For Faculty Needing a Peer Observation

A Peer Observation is intended to be a formative learning experience in which one faculty member observes another and provides feedback on their teaching. The observed faculty member then reflects on this feedback and uses it to develop his or her teaching practice.

Completed before the mid-point of the class, this feedback can be used immediately to positively impact the learning experience of students. Currently, the Peer Observer writes the Peer Observation Report using the Report Template included below.

 

Peer Observation Process

This document gives a detailed overview of the Peer Observation Process. Both Peer Observers and faculty receiving Peer Observations should be familiar with this document.

This document will be updated as needed. Please check back for changes marked in bold.

 

Peer Observation Forms and Information

Pre-Observation Instructor Form

This form is intended for the faculty member who will be observed to complete in advance of the pre-observation meeting.

 

Management of Data

The Peer Observer or SGIF Facilitator is responsible for maintaining the data and documents produced in a confidential manner until the end of the Academic Year (June 30th). At the end of the Academic Year (June 30th), documents related to the Observation or SGIF should be destroyed.

It is the responsibility of the Faculty Member who receives a Peer Observation or SGIF to maintain his or her SGIF Report or Peer Observation Report long-term for use in the Year-End Package.

 

Peer Observers

 

Additional Resources

Formative and Summative

SGIFs at Red Deer Polytechnic focus on teaching and learning and are formative. This chart identifies the difference between formative and summative observations or reviews, and how this applies within current roles and expectations.

Formative and Summative: what is the relationship?

 

 

Reflective Questions Image

 

Learner-Centred Teaching

This links to the CTL website and numerous resources for learner-centered practice.

Learner-centred teachers:

  • Engage students in learning
  • Teach students how to learn
  • Encourage student reflection
  • Motivate students by sharing power
  • Encourage collaboration

 

Lesson Plan Samples

Attached below are several Lesson Plan templates offered for use during Introduction to Teaching and Learning (ITL). Participants are also free to use other formats.

Resource: This website includes information on Effective Lesson Planning specific to Higher Education: http://www.crlt.umich.edu/gsis/p2_5

 

For Peer Observers

 

Peer Observation Process and Forms

Peer Observation Process and Forms

This document gives a detailed overview of the Peer Observation Process. Both Peer Observers and faculty receiving Peer Observations should be familiar with this document.

This document will be updated as needed. Please check back for changes marked in bold.

 

Pre-Observation Instructor Form

This form is intended for the faculty member who will be observed to complete in advance of the pre-observation meeting.

 

Pre-Observation Meeting Observer Form

This form is for the use of the Peer Observer during the pre-observation meeting. Ideally this is held up to a week prior to the planned observation. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the faculty member’s goals for the observation, and for the peer observer to gather information about the context of the course, the student population and experience, and the plans for the session on the day of the observation.

 

Forms for Taking Notes during Observations

This document may be used to organize notes and feedback during the observation of a teaching session.

This instrument incorporates areas related to activities in teaching and learning that lend themselves to a dynamic and interactive learning experience. Influenced by learner-centred principles, universal design for learning, and sound pedagogical practices, it has been adapted from the Institute of Teaching, Learning, and Academic Leadership, State University of New York

This document provides an alternative data collection method to capture observations and comments. Less structured in orientation, it cues the peer observer to note both instructor and student behaviour.

 

Post Observation Meeting Guide

This guide poses discussion and reflective questions for the post-observation meeting.

 

Post Observation Report Template

 

Peer Observation Process for Online/Blended Courses

Instructions & Template

The following documents will guide you through the Peer Observation process for online/blended courses at Red Deer Polytechnic:

 

Management of Data

The Peer Observer or SGIF Facilitator is responsible for maintaining the data and documents produced in a confidential manner until the end of the Academic Year (June 30th). At the end of the Academic Year (June 30th), documents related to the Observation or SGIF should be destroyed.

It is the responsibility of the Faculty Member who receives a Peer Observation or SGIF to maintain his or her SGIF Report or Peer Observation Report long-term for use in the Year-End Package.

 


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