So... Tell Me What You Think: Formative Feedback through Peer Observation of Online Courses and Teaching

Concurrent Session 3

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Brief Abstract

Learn to exchange valuable formative feedback through peer observation of online courses. Explore the benefits and challenges of peer observation in an online course, then engage in small group activities to consider the implications for process and to determine a substantive focus for the observation.

Presenters

Diane Hamilton is the Instructional Designer for Online Teaching and Learning at the University at Albany, in the State University of New York (SUNY) system. Her role is to support faculty in the design and development of effective, high-quality online courses and programs that provide educational opportunity to all learners. Her approach is founded in careful listening, collaboration, and intentionality in instructional planning. Diane also designs and facilitates a wide variety of professional development opportunities and resources for faculty. In addition, Diane has assisted on research projects, reviewed state-wide and campus-based grant proposals, and presented at state-wide conferences. She has been serving the SUNY system since 2013. Diane enjoys engaging in research activities and has interests at the intersection of online instruction and social justice. She earned her PhD in 2016 and also holds an additional MS in Curriculum Development and Instructional Technology with an embedded CGS in Online Learning and Teaching.

Extended Abstract

Learn to exchange valuable formative feedback through peer observation of online courses. Through formative feedback you and your peers can discuss online teaching from a new perspective. Reflecting on collegial feedback on your teaching can validate your teaching experience and inspire you to engage in specific professional development to further push the boundaries of your teaching practice and your students' learning.

In this session, you will explore the benefits and challenges of peer observation in an online course. You will engage in small group activities using a scenario about a fictional instructor in order to consider the steps necessary for a successful peer observation process and to determine a substantive focus for the observation in the scenario.

An observation guide, Guidelines for Formative Peer Observation of Online Courses, will be provided to take back to your campus to facilitate your own peer observations! Feel free to share the link to the guide with faculty and colleagues.