At Old Dominion University we pride ourselves on excellent teaching, and we offer multiple ways to enhance teaching and learning in the classroom. One of these methods involves asking Center for Faculty Development (CFD) staff to observe you as you teach. These consultations and observations are designed to help teachers become more reflective and skilled professionals. Classroom consultations are available for all teaching faculty inclusive of graduate student teaching assistants, adjuncts, lecturers, tenure-track, and tenured faculty. We welcome you to the Center for discussions about teaching and how you can become a more effective instructor.
The CFD's teaching observation process is both systematic and iterative. The goals of observation are to:
Support faculty and aid them in reflecting on their teaching practices;
Share best practices, high-impact practices, and innovative strategies for enhancing instruction;
create targeted professional development opportunities; and,
foster mentoring opportunities so that faculty members can share knowledge and experiences with one another. There are two forms of observation possible involving a standard or long-term process. These processes are explained below: