Formative/Summative ReviewWatch Video

Formative Review

  • Provides information to improve teaching.
  • Intended for individual use.
  • Less formal.
  • Ongoing.

Summative Review

  • Conducted to gain information needed to make personnel decisions such as promotion, reappointment, or comprehensive review.
  • More general and comparative in nature.
  • Determine the quality of teaching performance.

Krista Longtin

Assistant Dean for Faculty Affairs and Professional Development
Associate Professor of Communication Studies, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis