Many faculty members have asked the DCAL directors to form an informal mentoring network around teaching and learning at Dartmouth. We have a diversely talented teaching faculty at Dartmouth and we can learn a great deal from each other. DCAL will get this informal network started by setting up a system for visiting colleagues' classes, not for evaluation purposes, but for sharing and learning from each other. We'd like to open windows into our courses and classrooms by making visiting simple and inspiring.
DCAL will support classroom visits by
In order to qualify for a luncheon reimbursement from DCAL, two instructors must
We want this process to be simple, unencumbered by elaborate evaluation schemes and rubrics, but we have supplied some recommendations and documents below that might help you make the most of your visit.
Please note that you need not schedule two visits, one for each participant's course, to qualify for the luncheon reimbursement. Each class visit qualifies both participants for a lunch on DCAL. Librarians, educational technologists and other staff who support learning at Dartmouth are also eligible as visitors, but you must arrange the visit with the course instructor.
To ensure that classroom observations are useful and enjoyable for both the observers and instructors we recommend the following:
1. Before the Classroom Visit:
2. Classroom Visit:
3. After the Classroom Visit:
The following forms may or may not be useful to you; they are meant simply to provide some ideas. They tend to focus more on evaluation than we think is necessary. Remember, our principle goal in supporting class visits is simply to open windows on each other's practice, not to evaluate each other in any formal way. This should be fun and eye-opening, not a chore.
Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) at the University of Minnesota website. http://www1.umn.edu/ohr/teachlearn/resources/peer/index.html
Linse, Angela R. (2006). “Faculty Peer Evaluation of Teaching,” Peer-to-Peer Protocols: Faculty Peer Evaluation of Teaching, Winter Teaching & Learning Conference, Temple University, January 12, 2006.
Last Updated: 2/6/15