To provide helpful and appropriate feedback, a peer reviewer needs to understand how the teaching session fits within the context of the total course/learning experience.

Therefore, a conference should be scheduled prior to the observation. This may consist of an extended discussion, while at other times, an email or telephone conversation might suffice.

Prior to the observation period, the reviewer should gather and review items such as:

  • Syllabi
  • Instructor goals and objectives
  • Learning outcomes
  • Assignments
  • Student work
  • Teaching statement

After the observation period, the reviewer should prepare a report of the review to be used in promotion and tenure documents, as well as for the individual use of the faculty member seeking feedback.

Post-Review Meeting

The reviewer should also call a meeting with the faculty member to discuss the outcome. Questions to address in this meeting might include:

  • In general, how do you think the learning session went?
  • How did you feel about your teaching during the session?

How did you feel about the learners during the session (in relation to your goals for them)?

  • Is there anything that worked well for you – that you particularly liked? Does that usually go well?
  • Is there anything that did not work well, or that you disliked about the way the learning session went? Is that typically a problem area for you?
  • What were your teaching strengths? Did you notice anything you improved on or any personal goals you met?
  • What were your teaching problems? Are there areas that still need improvement?
  • Do you have any suggestions or strategies for improvement?


Krista Longtin

Assistant Dean for Faculty Affairs and Professional Development
Associate Professor of Communication Studies, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis