This week in brief

Monday, April 21
4:00 PM – Winter LS Meeting
Founders Hall Basement Lounge

3:15 – 4:15 PM – “The Role of Study Abroad in Developing the Whole Student: The Global Perspectives Inventory”
Wilson Center
Larry Braskamp, Loyola University Senior Fellow – AAC&U

6:30 – 8:00 PM – “How Much Do We Share? Expressing Faith in the College Classroom”
Dahl Room
Larry Braskamp

Tuesday, April 22
11:30 – 11:50 AM – Reflections – Haroon Hussain, ‘08
Ascension Chapel, Founders

8:00 PM – Student Recital
Wallenberg Hall

Wednesday, April 23
3:00 – 5:00 PM – Workshop “From Parchment to Pixels: The Year of the Book”
Art Museum, Centennial Hall
See complete description in “Announcements” 

9:30 PM – Wednesday Evening Prayer & Holy Communion
Ascension Chapel, Founders

Thursday, April 24
10:30 – 11:20 AM – Convocation – Raymond Cross, University of Montana
Centennial Hall

11:30 AM – Spring Faculty Meeting
Olin Auditorium

Friday, April 25
3:30 – 5:00 PM – Friday Conversations
Wilson Center
Neil Lutsky, Carleton College

Saturday, April 26
1:00 PM – Student Recital
Wallenberg Hall
Jon Kaciuba, clarinet

4:00 PM – Student Recital
Wallenberg Hall
Stephanie Faraci, viola

8:00 PM – Opera – Gilbert and Sullivan's H.M.S. PINAFORE
Centennial Hall
The Augustana Orchestra and The Chamber Singers

Sunday, April 27
10:30 AM
– Sunday Morning Worship
Ascension Chapel, Founders

2:00 PM – Opera – Gilbert and Sullivan's H.M.S. PINAFORE
Centennial Hall

5:00 PM – Sunday Catholic Mass
Ascension Chapel, Founders

7:00 PM – Student Recital
Wallenberg Hall
Angelique Clark, euphonium

Volume 5, Issue 27• April 21, 2008

Augustana Center for Teaching and Learning

Guidelines for Peer Review (Classroom Observation)

It is recommended that the focus be on formative evaluation, in other words, providing faculty with information they can use to improve student learning and more effective teaching. The peer review should be for the faculty member’s personal use – rather than as a public evaluation.

Observation Preparation

The feedback might be more effective if the observation is more focused on specific areas rather than general observations about everything. To do this, it is recommended that the faculty member meet with the observer before the class to ascertain what the goals of the class are. This is also a chance for the faculty member to focus the observer’s attention on areas of concern. Examples might include:

Observation Recommendations

Observers might also focus on general issues with the class that might include:

- Content (cohesiveness, structure, explanation)

- Communication (clarity, voice, visual aids)

- Pace (speed, interest, variety)

- Style (enthusiasm, empathy, rapport)

Observation Debriefing

Many recommend that the observer withhold specific comments or judgment until the faculty member has a chance to reflect on the class and reach some conclusions on their own. The observer should start by prompting the faculty member with questions that might illicit important issues. Questions that reviewers may wish to ask faculty member after the observation: