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Mid-Semester Classroom Observation

The CET offers completely confidential and voluntary services that allow faculty members to get rich, detailed, and honest mid-semester feedback on their teaching. There are two primary approaches that we offer:

Classroom Observation by a CET staff member is completely confidential and voluntary. The CET observer will provide feedback and insights on your teaching, and can also use your school or department's instrument if you prefer. Additionally, we can record your teaching and review the video with you.

Small Group Individual Diagnosis (SGID) is a professional development tool that combines classroom observation with discussion-based student feedback. After observing part of the class, the faculty member leaves and the facilitator asks small groups of students to discuss the three best aspects of the course and the three areas that need the most improvement. The facilitator later discusses the compiled, anonymous student feedback with the faculty member. Participants often report that the student feedback gathered through this process tends to be much more accurate, detailed, and useful than data from end-of-semester form evaluations.

There are a number of benefits to participating in a CET classroom observation or SGID:

  • Improving a course while it is still in progress;
  • Demonstrating to students that you are invested in their learning;
  • Uncovering and addressing hidden problems in a course;
  • Getting feedback on teaching through a "practice run" before a formal evaluation by a peer, chair, or dean;
  • Demonstrating dedication to improving teaching for possible inclusion in a tenure and promotion portfolio.

New faculty, faculty preparing for tenure review, faculty who want to improve student teaching evaluations, and faculty who are considering a course redesign or who are trying a new approach or teaching strategy may find these services particularly helpful.