Midterm Course Feedback

The Center for Teaching and Learning 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) provides a new option to the Mid-term Course Feedback Program.  CTL will pilot a peer observation of teaching program that was approved by the University Senate in Fall 2017. The peer observation program will apply 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. You can read a description of the pilot program here.

The peer observation provides you with confidential, formative feedback on your teaching. The results of the peer observation and 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:

  1. What do you like about any aspect of this course that helps you learn the material?
  2. What suggestions do you have for improving any aspect of this course that would help you learn more?
  3. How could those suggestions be implemented?
  4. 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.

Please submit this form to ctl@gcsu.edu at least 5 days before the first date you are requesting to have a facilitator come to your class (see below). You may copy and paste it into the email body or attach as Word document. 


Please contact Steven Jones at 478-445-1253 if you have any questions.