Assess teaching

Reporting observation results

STEP 7. Analyze the data

Analyze the observational data by reviewing the completed observation form and any written comments. [more] You should also have a face-to-face debriefing discussion with the observer. This will give the observer an opportunity to explain the data and provide additional feedback. Begin reviewing the data after the first observation. Look for patterns in the data using central questions to focus analysis. Other questions or issues may emerge as you discuss and review the information.

STEP 8. Make conclusions

Draw conclusions based on your analysis. When assessing your teaching, conclusions can easily be interpreted from the observation approach employed. Use your colleague/observer as a resource by discussing your conclusions and ideas for making changes with him/her. [more]

STEP 9. Report results

When assessing your teaching, letting students know what changes you are making in the classroom and why you are making them helps to demonstrate commitment to teaching and their learning. Also, discuss with colleagues what you have learned from your assessment and how the results will be used to make course improvements.

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