When you hear the words "evaluation" and "assessment," do you start yawning? Do you panic? Do you say to yourself "there is no time"? These are all common reactions to evaluation, yet it is a critical component of instruction. By the time a session is over, you have put a lot of time and energy into preparing for it and teaching it. After all of that work, wouldn't you like to know that it made a difference? Or find out ways to change it for the next time? That is evaluation.
In the next two sections, we will explore ways in which you can evaluate your presentation skills and ways in which you can evaluate student learning. Although it is also necessary to evaluate student needs across colleges and departments, and to evaluate entire instruction programs, here we will only focus on smaller-scale methods you can implement easily.