, please go to

CTAAR has created a page on our website with various resources on the use of learning analytics in higher education: - be sure to check it out!


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