Evaluating Your Teaching: Video Assessment

DUE: April 10, 2014        

Do not wait until the last minute to start on this requirement!

The point of this exercise is to learn more about how to evaluate your own performance as a teacher. Viewing a video of yourself teaching can be very instructive. It's also tough work ... and you might prefer to avoid it. Nevertheless I am consistently told by students every semester that the video is one of the most beneficial activities in the class. Maybe it will help to keep that in mind.

It will be your responsibility to video yourself teaching.   It's best that the teaching situation be "real" and "recent." I do not want you to use video that you made before this semester. The video can be accomplished a number of different ways.

If you are teaching a class this semester, then you're set!  Just make arrangements to video one of your class sessions. Remember that teaching takes many forms. This does not have to be a lecture.

If you are not teaching this semester, there are other possibilities. Perhaps you can arrange to be a "guest teacher." Perhaps you will be presenting in a research seminar or making a presentation in one of your other classes this semester -- that might work. Maybe you plan to teach adults somewhere other than an academic setting. However, if none of these seem likely for you, talk with me. We'll be creative and figure something out.

It's not always sufficient to view the video by yourself.  You should also be open to getting the perspectives of a trusted colleague.  So -- for this assignment you will be working in a team of EDCI 943 classmates in pairs or triads.  We'll make arrangements for partnerships early in the semester.

There are five steps to complete.  Do not wait until late in the semester to start on this assignment! 

  • First, video your teaching.  You make arrangements to make the video.  It may be possible for one of the Center's graduate assistants to help you make the video, if you prefer.  You may check out video equipment from iTAC, or you may find it more convenient to use your department's equipment, or perhaps you have your own.  If you are uncertain about making these arrangements, let me know.  I'll help.
  • Second, you view the video.  This is the hardest step for many people, but you shouldn't put it off.  You'll learn more from the experience if you view the results within a week of making the video.  [For this reason alone, I do not want you to use video that you have made before this semester.]  Remember to consider both what went well and what you can improve.
  • Third, get your partner's impressions of your video. The point here is to get others' interpretations of what they see and hear.  Their interpretations may be quite different from your own impressions since they were not teaching.  As a collaborating colleague, it will be your responsibility to offer constructive feedback.  Again, it's always important to consider both what went well and what might be improved.  You can complete this step by either exchanging videos to watch separately or by getting together to watch each other's videos.
  • Fourth, give your video to me so that Manpreet and I can view it.  We're not viewing the video to evaluate your performance.  That's your job.  If you want our opinions, we'll share them with you ... but that's not the point of this exercise.  If you make more than one copy of the video or make it available one way or another online, then this step could be completed simultaneously with the second and/or third step.
  • Fifth, your team makes an appointment to discuss what you've learned from the experience of analyzing your teaching in the videos.  Do not schedule this meeting until you and your partner(s) have completed steps 1-4.

REMEMBER:  All five steps should be completed by April 10.  This requirement is graded as credit/no credit.  Once you have completed all five steps, you get the credit. 

.... Did you hear my suggestion that you start early on this requirement?