Evaluating Your Own Performance in a Lecture
Lectures are seldom so good that they cannot be improved; so it is often a good idea to ask ourselves when they are over, “What went well”? and “What could I do better next time”? To help us to evaluate our performance in a lecture we might choose to ask for student feedback, peer review or take time ourselves for personal reflection.
Student feedback, verbal or written, is easy to obtain and is the most commonly used method of gaining opinions on our lecture and on our style of lecturing. This may help us in our continuing professional development or may be used by others to evaluate our academic status and potential.
Peer review, while potentially threatening, can be a source of more focused critique and lead to constructive feedback, discussion and reflection. Finally, personal reflection may be stimulated and informed by either of these methods but if coupled with a personal desire for self-improvement it is the most potent force for change and personal development. Personal reflection can be aided by focusing on particular questions and seeking answers to challenges raised. Questions and checklists can steer our reflections towards new adaptations and improvements. Evaluating our own performance in a lecture can therefore be a benefit both to ourselves and our students.
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