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Small Group Analysis and Teaching Observation

Modified: October 17, 2016

Interested in getting feedback on your teaching? Trained graduate students at the Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching can observe classrooms and gather student feedback to help you evaluate your work.

Small Group Analysis

The Small Group Analysis (SGA) is a confidential service that provides instructors with early and extensive student feedback. Through a structured twenty minute discussion with students, Graduate Teaching Consultants gather feedback for faculty, postdoctoral fellow, and graduate student instructors. SGAs often offer invaluable insights that do not emerge in end-of-term ratings and comments. 

Interested instructors are recommended to request an SGA before or through mid-term, ideally during weeks 4 to 6. Questions? Contact Stephanie to learn more. 

Teaching Observation

Teaching observations are a confidential service that provides tailored feedback to any TA or instructor on her or his teaching practice. A trained graduate student will meet with you beforehand to discuss areas for feedback, observe your class noting teaching methods and interactions, and provide detailed oral and written observation feedback. Teaching observations are a valuable service to help TAs and instructors understand their strengths as an instructor and areas for improvement.

Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows can request a teaching observation anytime during a course. 

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