When carefully planned and delivered, peer observations of teaching allow a distinct opportunity for faculty to support and enhance each other’s classroom practice.
The resources on this page accompany workshops led by Dr. Dottie Bauer and Dr. Pru Cuper from the Education Department and Dr. Chris Odato from Faculty Enrichment: “Peer Observation: An Opportunity for Productive Dialog and Development” and “Debriefing Peer Observations: Constructive Conversations for Professional Growth”. They include materials that were distributed at the workshops as well as additional resources that may be valuable to people preparing to participate in peer observations.
Materials Distributed at the Workshops
The initial workshop,”Peer Observation: An Opportunity for Productive Dialogue and Development”, presented a suggested framework for peer observations that includes a pre-observation meeting to plan the observation and, following the observation, a self-reflection by the instructor being observed prior to the debriefing meeting with the observer. The following materials to support this framework were distributed at the workshop:
- Suggested questions for discussion at pre-observation
- Questions for instructor’s post-observation self-reflection
- Template for observation notes: PDF (for printing; print multiple copies of second page) or Word
The following resources about giving and receiving feedback on observations were distributed at the follow-up workshop, “Debriefing Peer Observations: Constructive Conversations for Professional Growth”:
The following resources may be of interest or use to faculty taking part in peer observations:
- Components of teaching: A resource document for the peer observation of teaching assessment, from the L.A.S. Teaching Academy (LASTA), College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana‐Champaign
- Twelve tips for peer observation of teaching (Siddiqui, Jonas-Dwyer, & Carr, 2007) [link is to Mason Library]
- How should feedback be given, from the Learning and Development Centre, University of Warwick
- Faculty Peer Observation and Feedback at Northeastern University, includes a template for organizing observations/feedback
The College has forms to document observations that are part of annual evaluation or DPEC reviews: