Observation and Feedback Services

Confidential Feedback Services

Faculty members may take advantage of the Office for Faculty Advancement’s confidential feedback services.  The OFA will not share any aspect of the feedback that is provided, including the fact of the request, notes or artifacts, with anyone but the requestor.  The exception of this confidentiality is only as legally required.  Faculty may, of course, discuss their OFA feedback services.

Depending on the interests of the instructor, feedback can take one of six forms: observation, observation with video, microteaching, module development, eLearning Feedback, or Student Small Group Analysis (SGA).

Observation

At a mutually convenient time, someone will observe your class and later review observation notes with you.

Video with Observation

Videotaping gives instructors insight into their use of space, timing, non-verbal communication, and engagement with students. After a class taping, instructors are given the video file for their private review, along with a viewing guide to help focus review.  We are happy to review the video with instructors, if requested.

Video without Observation

Videotaping is also available without the presence of anyone but the student technician.  In this arrangement, a technician positioned in the back of the room records the class.  The technician focuses on the instructor, but can also capture a record of student actions during the class if instructed to do so.  At the end of the class, the teacher will be given the file and encouraged to view it while using the viewing guide prepared of the Office of Faculty Advancement.

Student Small Group Analysis (SGA)

In SGA, a OFA representative organizes students into small goups to discuss their learning in the course while the instructor is not present. Using the questions listed below, SGAprovides instructors with early and extensive feedback from students, enabling insight that does not typically emerge from end-of-term student ratings and comments. SGA is most effective if the visit occurs between the fifth and ninth week of classes.  The OFA representative will summarize student feedback and provide it to the instructor in writing during a conference. 

  • What in-class activities have been most helpful to your learning?  For example, a lecture, group assignment, discussion, or other activity.
  • What homework or out-of-class activities have been most helpful to your learning?
  • What learning methods would you benefit from doing more of?  
  • What learning methods would you benefit from doing less of? 

Microteaching

Through a microteaching practice session, an instructor can practice a new classroom teaching mini-lesson or activity for model students (OFA student assistants) and an OFA staff member will provide feedback. These sessions are ideal for trying out new teaching approaches.

Hybrid or Online Instruction Feedback

Through a microteaching practice session, an instructor can practice a new classroom teaching mini-lesson or activity for model students (OFA student assistants) and an OFA staff member will provide feedback. These sessions are ideal for trying out new teaching approaches.

Module Development

Instructors can arrange for a consultation with an OFA representative to strategize about teaching a module or other aspect of a course.

 

Call Faculty Advancement at 973-65-LEARN (655-3276) or email faculty@montclair.edu to arrange for feedback service.