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Student Assessment of Learning Gains (SALG)

The Student Assessment of Learning Gains Instrument is designed for instructors from all disciplines who wish to learn more about how students evaluate various course elements in terms of how much they have gained from them. Feedback from the instrument can guide instructors in modifying their courses to enhance student learning. It may be used at any point during a course (for formative feedback) as well as at the end. The Web delivered...

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Teacher Education Editorial Board
21 years ago
This item has been triaged and is under peer review by the Teacher Education
Editorial Board.
Autumn Grubb
Autumn Grubb (Faculty)
21 years ago
I've used the learning gains survey during the Spring 2001 semester in two
different environments: one is in a graduate education course and the second is
in a 10-week intensive faculty development event.

Customizing the survey to my specific needs took about 1 1/2 hours initially,
and then after editing and revising I spent another hour refining the tool and
learning how to make it available to students.

Given that the current focus in assessment is on learning outcomes, the survey
provides a good example of how one would go about assessing for learning gains.
Participants in the faculty development event who were exposed to this tool
indicated a high level of interest, and a majority of the participants plan to
incorporate the tool
into their current courses.

The tool generated a great deal of qualitative data from faculty about their
learning gains during the faculty development event. This data was generated in
the text boxes after each section of the survey, where individuals are asked to
explain the ratings they gave in the prior section.

First time users may have to spend a bit of time figuring out how to customize
the tool. The instructions are heavy on the text, and are not designed
graphically to direct the eye.

Technical Remarks:

The tool is somewhat clunky and does not rate well when compared to ease of use
of tools such as Zaplet or Zoomerang.