Open Classes

They’ve opened their doors; come on in! (4)

About Open Classes Week

At Red Deer College, we are all a community of learners. Open Classes provides you with the opportunity to learn, share, and collaborate with your fellow colleagues. Join us to develop your teaching practice during Open Classes Week from January 29- February 9, 2018. Registration is required.

How can you participate in Open Classes Week at RDC?

  • Open your classroom to your colleagues to support their development by observing your teaching strategies
  • Observe an open classroom to develop your teaching practice by observing your colleagues in action and gain insight into the breadth of teaching techniques at RDC



If you’re an instructor visiting an open classroom, you benefit from seeing other teaching styles and techniques. If you are an instructor who has opened their classroom, you are supporting your colleagues in the exploration of their teaching practice which simultaneously provides you with an opportunity to reflect on your own.

Request to Open Your Classroom

You, as the one opening your classroom, are in control and set the boundaries on the observation. Please fill out the form below to open your classroom during Open Classes Week. You will be asked to provide details about the classroom you are opening to observers.

Request to Open Your Classroom

Open Classes Schedules & Registration

Available January 2018.


For more information, please contact the Centre for Teaching and Learning at or 403.356.4989.


Below are a few common questions and answers about Open Classes.

Who are they for?
Everyone! Whether you are new to teaching or have taught for five, fifteen, or twenty-five years, there is always something to learn.

What are and aren’t open classes?
Open Classes are informal, casual, and developmental. Open Classes are not formal, evaluative, or a form of Peer Observation.

What are the role expectations?
Open Classes at RDC are governed by several Guiding Principles related to ethical and professional conduct between faculty members. These Guiding Principles have been adapted from several sources and are in agreement with those found in the FARDC Guidelines for Ethical Practice (on the FARDC website under “Collective Agreement”).


Brookfield, S.D. 1995. Becoming a Critically Reflective Teacher. Jossey-Bass, San Fransisco, CA.

Wajnryb, Ruth. 1992. Classroom Observation Tasks: A Resource Book for Language Teachers and Trainers. Cambridge University Press.

Open Chair Project at Trent University

Open Classroom Week at the University of Calgary