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Observation Process

All adjunct faculty at College of DuPage take part in the observation process and newly hired adjunct faculty will be observed within their first year of teaching. Our office will contact you to set up a day/time to observe your course and will ask that you confirm the observation with us. The observation steps are outlined below and we have also included detailed observation instructions for your convenience. 

Pre-Observation Steps

Once the observation has been confirmed, you can complete the Pre-Observation form. The Pre-Observation Form invites you to articulate your classroom objectives and methods of assessment and provides the observer with a sense of what your priorities and intentions are.  The form is expected to be shared with the observer no later than 24 hours prior to the observation. 

Observation

For face-to-face, hybrid, and courses with virtual class meetings (VCM), the observer will arrive to your class before the start time. The observation lasts approximately 50 minutes of class time, regardless of the length of the class. For asynchronous courses, (NET) the observer will indicate the time frame where they will be logging into your Blackboard course shell. The observer will complete a report assessing various teaching and learning strategies.

Post-Observation Info

After the observation report has been released by the observer, a post-observation conference will be scheduled at your convenience. The Adjunct Faculty Support (AFS) office will host the conference. The Dean and department chair/coordinator is invited to the conference. The purpose of the conference is to have a supportive, constructive conversation about teaching effectiveness.  An additional intended outcome of the conference is for adjunct faculty to identify professional development goals with continued support from the division and AFS. 

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