Collecting formalized feedback on your teaching is a helpful for identifying successful teaching practices and areas for improvement. It can also be used to measure your development as an instructor over time.
For Part 2 of the Certificate in Practical Experience, you are required to engage in the collection and analysis of formalized feedback from the teaching experience gained in Part 1. This involves two steps:
Step 1: Collect Feedback on the Teaching Experience Gained in Part 1
There are many ways in which one could formally collect feedback on teaching. Consider the following approaches to collecting feedback:
To obtain the Certificate in Practical Experience, engage in one of the above approaches for collecting feedback on your teaching experience. Complete Part 2, Step 1 of the Checklist for Submission.
Step 2: Analyze Collected Feedback
Now that you have collected your feedback, it’s time to make sense of it. This can be both an independent activity and a collegial activity – as you grow and develop as an instructor it is important to review feedback yourself but it is also important to gain mentorship from others within academia. Collegial relationships and mentorship are integral features of the university culture – they are in place to foster development of academic skills such as teaching and research. After you have engaged in a review of your feedback independently, seek out a colleague or mentor with whom you can discuss your teaching experiences. This colleague or mentor may be:
Overall, you will want to choose someone who values teaching and supports your growth as an instructor. Someone you recognize as a teaching mentor (someone who wow’s you in the classroom) is a great person to approach. Your discussion may focus on what you felt was successful about your teaching experience and why, what was challenging about your teaching experience and why, the areas for improvement you have identified and some possible avenues for development and growth, or the teaching feedback you collected.
To obtain the Certificate in Practical Experience, analyze your feedback both independently and via discussion with a colleague or mentor as detailed above. Complete Part 2, Step 2 of the Checklist for Submission. Please note that the colleague or mentor you met with will be required to sign the checklist. Additionally, here are some helpful strategies for analyzing teaching feedback.