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Although some of these videos talk about teaching at school, the key principles are transferable to teaching in General Practice.

Bill Gates on Teachers Need Real Feedback

Beware of Cognitive Overload




Why evaluate and evaluate what?

Evaluate our teaching of course!


  • We all have a desire to have some sort of evaluation of our teaching.
  • How can we carry on doing the good things we do if we don’t know what they are? 
  • How can we change the things not liked by others if we don’t know what they are?
  • Evaluation helps us become better than we already are.

Kirkpatrick's 4 levels of evaluation

Professor Donald Kirkpatrick was Professor of Training and Development.  He  is known for developing the 4 levels of training evaluation.  These 4 levels tell you how good your teaching programme is at delivering results.    Clearly, it’s the end result that matters.  What’s the point of having a training programme that doesn’t deliver on what it is set out to do?  Otherwise, it’s just a waste of time, money and effort.

  1. REACTION – how do the trainees react to the instructor, materials, presentation and venue.
  2. LEARNING – what the trainees have learnt in relation to the learning objectives.
  3. BEHAVIOUR – has the trainee changed their behaviour as a result of the training when they’re back in their jobs?  What have they applied (or in many cases, will apply) from the training session when they go back to their day job?
  4. RESULTS – what are the end results.   The results or outcomes that really matter.  For example, how many trainees passed the CSA or got their CCT?  


Developing your own Evaluation Form - things to evaluate

Get feedback on your actual performance…

  • Clarity
    Was the session/presentation clear?  Easy to understand?  Appealing?
  • Organisation
    Was the session/presentation organised?  Well structured?  Did it flow logically from one part to the next?  Did it run smoothly?
  • Held My Interest
    Was the presenter/facilitator interesting?  Were they able to hold my interest?
  • Usefulness
  • Was the content of the session useful to my learning, my work and/or my development?  Practical useful bits?
  • Quality
  • Were the slides, handouts and any other materials appealing in content and design?

Get feedback on how you might do better

  • 3 things that were useful
    And therefore should remain in future sessions.
  • Anything that was not useful/confusing
    And therefore should be removed or significantly altered.
  • Any other suggestions
    To improve the session

Ways to evaluate

There are several ways you can evaluate teaching.   Don’t just think forms.  Play around with some of these. 

  • a form – designed by the learners or teachers
  • verbal feedback
  • a human Likert scale – ask them questions and then form a human rating scale with 0 at one end of the room and 5 at the other.

It is difficult, and almost impossible, to do an evaluation unless you have set clear learning outcomes.

If you've got time... some good videos

Long 1 hour video, but very interesting points.

Evaluation personal teaching – 5 minutes

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