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Classroom/Peer Observation

As content experts, often with little to no background in education, it can be difficult for faculty to assess their own teaching. Our faculty developers have extensive experience in education and can offer an outside perspective. The classroom observation can help identify strengths as well as suggestions for improvement in your classroom.

An observation has three steps: a pre-observation conference, the observation, and a follow-up conversation.

Step 1: Pre-observation conference

1. During this meeting, the instructor and the observer clarify the goals and purposes of the classroom observation. The instructor asks the observer to watch for a particular thing or two (for example, clear explanations or student engagement).

2. Together, the instructor and observer create a reasonable timeline, planning well in advance and being clear about the time and place of the observation. An observation typically involves one 50-minute class period, but it could involve more.

3. The instructor provides materials appropriate to the observation, such as a course syllabus, reading materials, assignments, and course evaluations.

Step 2: Classroom observation

1. The observer arrives well in advance.

2. The instructor explains the process to students and introduces the observer.

3. The observer takes detailed observation notes and drafts a summary report.

Step 3: Follow-up conversation

1. The instructor and observer arrange for a follow-up conversation, inviting comments and questions.

2. A copy of the summary of the conversation can be sent to the instructor. The instructor may share this summary response as he/she desires.

For more information on programming that is available for instructors to get ready for the Fall 2020 semester, please see our list of workshops and online trainings.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at or call us at 766-4847.

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Coe Library 510

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307)7664817


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