How to Evaluate Online Teaching – Three Part Webinar Series from EDUCAUSE

The Center for Innovative Learning (CIL) is hosting a three part webinar course series developed by EDUCAUSE ELI that begins February 17. The series will take place on Feb 17, 24 and March 2 from 12 noon -1:30 PM in the CIL – LIB448. The CIL is covering the registrations fee. Feel free to bring your lunch to these sessions.


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When evaluating online teaching, colleges and universities often start by locating or creating a rating form. This is one of the last steps—not the first—in designing an effective evaluation of online teaching. Before we know what online-course activities and behaviors we will measure, we must take a holistic perspective and address context-specific factors that will shape the evaluation process. The best evaluation tools in the world will not be effective if they can’t be implemented in a consistent, efficient manner that meets the needs of both faculty members and the institution.

Session 1: Developing the Skills to Evaluate Online Teaching

February 17, 12:00–1:30 p.m.

In this session, we examine a sequential decision-making process that considers the focus, nature, and purpose driving the development and implementation of a system for evaluating online teaching. Our interactions provide a foundation for creating an online teaching evaluation that meets the unique needs of each institution.

Session Activity – Participants will identify context-specific considerations of their institutions that influence the evaluation of online teaching.

Session 2: Preparing Faculty for the Evaluation Process: Informal Methods and Tools

February 24, 12:00–1:30 p.m.

Despite being able to see your students’ faces in the physical classroom, it’s difficult to sense whether they’re “getting it.” In the online classroom, this can be even trickier! Here we’ll look at a number of different strategies for getting online teaching feedback that can be used to inform practice.

Session Activity – Participants will examine the feedback tools shared in this session and share how they might adapt one of these (or another they identify) for their own purposes.

Session 3: Formal Evaluation: Peer and Administrative Evaluation of Online Teaching

March 2, 12:00–1:30 p.m.

Participants will build on the skills from Sessions 1 and 2 to construct a campus plan for evaluating online teaching for employment decisions (promotion, tenure, adjunct continuation). We will examine goals for summative evaluation, role-play administrative observations, and review five places to look online for evidence of teaching behaviors.

Session Activity – Participants will examine two online courses and apply the 5-places-to-look criteria to their observations.