Gather Some Data about Your Instruction

You assess student work, but how often do you get a chance to assess your own instruction. Recently, a group published a study that describes what instruction in college classrooms look like. They used an instrument developed to document student and instructor behaviors. It's called the COPUS, the Classroom Observation Protocol for Undergraduate STEM, part of efforts to study instruction where students are actively engaged.

Interestingly, a related app allows you to gather data and learn about your own instructional style. It's the COPUS Analyzer. An observer codes instructor and student behaviors every two minutes during class. You upload the data and easily view graphics that characterize it. Perhaps, you and a colleague take turns observing one another, or a student assistant could do the coding. Take a look, give it a try, and share your thoughts.