Teaching Observation Process and Form

Below are resources related to the new teaching observation process and form.

Video explaining the new form and process:

Teaching Observation form (includes an explanation of the 4-part process): Teaching Observation Form 05 22 2019

Here is a quick reference of the observation categories and examples (also found on the Teaching Observation Form):
Resources – Teaching Observation Categories and Examples Only 06052019

For online teaching observation of fully online courses, the same form (above) is used. Here is a document that provides clarification and resources specifically related to observing online teaching: Online Teaching Observations 02192019

Most recent session on this process: September 2022

Resources: Teaching Best Practices

Related to General Teaching Best Practices

Nilson, L. Burzotta. (2016). Teaching at its best: a research-based resource for college instructors. 4th ed. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Nine Principles for Good Practice in Teaching and Learning: https://www.cuw.edu/academics/services/faculty-staff-resources/celt/nine-principles.html

Related to Organization and Clarity

Stanny, C., (2017). Clarity and organization in the classroom improve student learning. University of West Florida Fall 2017 Teaching Tips. Retrieved from https://uwf.edu/academic-affairs/departments/cutla/teaching-tips/fall-2017-teaching-tips/clarity-and-organization-in-the-classroom-improve-student-learning.html

Related to Presentation Skills

Washington University. (2009). Improving presentation style. Retrieved from https://ctl.wustl.edu/resources/improving-presentation-style-in-lectures/

Related to Instructor Presence and Rapport

Cavanah, S. R. (n.d.). How to make your teaching more engaging – Advice Guide from the Chronicles of Higher Education. Retrieved from https://www.chronicle.com/interactives/advice-teaching (This is a resource for purchase, but a free account that allows for limited access is available.)

Cooper, K. M., Haney, B., Krieg, A., and Brownell, S. E., (2017). What’s in a name? The importance of students perceiving that an instructor knows their names in a high-enrollment biology classroom. Cell Biology Education—Life Sciences Education, 16 (Spring), 1-13. Retrieved from https://www.lifescied.org/doi/10.1187/cbe.16-08-0265

Western Washington University, (2018). Teacher presence. Retrieved from https://www.wwu.edu/teachinghandbook/teaching_delivery/teacher_presence.shtml

Related to Instructional Strategies

Facilitating Effective Discussions. Centre for Teaching Excellence, University of WaterlooRetrieved from https://uwaterloo.ca/centre-for-teaching-excellence/catalogs/tip-sheets/facilitating-effective-discussions 

Harrington, C., & Zakrajsek, T. (2017). Dynamic lecturing: Research-based strategies to enhance lecture effectiveness. Sterling, VA: Stylus.

Washington University. (n.d.). Using retrieval practice to increase student learning. Retrieved from https://ctl.wustl.edu/resources/using-retrieval-practice-to-increase-student-learning/

Related to Teaching Online

Boettcher, J. V. (2022). Ten Best Practices for Teaching Online. Design for Learning. October 24, 2023, http://designingforlearning.info/writing/ten-best-practices-for-teaching-online/

Darby, F. (n.d.). How to be a better online teacher – Advice guide from the Chronicles of Higher Education. Retrieved from https://www.chronicle.com/interactives/advice-online-teaching (This is a resource for purchase, but a free account that allows for limited access is available.)