Open Classrooms

Faculty tell us that they benefit immensely when colleagues share their experiences, mistakes, and best practices with teaching. By opening the face-to-face and online classroom faculty can connect with colleagues and promote conversations about teaching - with or without technology.

Purpose: To promote open conversations about teaching among UST faculty, to permit faculty to gain exposure to new teaching strategies and approaches, to facilitate reflection on the teaching process.

Who is involved:  The instructor (faculty member being observed) and the observer (faculty member requesting a chance to observe a colleague).  The observer may be someone in the instructor’s home department, or from another department.

How should observers select a colleague and class to observe?: Observation is likely to be most useful when the observed class matches a course the observer teaches in size and level of difficulty.  An observer may choose an instructor to observe based on the teaching approach used, a particular teaching technology or strategy employed, or because his/her course is similar to a course the observer is teaching.

How to set up the observation:  Review the information on the list of Participating Faculty. Select an instructor and course you would like to observe and register using the "Request a Meeting" link.  You will be asked to comment on your purpose for observing (e.g., “I’m interested in clickers,” “I want to see how others teach in large survey classes,” or just “I’ve heard X is a great teacher”). Your request will be sent automatically to the instructor and she/he will contact you to discuss the timing of the observation, and the pre- and post-observation meetings.

Post-observation conve­rsation & coffee:  Faculty Development will provide $10 to cover costs of a beverage on- or off-campus to facilitate a conversation. 

How to connect with an Open Classroom faculty:  When you’re ready to connect with one of the participating faculty use the "Request a Meeting" link. Your request will be sent automatically to the instructor and she/he will contact you.