45 Teaching Errors

In Lean Teaching, I identified 45 common teaching errors. I also proposed a simple definition for quality in teaching: “Quality is the absence of known or obvious teaching errors.” Which of the 45 errors shown in the form below have you experienced as an undergraduate student in higher education? Please take 1 to 2 minutes to fill out the form below. Thank you.

7 thoughts on “45 Teaching Errors

  1. John Morgan

    Not happy with your suggested definition of quality, Bob. I would say that quality teaching begins with: “All participants are bought into a single, clear and worthwhile aim, and work together and with teachers to achieve it.”

    1. Bob Emiliani Post author

      I understand, though your definition lacks specificity and likely measurability as well. Think of the 45 teaching errors as 45 different types of common defects that can occur in teaching processes. Akin to the common types of defects than can occur in a manufacturing or assembly process, or in a healthcare service delivery process.

  2. Asghar Gill

    I do not agree this kind of survey with only one answer for multiple variables. Is this survey for educators only or is it more from student point of view?

    1. Bob Emiliani Post author

      It is from the student’s point of view. We have all been students, including educators.

      This is just the starting point. The idea is to gather baseline data, do some analysis, make improvements, and then repeat the process (while improving surveys and data collection and method).

  3. RalfLippold

    Great start Bob – teaching can be so different. I have experienced chemistry teachers in their pre-teacher time in our class bringing me the understanding of chemistry (and actually a vision of going into the field) to German teachers who hated literally to work with pupils, and to physics teachers whom my father had to teach to set up experiments correctly.

    All too often the reason for good or bad teaching is solely looked for in the person of the teacher, not in the process itself and the various opportunities where teaching impact can derail from intended path.

    I’d be interested to learn more about your recent survey and research work, especially as I am working on a prototype to bring systemic teaching to the university (or school).

    Cheers from Dresden, Ralf

    1. Bob Emiliani Post author

      Hi Ralf – Thank you for your interest in my work. Please read my book Lean Teaching, as that explains everything in context. Here are link to the surveys: What is Good Quality Teaching?, Are You Satisfied With 10 Percent?, 45 Teaching Errors, The Value of Higher Education, and Higher Education Quality.

      Also, here are some other blog posts that you may find useful:

      Methodological Errors in Lean for Higher Ed
      Lean Higher Ed Conference Presentation
      Top Blog Posts – First Half of 2015


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