PEER OBSERVATION

PEER OBSERVATION

CONTEXT:

CLICK HERE for link to Nov. 19, 2013 Memo from Faculty Senate Teaching Effectiveness and Development Committee

CLICK HERE for link to  policy proposal passed at UTEP Faculty Senate on Nov. 26, 2013

INSTRUMENTS:

2014 Peer observation form developed by AT(Varela) and CETaL(Lesser) for an online course:
(http://at.utep.edu/tll/index.php/evaluation)

2013 Meeuwsen/Lesser observation form 

CETaL 2006 peer observation booklet (http://academics.utep.edu/LinkClick.aspx?link=UTEP+Peer+Observation+Booklet.pdf&tabid=58396&mid=129801)

 
PROCESS:
 
Remember that the peer observation process is more than just observing a single class meeting.  It includes a pre-observation conversation with the instructor (see the first page of the Meeuwsen/Lesser instrument, for example) to ascertain context for what is to be observed and to give the instructor a chance to request attention to any particular dynamic where feedback would be most helpful.  It also generally includes a post-observation debriefing in which the instructor and observer are able to discuss, interpret, and further contextualize what happened during the class.  Finally, the instructor should engage in reflection, at least informally, on what was learned by the overall process and formulate a plan for improvement.