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Part 2: Collect and Analyze Feedback on Your Teaching

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:

  • Distribute a one-page survey to participants at the end of your teaching session. This Teaching Evaluation Survey Template (.docx) can be utilized in designing your own survey.
  • Invite participants to complete an online survey after the teaching session. Here are some strategies and tips for conducting online surveys for teaching feedback.
  • Invite participants to a focus group discussion, led either by you or by a colleague. The focus group might focus on discussion about the nature of your teaching, including successes and areas for improvement. Here are some strategies and tips for leading a focus group for teaching feedback.
  • Have a colleague, faculty member, Educational Developer (ED) or an Educational Development Associate (EDA) conduct an observation of your teaching. Note: Because the observing ED/EDA would provide written record of their observations and sit down with you afterwards to discuss their feedback, you would be meeting Step 1 and 2 of collecting and analyzing feedback on your teaching. To arrange an observation, please email the CTL at ctl@queensu.ca.

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:

  • An ED or EDA at the Centre for Teaching and Learning (Please email ctl@queensu.ca to arrange a meeting)
  • A supervisor or supervisory committee member
  • A faculty member who was in attendance at your teaching session(s)
  • Another TA or the Lead/Head TA of the course you taught for
  • A peer from your program or department

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.

 

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