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Mountain Rise: The International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning 7:1 (2012), pp. 1–21.


Copyright © 2012 Paul Savory, Amy Goodburn, and Jody Koenig Kellas; published by the Coulter Faculty Commons for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, North Carolina. Used by permission.


Even instructors who can demonstrate student success in their courses can be challenged to document which practices are most effective in engaging student learning. National surveys designed to assess student engagement do not provide individual faculty with information that can help them assess their individual teaching efforts. This paper highlights a survey designed to help individual faculty members learn about their students and provides a comparison of instructors’ expectations with students’ perceptions. This paper illustrates the value of such a survey through an extended example of the insights that an instructor gained by using it in her course.