The Peer Observation Process is a coordinated and systematic conversation about either classroom or online instruction. Through the TCLT, the Office of Extended Learning and the Office of the Provost the UM-Flint has developed the Peer Observation program to encourage continual instructional improvement. Faculty can participate in the process in two ways.
- First, a Course Instructor can have their courses observed by a certified Faculty Coach by requesting an observation (see the REQUEST AN OBSERVATION section below).
- Second, faculty can become certified as a Faculty Coach. (See the BECOME A FACULTY COACH section below.)
The process culminates in the instructor receiving a written report from their coach. The Instructor may or may not choose to show the report to anyone, or they may choose to use this for another evaluation, such as for tenure and promotion or as a portfolio document. Regardless of their choice, both participants will receive written recognition for completing the Peer Observation and Coaching Process.
Online Observations Explained This document that provides a graphic explanation of the observation.
Face-to-Face Observations Explained This document for an explanation of Face-to-Face observations.