My teaching evaluations reflect an improvement in my teaching performance over the past two years. The evaluations in Introduction to Contemporary Africa in fall 2016 were an improvement from the evaluations in Introduction to Contemporary Africa in fall 2015.
In Spring 2017, I undertook an initiative to include an additional survey in my course via PollEverywhere, using the app’s anonymous survey tool. The administering of the PollEverywhere survey followed the same procedures used for administrating paper course evaluations disseminated by the university.
The in-class survey had 19 respondents, while the university administered survey had 28 respondents. Many of the questions overlapped, though the responses followed a similar pattern. The addition questions on the custom survey mostly revolved around the effectiveness of African Studies courses. In an effort to grow our program, it is helpful to know how effective the program is in facilitating students’ learning of Africa and attracting potential majors.