Continuous feedback is necessary for improvement. Just as the feedback you provide to students helps improve their learning, feedback provided to you as an instructor can help you better gauge the effectiveness of your teaching and its impact on students’ learning. Good instructors can grow in their teaching practice when they utilize feedback and engage in reflection about their teaching and their students’ learning.
The Koehler Center facilitates ways to gather feedback about your teaching and engage in self-reflection.
A Koehler Center Classroom Observation is a reflective process intended to provide formative feedback through consultations, use of an observation rubric, and self-reflection. While departmental observations may focus on specific disciplinary knowledge and practices, the Koehler Center observation focuses broadly on evidence-based pedagogical practices. A Classroom Observation consists of multiple parts including: an instructor pre-consultation, a class visit, an instructor post-consultation, and an instructor self-reflection.
Mid-semester Analysis Polls (MAPs)
A MAP provides formative feedback, as well as both qualitative and quantitative data, to faculty to gauge students’ learning and make informed instructional decisions. Since it takes place at the midpoint of the semester, faculty have time to reinforce the pedagogical practices that are effective, and make adjustments and revisions to improve learning before the class is over. A MAP consists of multiple parts including: an instructor pre-consultation, an in-class polling visit, an instructor post-consultation, and an instructor self-reflection.