At Lee University, we know course design isn’t about making courses “cool”–it’s about ensuring that courses make the maximum impact on students’ lives. We want to bring out the excellent in each course, so professors and students alike are equipped to change the world.
Lee University’s Center for Teaching Excellence is grateful to the CTE at Rice University for developing and sharing valuable resources such as the following workload calculator. You can read more about the research and estimation details on their website.
The Error Climate Inventory was developed by Dr. Josh Eyler, Director of Rice University’s Center for Teaching Excellence. He states the purpose of the Error Climate Inventory as:
No important discovery was ever made without some degree of failure along the way, yet we tend to stigmatize error in our educational systems. However, there is exciting new research on the science of learning that explores the ways in which teachers can help their students learn from errors, mistakes, and failures. Some cognitive psychologists have even suggested that instructors should build opportunities for failure into their courses as a way to enhance the ability of their students to make discoveries, build knowledge, and gain conceptual understanding.1 Before we can implement these kinds of teaching strategies, though, we need to take the important first step of thinking about error climate. In courses with an error-positive climate, instructors believe that errors and mistakes provide important opportunities for growth and learning, and they design courses and assignments that reflect this belief.
The following inventory was created to help college instructors assess the error climate in their courses.
We at the Lee University’s Center for Teaching Excellence agree that learning from mistakes can be one of the most valuable lessons we teach students in our classes. We are grateful to Dr. Eyler and Rice University for allowing us to share a link to the following survey which helps assess the error climate of your classroom.