Online Learning: Faculty

What is the purpose of the guidelines for course observation?

The purpose of the guidelines in the peer observation handbook is to:

  1. Provide a set of criteria that can be used while conducting an observation.
  2. Enable the observation of an online class to be conducted in a manner that approximates a classroom observation.
  3. Emphasize the required connection between the online and in-person components.

The College through the work of the Peer Observation Improvement Network for Teaching (POINT), a sub-committee of the Center for Teaching and Learning, has updated the peer observation process to not only reflect best practices, but also integrate the different teaching modalities in the process. The Classroom Observation Form was approved by the College Senate and went into effect on July 1st, 2019.

The Peer Observation Handbook was created by POINT to provide guidance on the process of conducting a classroom observation and the use of the current classroom observation form. This handbook describes the steps a peer observer should follow, based on a review of the literature and best practices, to effectively observe a peer teach and to provide meaningful feedback. The handbook also consolidated the former observation guidelines for Asynchronous Courses and Hybrid Courses.

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