Support for Teaching

Teaching for Learning Center’s Review of Teaching Modules

Engage in new Canvas courses designed to give faculty and graduate instructors the foundational knowledge needed for navigating MU’s new recommended review of teaching processes.

Next, after completing the Canvas modules, join fellow colleagues in live conversation about the review of teaching, and engage in practice activities to grow your confidence in applying the new processes and tools.

 

General Support & Resources

  • The T4LC (Teaching for Learning Center) houses many of the resources you may need regarding teaching support.
  • For faculty teaching online courses or in online programs, you will also want to consider the supports from Missouri Online.
  • All of the documents from the Task Force to Enhance Learning and Teaching (TFELT), which informed campus policies, can be found here.

 

Student Feedback

MU is currently developing a new student feedback on teaching survey. A draft of this tool is being tested in Spring 2022 and we will evaluate the testing at the end of the semester. We hope to launch the finalized survey campus-wide for Fall 2022 courses.

Beginning in Spring 2022, ARC (Assessment Resource Center) will flash a banner in Canvas for one week to invite faculty to collect early-semester feedback from students, through MOCAT (Missouri Cares About Teaching).

 

Peer Feedback and Evaluation

There are two kinds of peer evaluation: formative and summative. Faculty should engage with both kinds of peer evaluation and use the T4LC’s robust set of resources and supports regarding both kinds of peer evaluation.

The Provost has asked Deans to encourage departments that do not yet already have a system for performing summative peer reviews to adopt the system for conducting summative peer reviews as laid out by TFELT. Departments that already do this work well should consider adopting relevant parts of the summative peer review process and tool so as to address their needs, but they are also free to continue performing these reviews in the manner that best suits their department.

The Provost recommends that new faculty in years 1 & 2 (and if not on an accelerated schedule) only do formative peer reviews, and that faculty who have completed their last promotion do at least one summative peer review every 5 years.

 

Self Reflection

The Provost recommends that all faculty do a teaching self reflection for a course annually. A section on “Teaching Self Reflection” now appears in the myVita annual self evalation. Faculty can fill out the self reflection form at any point in the year. It is best to access it though the myVita page on the Provost website, under “Updates for 2021-22.” Chairs will need to read and comment on these self reflections in their annual reviews of faculty. There is guidance in myVita for Chairs on how to read and respond to these.