I almost finished the coursework for the Professional Instructor Diploma (PID) program. I started this program in 1997 just after my first son was born and right before I began teaching full-time at a College.
The PID program and I have grown-up together. The first classes were interactive but still primarily classroom-based and without the self-reflection, autonomy and flexibility you see in the program today. Hattie (2017) identified what teaching and learning practices actually have an effect on students achieving educational outcomes and found self-assessment to rank amongst the top five. The importance of autonomy, self-reflection and self-assessment has been the most important thing I’ve learned in the program. I am incorporating this knowledge into everything I do including advocating for its use in instructor evaluation.
In my capstone project I will likely work with these highly ranked practices of self-assessment.
Hattie, J. (2017). Hattie ranking: 195 influences and effect sizes related to student achievement. Retrieved July 20, 2017 from https://visible-learning.org/hattie-ranking-influences-effect-sizes-learning-achievement/