While many faculty have completed one or more Quality Matters courses to improve course design, it makes sense to also provide support in online course facilitation. We offer workshops each semester as well as our SuperSkills Series each fall to share online facilitation best practices. Another way to improve facilitation is through peer evaluations. Face-to-face classes rely on peer reviews of teaching to promote quality classroom interactions. UWG Online has adapted Penn State's Peer Review Guide for Online Teaching formative assessment tool as the best online corollary to sitting in a classroom observing a peer teach. UWG Online's Peer Review Guide for Online Courses is based on Chickering and Gamson's work on the “Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education,” a summary of 50 years of higher education research that addresses good teaching and learning practices. The seven principles of good practice in education are:

  1. Encourages contact between students and faculty;
  2. Develops reciprocity and cooperation among students;
  3. Encourages active learning;
  4. Gives prompt feedback;
  5. Emphasizes time on task;
  6. Communicates high expectations;
  7. Respects diverse talents and ways of learning

To support faculty in using this tool, we are offering a summer program in which faculty will learn about this model and then review a peer's course.

What we will do
In this summer program, you will meet for 90 minutes with other UWG faculty, either face-to-face or via Google Hangouts, to review UWGs adaptation of Penn State's Peer Review Guide for Online Teaching formative assessment tool. After discussing the use of this assessment tool and reviewing completed reviews and best practices, faculty members will be paired up so that each faculty member will review another faculty member's online course. Courses will be reviewed over the following week and then faculty members will meet to discuss their reviews. This is a low-risk evidentiary source for your reviews and P & T portfolios. Faculty members who attend both meetings and complete a review will receive a Professional Development Certificate of Completion.

Where and When
Interested faculty are invited to attend our meeting in the Online Faculty Development Center (ground floor of the Old Auditorium) or to connect with us via Google Hangouts on ​​July 11, 2017 from 10:30 - 12:00 PM. All course reviews and follow-up meetings will be expected to be completed by July 22 (last day of summer sessions).

Please contact Beth Rene Roepnack, if you have any questions: 678-839-5237 or broepnac@westga.edu

Interested faculty should complete the Peer Review for Online Teaching registration form by July 7, 2017.