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Peer Observation for Teaching Assessment The College of Agricultural Consumer and Environmental Sciences values teaching Improving instruction in the classrooms and laboratories should lead to enhanced learning for the students the ultimate goal of education The College has sponsored and conducted a wide variety of activities and programs that encourage recognize and reward excellence in teaching The Peer Observation for Teaching Assessment program was developed by faculty in the College as a means to assess teaching in addition to the collection of student feedback through ICES The term assessment is important peer observation for teaching assessment is not an evaluation measure for summative information but a formative measure designed to help teachers improve This five step model for teaching assessment was designed by the College in close collaboration with the Office of Instructional Resources Division of Instructional Development Since its inception in 1997 more than 100 administrators faculty research associates and graduate students have participated in the peer assessment activities The program has been funded by the Provost s Initiative on Teaching Assessment the UIUC Teaching Advancement Board ACES Academic Programs the ACES Academy of Teaching Excellence and the Warren K Wessels Endowment PEER OBSERVATION OF TEACHING Guidelines to the Five Part System Practice Observation Observers can look for a number of things that do not require a pre observation conference Essentially the observer wants to gain a sense of being in someone else s classroom and the instructor wants to become comfortable with having an observer in the classroom PITA participant teams course participants and their mentors are encouraged to sit in on each other s classes as a warm up to the five part peer observation system outlined below Part 1 Identification The identification portion of peer observation is designed to help participants understand the instructional goals associated

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