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Work with CTE's expert instructional designers or award winner faculty to learn how to improve your teaching today.

Curious how you can become a better teacher? Want to learn how you can improve your classroom and instruction? CTE offers several teaching observation and visitation programs. 

 

Teaching Observations

 

CTE’s Teaching and Classroom Observation Program provides confidential assistance to full-time faculty members wishing to evaluate and improve their classroom teaching. Work with one of CTE's instructional designers or an Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor. The review is completely confidential and will include a pre-class meeting, observation, and post-class feedback, emphasizing areas of concern to the observed faculty member. Teaching observations can only be scheduled within the first half of the semester.

CTE Instructional Designers:

One of CTE's instructional designers will come and observe two classes of your course. They will then discuss your observations and ways to adapt teaching styles and strategies for your own courses. 

Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professors:

How do they do it? If you’ve ever wondered what’s the difference between award-winning and adequate teaching skills, this is your chance to get answers. Peer Teaching Visits allow a small group of faculty to observe an Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor in the classroom. Encounter teaching styles that may differ from your own followed by an hour of conversation with the professor after the class. Discuss your observations and ways to adapt teaching styles and strategies for your own courses.

To schedule a teaching observation, fill out a form.

Teaching Observation Form

 

Peer Teaching Visits

Observe Award-Winning Teaching Professors! How do they do it? If you’ve ever wondered what’s the difference between award-winning and adequate teaching skills, this is your chance to get answers. Peer Teaching Visits allow a small group of faculty to observe an Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor in the classroom. Encounter teaching styles that may differ from your own followed by an hour of conversation with the professor after the class. Discuss your observations and ways to adapt teaching styles and strategies for your own courses.

Peer Teaching Guidelines

If you are observing a peer and want better guidelines on what to look for, as well as the type of feedback to give to your peers, please download this peer observation document and use it for your observation.