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Teaching Observations

A teaching observation can provide you feedback on classroom practices and behaviors that affect student learning. Your CTE colleague can help you gauge the effectiveness of new teaching techniques or give you an outside perspective on and possible solutions to a perceived problem in your classroom.

Observation reports are confidential, though you may choose to include yours in a teaching portfolio. Reports are designed to promote reflective teaching practices, document strengths, and identify areas for future growth. We offer observations for courses across modalities. For a comprehensive look at your teaching, we recommend that you pair an observation with a mid-semester student feedback session.

Steps of a Teaching Observation

  1. Submit a Teaching Services Request. The form will prompt you to submit your syllabus and will give you options to submit supplemental materials you would like your consultant to review as part of your observation.
  2. Your request will be forwarded to an appropriate specialist in our office, and your consultant will contact you to confirm a date and time for your observation.
  3. The consultant will observe your class and take detailed notes. For online courses, your consultant will ask you to identify two modules for review.
  4. After the observation, complete the center “Faculty Reflection” column of the observation report and return your reflection to your consultant. Access the blank report templates below:
  5. Your consultant will use their notes and your reflections to prepare a feedback report. During your debrief consultation, you will receive a written report that summarizes our feedback and, if appropriate, offers suggestions for implementing changes.

Last updated: 12/20/2019