The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) offers a confidential, formative, mid-term peer assessment of teaching to all GC instructors. Beginning Spring Semester, 2018, the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) began providing a new option to the Mid-term Course Feedback Program. CTL is piloting a peer observation of teaching program that was approved by the University Senate in Fall 2017. The peer observation program applies one of two National School Reform Faculty observation protocols, Observation Protocol #2 – Focus Point and Observation Protocol #3 – Interesting Moments. You may request a peer observation only, a group instructional feedback technique classroom visit only, or both. A description of the pilot program is available.
The peer observation provides you with confidential, formative feedback on your teaching. The results of the peer observation and Group Instructinal Feedback Technique (GIFT) discussions with your students are shared only with you the instructor. If you elect to include the peer observation as part of your midterm feedback, a single, trained, out-of-department CTL reviewer will assess the first 25(+) minutes of a class period using an agreed-upon Peer Review protocol. The faculty reviewer will
- Meet with you about a week before the classroom visit if you select the peer observation option
- Discuss your goals for that specific class and review the protocol with you
If you elect to have the GIFT classroom visit only, your faculty peer will come to your class approximately 30 minutes before the end of the period on the appointed date. You may briefly introduce the facilitator to your class and then leave. The facilitator will guide your students through a 20-25 minute group consensus-building process in which they address the following four questions:
- What do you like about any aspect of this course that helps you learn the material?
- What suggestions do you have for improving any aspect of this course that would help you learn more?
- How could those suggestions be implemented?
- What can students do to improve this course?
A week or so after the classroom visit, the facilitator will make arrangements to meet with you to share the assessment findings orally and in writing. These findings are yours and yours alone; they will not be shared with anyone else. You may, if you wish, include them in your Individual Faculty Report.
If you request the peer observation with the GIFT visit, please plan to teach the class for the first 25 minutes or so for the observation and allow 20-30 minutes for the group facilitation. Your faculty peer will share the results of both the observation and the GIFT discussion with you in the follow-up visit.
There will be new opportunities in Fall 2018.
Please contact Steven Jones at 478-445-1253 if you have any questions.