The Student Assessment of Learning Gains (SALG; available at www.salgsite.org) was designed specifically to collect students’ feedback on their perceptions of what and how much they learned in a given course. SALG was developed as a way of studying the impact of innovations in chemistry courses, and is now used by close to 900 faculty instructors across the country. Unlike most ratings systems that remain proprietary, SALG is publicly accessible, and the developers encourage faculty to experiment with and adapt it to suit their needs. SALG focuses on student perceptions of how much they have learned in a variety of domains (e.g., class content, skills, attitudes) and which aspects of their courses (resources, class activities, assignments, etc.) contributed to their learning. Below are some sample questions from the section on understanding class content. Attached are sample forms from courses in three disciplines (chemistry, psychology and English) and some basic explanatory material from SALG.

As a result of your work in this class, what GAINS DID YOU MAKE in your UNDERSTANDING OF EACH OF THE FOLLOWING?

no gains

a little gain

moderate gain

good gain

great gain

N/A

  •  The main concepts explored in class

 

 

 

 

 

 

  •  The relationship between main concepts

 

 

 

 

 

 

  •  How ideas from this class relate to ideas encountered in other classes within this subject area

 

 

 

 

 

 

  •  How ideas from this class relate to ideas encountered in other classes outside of this subject area

 

 

 

 

 

 

  •  How studying this subject area helps people address real world issues

 

 

 

 

 

 

  •  Please comment on HOW YOUR UNDERSTANDING OF THE SUBJECT HAS CHANGED AS A RESULT OF THIS CLASS.
 

 

 


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