A teaching observation provides teachers with feedback on classroom practices and behaviors that affect student learning. It is an excellent way to gauge how effective you are when trying new techniques or to get an outside perspective on a perceived problem in your classroom.
An online teaching observation provides teachers with feedback on teaching behaviors that promote student learning while a course is in progress. The observation will focus on the course facilitation and delivery. This observation will comment on aspects of course design and delivery that promote Quality Matters standards. A thorough review of course design is available through the Quality Matters course review process.
Teaching Observations Provide Feedback on:
- Instructor’s teaching behaviors
- Students’ attitudes, attentiveness, and participation
- Teaching strategies
- Presentation and organization of content
- Teacher-student rapport
- Use of instructional technologies
- Speaking or writing styles
- Use of physical or virtual space
The steps of a teaching observation:
- Request a teaching observation
- The CTE consultant will then ask you to submit your syllabus and any other relevant materials (e.g. assignment prompts, lesson plan), and schedule a consultation prior to the observation in order to discuss the particulars of the class. This may include a self-assessment of your materials.
- The consultant observes and takes detailed notes on your class.
- A few days after the observation, you will meet with the consultant to discuss your class. You will receive a written report that summarizes our feedback and, if appropriate, offers a few suggestions for implementing changes.
- If you decide to implement changes in your teaching practice, we recommend that you schedule a follow-up teaching observation in order to receive support through the process.
CTE teaching observations are confidential.
Last updated: 4/25/2019