Evaluating Online Teaching In The “Zoom-U” Era
Challenge - How to observe and evaluate teachers for quality online courses
Imagine the department chairperson or dean at your institution who is responsible for observing and evaluating online teaching—but who has never taught online himself or herself. Now call to mind all of your colleagues who jumped into live remote-video sessions during the global pandemic—and they all think that replicating the face-to-face classroom is what online teaching is all about. Well, um, no.
If you can’t get those colleagues to attend this webinar, stop by yourself and get some powerful “secret boss training” and ways to talk with colleagues so you can bring the rate and quality of observations of online offerings (asynchronous or remote-live) up to match those for face-to-face courses.
Online teaching, whether it happens live or asynchronously, is different from face-to-face teaching in one key aspect: we have to observe and evaluate teaching separately from the design of the course and materials. In this webinar, you will learn the secret to making this distinction, in a way that you can share with your colleagues who are responsible for observing and assessing online teaching.
Faculty members and administrators are often daunted by the prospect of observing teachers in the online classroom because they have not themselves taught online, because of the unfamiliarity of the medium, or because the amount of data is overwhelming. In this webinar, we will take a close look at how to evaluate online teachers in an effective, time-sensitive, and thorough manner. By following the 3 components outlined below, participants will be better prepared to evaluate online teaching practices, understand self and peer evaluation and recognize the benefits of evaluation in the decision-making process. In addition, participants will receive a self-evaluation tool to assist them in their online teaching practices.
This webinar will address the following 3 components:
- The Recipe for Online Teaching: What is (and isn’t) evidence of good online teaching behaviors?
- Formative Evaluation of Online Teaching: How can you use self- and peer-evaluation to help improve teaching?
- Summative Evaluation of Online Teaching: Can student ratings and administrative reviews help make difficult staffing decisions?
- Define the core instructor behaviors that denote effective online teaching
- Design questions to add to standard student rating forms
- Complete a self-evaluation to help improve online teaching
- List five key online teaching behaviors that nearly always “count” toward employment/promotion decisions
- 2-year & 4-year institutions
- Academic Affairs/Instruction
- Faculty (full and part-time)
- Dean of Instruction
- Department Chairs
- Online Learning Administrators & Staff
- Faculty who teach or plan to teach online/hybrid courses
- Online Learning Professionals
- Instructional Designers
By focusing on just three teaching practices, you can reduce online-student questions, avoid common online-class pitfalls, and increase student retention, satisfaction, and performance.
Thomas J. Tobin is a founding member of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Teaching, Learning, & Mentoring (CTLM), as well as an internationally recognized scholar, author, and speaker on quality in technology-mediated education, especially copyright, teaching evaluation, academic integrity, and accessibility/universal design for learning.
He holds master’s and Ph.D. degrees in English literature, a master’s degree in information science, and certifications in project management (PMP), online teaching (MOT), Quality Matters (QM), and accessibility (CPACC) He recently completed the Penn State Academic Leadership Academy.
Named to Ed Tech Magazine’s 2020 “Dean’s List” of Educational Technology Influencers, Tom serves on the editorial boards of InSight: A Journal of Scholarly Teaching and the Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration.
His books include:
- Evaluating Online Teaching: Implementing Best Practices (2015) with Jean Mandernach and Ann H. Taylor.
- The Copyright Ninja (2017).
- Reach Everyone, Teach Everyone: Universal Design for Learning in Higher Education (2018) with Kirsten Behling.
- Going Alt-Ac: A Guide to Alternative Academic Careers (2020) with Katie Linder and Kevin Kelly.
- UDL for FET Practitioners: Guidance for Implementing Universal Design for Learning in Irish Further Education and Training (2021) with Ann Heelan and Dara Ryder.
Find him on Twitter @ThomasJTobin, and at thomasjtobin.com.
Bio current as of February, 2022.
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