What evidence-based tools can you use to self-assess your own teaching, identifying what you are already doing well, and what new techniques or approaches you may want to try?

Teaching Practices Inventory

The Teaching Practices Inventory, developed by Physics Education researcher Carl Wieman, was designed to characterize the teaching practices used in undergraduate science and mathematics courses. The inventory requires 10-15 minutes to fill out and provides a detailed characterization of practices used in all aspects of a “lecture” course. It has been tested with several hundred faculty members, refined over a 6-year period, and published.


Self-Assessment Guide with links to education research studies

This Faculty Self-Assessment Guide from University of Oregon allows instructors to indicate the extent to which they are implementing an array of evidence-based teaching practices, with links to the supporting studies.


10-minute Instructor Reflection Instrument

This 10-minute Instructor Reflection Instrument from University of Oregon is more open-ended, allowing the instructor to identify when and how they want to elaborate on their teaching.


The Teaching Self-Reflection Tool and Skills Checklist

This is a checklist of instructional behaviors and techniques for approaching student evaluations in a structured and reflective way, from Thomas Jefferson University.

UCLA Academic Personnel Office guidance on Teaching Evaluation

You can use UCLA CAP’s guidelines on teaching to write your teaching statement, based on what is outlined here.

Resources from CEILS Teaching Evaluation Symposium

CEILS hosted a symposium at UCLA on June 12,  2018, called “Exploring Practical Ways to Inspire and Reward Teaching Effectiveness and Instructional Innovation”. The event details can be found here. Several guest speakers shared resources on student ratings of instruction, peer teaching observations, and self-assessment of teaching practices, among others.  We gladly share these resources with our UCLA community.

  • Click here to access the UCLA Box folder with handouts, rubrics, guidelines, and other materials shared during the symposium.  A password is required to access the Box folder.  Please email us at media@ceils.ucla.edu to request the password.
  • Click here to view the spreadsheet with a list of the documents and Box folder locations.

If you are looking for other ways to improve and evaluate teaching, you can check out our teaching guides on using Student FeedbackPeer Feedback, and Other Forms of Evaluating Teaching.