Evaluation of Teaching
1. “Guidelines for Effective Classroom Observations” (online article) condenses seven “overall guidelines” distilled from Nancy Chism’s Peer Review of Teaching (1st edition available in the Faculty of Education Library at 371.144 C54) .
2. “Evidence of Evidence-Based Teaching” (online article) outlines six specific observations by which peer-assessment of evidence-based instruction may be measured.
3. Two “observation checklist” tools:
The Office of Institutional Analysis is responsible for the administration of SFT surveys, which are conducted for each section of a course in which there is a minimum class size of five.
For most courses that run over 1 or 2 terms, feedback will take place during the second and third last weeks of class1.
Results for past SFT surveys in aggregate for the entire university are published annually and are publicly available.
However, in accordance with the Senate policy on Student Feedback on Teaching at Lakehead University, it’s at each professor’s discretion on whether they wish to make their individual SFT scores publicly available.
The SFT provides an opportunity to give feedback on the quality of instruction and course content received during your studies. Professors take the feedback seriously and use it to enhance how they design and teach courses.
Professors are seeking respectful and constructive feedback, just as a student expects when having their own work evaluated. Scroll down to see our Frequently Asked Questions section for guidance on constructive feedback.
All responses are anonymous and results are only provided to professors after final marks are submitted.
Beyond the SFT, students who believe they had an outstanding professor (or professors) can provide additional feedback and recognition by nominating them for a Contribution to Teaching Award.