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Teaching Observations

The goal of an observation is to provide instructors with feedback on teaching behaviors that promote student learning. In an online situation, an observation can be conducted on a course in progress or a past course. There are two components to teaching: design and delivery.

Observation reports are confidential, though you may choose to include yours in a teaching portfolio. For a comprehensive look at your teaching, we recommend that you pair an observation with a mid-semester student feedback session.

Face-to-Face Teaching Observations* (not currently available)

The CTE online course observation process addresses both teaching components and incorporates Quality Matters standards.

Step 1: Submit a ticket through mytechhelp/Center for Teaching Excellence. An Instructional Designer (ID) from the CTE will contact you to inform you about the process.

Step 2: Faculty performs a Self-Review from Quality Matters – Submit a copy of self-review to CTE ID along with Section 1 responses in the Online Report Form.

Step 3: CTE team (one person) will perform an observation and provide written feedback. CTE ID will observe two modules for comments, and CTE ID reviews adjustments made in response to the QM Self-Review.

Step 4: Faculty debriefing – This is where we will come back together, compare the observation comments and work together to develop a plan of action—the final report shared with faculty (face to face consultation optional).

Last updated: 2/18/2021