Observe, Reflect, Learn: Developing a Peer Teaching Observation Program in Your Library

This post corresponds with my presentation at the Canadian Library Assessment Workshop on Friday, October 27, 2017 in Victoria, British Columbia.

Slides: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1Stx0qmaKZRM4SIGqoH9N3dqUMzNMCmHzJfuX8YYhr7M/edit?usp=sharing

 

Scenario – Leave No Trace

You are the Assessment Librarian at a large university with a team of a dozen instruction librarians. Everyone is excited to embark on a new peer observation program–except Barbara. She’s had problems with the Dean in the past and is convinced that the Dean will use the observation process to terminate her. She agrees to participate in the observation program–as long as there is no record of her observation.

How do you proceed?

 

 

Scenario – No News for the Newbie

You are a new instruction librarian at a small college with an established peer observation program. The observation process just consists of a simple checklist that faculty fill out and file with the Library Director. Your observer is Terry, an instruction librarian who has been at the library for 30 years and will retire in the spring. He shows up to your class 10 minutes after it starts, and submits the observation checklist to your Director without letting you see it first.

How do you proceed?

 

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