Center of Excellence for Teaching & Learning

Classroom Observations

The Center of Excellence for Teaching and Learning (CETL) conducts classroom observations at the request of faculty who are interested in receiving feedback on their teaching effectiveness. These are not only valuable professional development opportunities, but offer strong evidence of efforts to improve teaching for the LRT process. The results of these observations are considered confidential - it is up to the discretion of the individual faculty member to decide whether to include them in LRT documents. To schedule a classroom observation, contact the CETL at cetl@suu.edu or 435-586-5408.

The basic procedure for CETL classroom observations is as follows:

  1. CETL personnel will meet with the faculty member prior to the class visit, at which time the faculty member will describe:
    • The course and students.
    • His/her basic teaching philosophy.
    • What techniques are used in the classroom.
    • The topic and learning goals for the day of the visit.
  2. CETL personnel will attend one class meeting.
  3. CETL personnel will meet with the faculty member within 24 hours after the class visit to discuss:
    • What was done well and what could be improved upon.
    • Whether the goals for the class that day were achieved.
  4. The CETL will provide two official letters that may be included in LRT documents at the faculty member’s discretion.
    • One letter will document that a classroom observation was conducted, but not include an assessment. This can be included in LRT documents if the faculty member wishes to document efforts to improve teaching but does not want to share the evaluation itself.
    • One letter will include an assessment of the classroom observation. This can be included in LRT documents if the faculty member wishes to use the assessment as evidence of effective teaching.to use the assessment as evidence of effective teaching.to use the assessment as evidence of effective teaching.