Faculty Peer Observation & Coaching Certification Program
Peer classroom observation can foster the improvement of teaching and aligns with the mission of the University of Michigan-Flint. Because it is formative rather than summative, the strength of peer observation is in the development of teaching excellence and collegiality among faculty. The observed instructor benefits from getting new perspectives from colleagues, and all may benefit by learning new teaching strategies from each other through a post-observation discussion.
Through the TCLT, the Office of the Provost has developed a certification process for UM-Flint faculty to learn about and become proficient in faculty peer observation. To qualify, faculty must participate in a series of training modules and a half-day workshop and successfully complete two observations using the protocol.
Effective Peer Observation & Feedback (online video training modules)
Through a series of online training modules, participants will learn a framework that will assist them in engaging in rich discussions of teaching and learning with their colleagues, in a meaningful and structured way. Specifically, participants will:
- Study models of the Classroom Map, Classroom Timeline, and methods of mapping classroom interaction and group dynamics.
- Apply skills using videotaped classroom sessions, and debrief their data gathering in group discussions.
- Consider effective methods of delivery of observation data and feedback to the instructor, including the opportunity to role play feedback meetings, as well as discuss case studies depicting different scenarios.
Micro-Teaching Session (half day workshop):
Building on the classroom observation and data gathering methods acquired in training modules, as well as the facilitation protocol for conducting pre- and post-observation consultations, participants will apply these skills during live micro-teaching sessions conducted in rotation. The goal is to provide opportunities to observe and conduct the feedback process of four live-taught micro-lessons.