Improving Instruction Through Instructional Observation

Staff from the Walker Center for Teaching & Learning are available for instructional observation to provide you with feedback about your teaching. 

Want an Outside Opinion? Try a Small Group Instructional Diagnosis (SGID)

Small group instructional diagnosis (SGID) is a process that elicits consensus from the students about how a class is progressing. Call the Walker Center for Teaching & Learning to schedule a time for a staff member to conduct the SGID. This process gets the best results if done around mid-term or after the first major test or assessment. The process takes about 20 – 25 minutes of class time. Here’s how it works. Staff from the WCTL come to your classroom and you leave. Students are broken up into small groups of 3-5 students each to discuss the following questions: “What do you like about the course and what is working well in this class?” and “What would you like changed in the course and what suggestions do you have to improve the class?” The small groups take about five-six minutes to compile a list of their answers to these questions. Then each group contributes their suggestions to build a class list. Any student may veto any item on the list. The final list of items is discussed with you in a confidential follow-up meeting.

Classroom Observation/Peer Evaluation

You can arrange for a staff member from the Walker Center for Teaching & Learning to observe a class as you teach. Staff attend the class, observing your presentation style and techniques, lecture skills, etc. Feedback from the observation is discussed in a confidential follow-up meeting.