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Teaching Observations

Are you looking for formative feedback on your teaching? Request a teaching observation! The Center for Teaching and Learning offers Teaching Observations with trained consultants who can help you think through your course goals, your teaching observation experience, and your future teaching. Additionally, we are happy to work with schools, programs, and departments seeking to refine their peer teaching observation practices.

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For faculty, postdocs, and staff.


Request an observation.

For graduate student instructors.

Requests for Spring 2017 Teaching Observations will open Tuesday, January 17, 2017 and close Friday, April 14, 2017.



Learn about the program below

Federica Franze
Lecturer in Italian
Department of Italian

“This service is a great chance to receive feedback in an extremely professional, detailed, helpful, and confidential way. It is a chance to reflect on your teaching practices, to be prepared to answer questions on your lesson plan and your teaching methodologies, and ultimately to improve as an instructor. It can be also a good way to prepare for a job interview, or before a university review process.”

Read more about Professor Franze’s experience »

When and Where

Teaching Observations are offered during the fall and spring semesters. To arrange for a teaching observation, please submit the online request form at least two weeks prior to the date when you would like to be observed. A teaching consultant will follow up to discuss your goals for student learning and for the observation.

Please note that since teaching observations are a popular service performed by a trained CTL consultant, we limit instructors to one observation experience per academic year. Likewise, the scheduling is “first come, first served.” To secure your desired date, we advise you to complete the observation request form as soon as possible.


Teaching Observations are open to all faculty, postdocs, graduate students, and staff who facilitate learning in the Columbia University community. Schools, programs, and departments seeking to refine their peer teaching observation practices should write to to begin the train-the-trainer process.

What to Expect

Teaching Observations provide individualized feedback on teaching, following evidence-based principles for effective learning and teaching and inclusive engagement. The teaching observation process allows instructors to establish their course and session goals and receive feedback on the extent to which those goals have been achieved.

Instructors who request a Teaching Observation are asked to consider their learning goals for the course and session and their pedagogical goals for the Teaching Observation experience. The goals the instructor provides help form and focus the Teaching Observation, interpretations, and feedback. There’s also the option to have your observed session videotaped to facilitate a self-observation process.


If you have any questions about Teaching Observations or would like more information about this service, please feel free to contact us!

Faculty, staff, and postdocs with questions about the Teaching Observation experience should write to

Graduate Students with questions about the Teaching Observation experience should write to


Related Programs and Services

Reflective Teaching Seminar

Interested in deepening your engagement with your teaching practice? Apply for the Reflective Teaching Seminar.


Are you a graduate student who isn’t teaching a full class? Interested in peer feedback? Try signing up for a microteaching session.

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