CLICK HERE for link to Nov. 19, 2013 Memo from Faculty Senate Teaching Effectiveness and Development Committee

CLICK HERE for link to policy proposal passed at UTEP Faculty Senate on Nov. 26, 2013


2014 Peer observation form developed by AT(Varela) and CETaL(Lesser) for an online course:

2013 Meeuwsen/Lesser observation form 

CETaL 2006 peer observation booklet (

Remember that the peer observation process is more than just observing a single class meeting.  It includes a pre-observation conversation with the instructor (see the first page of the Meeuwsen/Lesser instrument, for example) to ascertain context for what is to be observed and to give the instructor a chance to request attention to any particular dynamic where feedback would be most helpful.  It also generally includes a post-observation debriefing in which the instructor and observer are able to discuss, interpret, and further contextualize what happened during the class.  Finally, the instructor should engage in reflection, at least informally, on what was learned by the overall process and formulate a plan for improvement.

Click HERE for some considerations for doing peer observation of an online course


Click HERE to see slides of CETaL’s Sept. 22, 2016 workshop by Larry Lesser.

Academic units less experienced at conducting structured peer observations with a specific instrument may want to consider advance training. One way is for evaluators to gather and watch, say, a 10-minute YouTube excerpt of a college class in an appropriate discipline, and each person independently uses a previously agreed upon common instrument. Then, compare and contrast what people observed to self-calibrate and become more comfortable with the nuances of using the instrument. This conversation may even inspire a modification to the instrument. Other academic units may feel a greater need to train themselves on the overall process (see above section), perhaps by role playing a pre/post conversation, or even witnessing a real one between two experienced instructors who consent to having observers at their meeting.