Faculty Peer Observation and Coaching Certification

This peer coaching program, jointly created with the Thompson Center for Learning and Teaching (TCLT) for the Office of the Provost, is a “classroom observation” program created especially for online faculty as a non-judgmental, formative tool to aid in continuous course improvement. 

What’s the benefit?  The observed faculty benefit from new perspectives from colleagues, and the reviewing faculty are sure to discover new and creative strategies used in online teaching.  Successful completion of the workshops and two peer observations will certify the faculty to conduct future peer observations.  

In these workshops, participants will use the following framework for engaging with their colleagues in structured and meaningful discussions of teaching and learning.

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The five-component framework

   a.  Faculty self-assessment of their online course
   b.  Faculty self-defined goals for the observation
   c.  Pre-observation conference with the peer observer
   d.  Peer observation and data collection from students
   e.  Collaborative feedback meeting—faculty and peer discussion

Just as with the TCLT’s workshop for face-to-face faculty, this program integrates the following into the program.

  • Demonstration of data collection methods, using case studies and real course materials provided by UM-Flint faculty.
  • Practice in “humble inquiry.”
  • Deep listening exercises.
  • Practice asking effective questions

About our workshop presenters

Virginia Hamori-Ota, PhD:  Virginia is an instructional design and program development specialist in the College of Engineering Integrative Systems+Design program at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.  With more than 25 years of teaching experience, she has served as an instructional consultant at Ann Arbor’s Center for Research on Learning & Teaching, and has conducted observation and feedback on Flint’s campus for the TCLT Catalyst Course Design Program for new faculty.  Virginia was the project lead for the Commission on English Language Accreditation approval of the UM-Flint and UM-Dearborn English language proficiency programs.

Jeffrey Drake, PhD:  Jeff is a UM-Flint senior instructional designer responsible for leading the Intensive Course Development program for online faculty, as well as providing one-on-one assistance in the faculty’s individual course development.  With more than 20 years as an educator, Jeff has focused on educational technology since 2007.  He has a passion for researching and evaluating technologies, instructional design theories, and approaches and policies for potential application to learning.  His research interests include advancing best practices for online education, especially in conducting robust online discussions and group projects.  Jeff is a frequent conference presenter and has numerous published articles to his credit. 

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