TLT is available to sit in on one or more of your classes and conduct observations that you can use to reflect on and possibly improve your teaching.  We are also available to review your OAKS course for your online teaching.

bulletHere’s how it works…

Remember, this is just for you, no one else. We don’t mention it to your Chairs, Dean, or Colleagues.

If you are interested, just complete the form below. Your instructional technologist will contact you to set up a meeting where we will discuss what you hope to get out of the observation. We’ll then conduct the observation of your choice and give you the deliverable that matches.

bulletTypes of Observations

TLThd offers two types of observations:  In-Class & Online

In-Class: Your instructional technologist will come to the class(es) of your choice and just track what is going on in the classroom, what you are doing and what your students are doing, in 2 minute increments. No judgement, just tracking/documenting. We’ll make no suggestions unless you request them. In addition, we’re happy to look for anything specific that you’d like us to.

With the In-Class observations we also offer two add-ons that can be done in addition to the base observation:

  • Video: We come to the class(es) of your choice and film you and/or your students during the class. When finished we provide you with a digital copy of the video and a self-reflection rubric that you can use if you so choose.
  • Student Feedback: We go into your classroom and interview your students about what they think is working and not working in the class.  The feedback is completely anonymous and you must leave the room.  This is normally conducted in the last 10 minutes of a class.  You can use our default questions and/or develop your own.

Online: Your instructional technologist will use a rubric to review your online course, examining organization, content delivery, assessment, community, and accessibility.  He/she can tailor the review to focus on any element you’d like, such as examining the clarity of assignment instructions or the effectiveness of online discussion prompts.

With the online course observations, we also offer two add-ons that can be done in addition to the base observation:

  • Online lecture review: Your instructional technologist will review 2-3 of your online lectures either chosen at random or selected by you.  He/she will view the lectures in their entirety and review any activities or materials that supplement the lectures. He/she will then offer feedback related to delivery, organization, and engagement.
  • Student engagement review: Using the “Class Progress” tool in OAKS, your instructional technologist will examine the data to determine which areas and individual items students are and are not accessing.  This can provide insight into which materials students are not taking advantage of as well as those students visit frequently.

bulletThe Process

  1. You request an observation.
  2. You and your instructional technologist book an appointment to look closely at the observation instrument and to decide on areas of focus.
  3. Your instructional technologist observes your class(es) either at a time you prefer or unannounced, depending upon your preference.  This observation consists of tracking what you do and what your students appear to be doing in two minute increments. 
  4. Your instructional technologist writes up the report that contains a narrative of strengths, data gathered from the observation instrument, a play-by-play of what occurred in the course by time, and some potential areas of change.
  5. You read the report and reflect on the results.
  6. You and your instructional technologist then schedule another appointment to debrief on the report.
  1. You request an In-Class observation add-on.
  2. You and your instructional technologist book an appointment to discuss where you wish to focus: on you, on your students, or both.
  3. Your instructional technologist records your class(es) either at a time you prefer or unannounced, depending upon your preference.  This observation consists of setting up one or two cameras in the room to record the specified action.
  4. Your instructional technologist extracts the video and sends you a digital copy of either your teaching, the students in the room or both, along with a self-reflection rubric for you to use to evaluate your teaching.
  5. You watch the video and reflect on what you see/hear.
  6. You and your instructional technologist can then schedule another appointment to debrief on anything you wish to discuss.
  1. You request an In-Class observation add-on.
  2. You and your instructional technologist book an appointment to decide where you wish to focus or if there are any specific concerns you have.
  3. Your instructional technologist sends a list of questions to your students two days before the observation so they can reflect on the questions.
  4. Your instructional technologist interviews your students in the last 15-20 minutes of a class at a time you prefer.  This observation consists of your instructional technologist conducting a discussion of the student feedback.  This is recorded in a completely anonymous way. This interview will consist of 3-4 questions that is a mix of standard questions and your questions.
  5. Your instructional technologist writes up the report that contains the summary of students’ answers to all questions.
  6. You read the report and reflect on the results.
  7. You and your instructional technologist can then schedule another appointment to debrief on the report.
  1. You request an Online Course observation.
  2. You and your instructional technologist book an appointment to decide where you wish to focus or if there are any specific concerns you have.
  3. Your instructional technologist will review the OAKS class module(s) as you requested.  This can consist of going through every piece of content, reading instructions, checking dates, etc.  Your instructional technologist will look for consistency and observe the class from a student perspective.
  4. Your instructional technologist writes up the report that contains a narrative of strengths and some potential areas of change.
  5. You read the report and reflect on the results.
  6. You and your instructional technologist can then schedule another appointment to debrief on the report.

Still not sure? Think of it like this, in addition to class evaluations, this is a data point that can show improvement in your teaching or a portfolio artifact.

Check out some samples of final observation reports.

In-Class Observation Report

Online Course Observation

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