This Week for Faculty: October 22, 2018

by | Oct 22, 2018

Want to receive confidential feedback on your teaching practices? The CTL offers Teaching Observations to better support your needs. The deadline to request a teaching observation is Friday, October 26th.

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Teaching Observations

The CTL offers Teaching Observations with trained consultants who can help you think through your course goals, your teaching observation experience, and your future teaching. Additionally, the CTL works with schools, programs, and departments seeking to refine peer teaching observation practices.

Teaching Observations are offered during the fall and spring semesters. In Fall 2018, Teaching Observations will be conducted between Monday, September 17th and Friday, November 16th. 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 observation 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 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.

Process for Teaching Observations:

  • Step 1: Goal-setting conversation: the instructor discusses student learning and pedagogical goals with the CTL consultant to help focus the Teaching Observation, interpretations, and feedback.
  • Step 2: In-class observation: class is observed for approximately 1 hour, even if the class runs longer.
  • Step 3: Post-observation consultation: instructors meet with their consultant to debrief the teaching observation experience and discuss observed evidence of effective teaching, areas for further development, and next steps.

teaching observation flow

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Upcoming Events

Metacognition as a Tool for Equity in the Classroom

Metacognition, sometimes referred to as “learning to learn,” is a powerful tool for building an equitable learning environment whether online or in-person. Examining key research in cognitive development theory, participants will learn how to intentionally use metacognitive strategies that help build students’ awareness of themselves as learners.


Date: Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Location: Butler Library Room 212

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Date: Wednesday, November 7, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Armory, Hospitality Room (4th Floor)


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Drop in Butler Library 212 for walk-in consultation hours.