Classroom Observation Guidelines

      A classroom observation, either in class or online should be a positive and supportive experience for faculty. The purpose of the classroom observation is to observe instruction, provide suggestions to improve instructional strategies and/or professional interaction, and share the observation with faculty to enhance their teaching and student learning.

      • Observations of NEW part-time and full-time faculty must be completed within the first terms of their employment.
      • Full-time faculty members on extendible contracts should be observed during the same academic year as their scheduled Performance Assessment & Professional Development Plan. However, Division Directors may elect to observe faculty on a more frequent basis if there is a question about the quality of the learning environment as indicated by the Student Opinion Survey or other credible feedback.  Faculty members may also request to be observed more frequently.
      • Full-time faculty members on conditional contracts should be observed every year.
      • Part-time faculty members should be observed yearly for their first three years of employment. After three years, part-time faculty members should be observed every other year unless the results of the Student Opinion Survey or other credible information indicates less than expected performance.
      • Division directors may ask others to serve as observers (such as Program/Discipline Chairs); however, observers should be experienced faculty on continuing contracts.
      • Observations should be at least fifty minutes.
      • The observer should be familiar with the descriptors of the classroom observation form and use factual and descriptive observation notes, avoiding vague terms like “good job” or “nice.”


      Forms:

      Classroom Observation Form - Online and Hybrid Courses

      Classroom Observation Form - Seated Classes

       

      Updated September 2015