ERIC Number: ED339432
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
Part-Time, Off-Campus Instructors: A Support Program for Improving Teaching Effectiveness.
In spring 1986, Lincoln Land Community College (LLCC) initiated a program to provide part-time, off-campus instructors with the professional support required to improve teaching effectiveness. The plan involved training 14 "master teachers" to function as evaluators of part-time, off-campus instructors. Master teachers have a minimum of 5 years of "successful" teaching experience (i.e., they received excellent/superior ratings on student and administrative evaluations). During the academic year, each part-time, off-campus instructor is visited by an evaluator with expertise in the evaluatee's discipline. The evaluator rates the observed teaching behaviors and prepares a summary of the instructor's teaching strengths and weaknesses. After the evaluation, the evaluator confers with the evaluatee to construct a plan for teaching improvement. Following a review of the program, the bulk of the paper consists of seven sections with guidelines for improving instructional effectiveness in the classroom. These sections include: (1) "On Excellence in Teaching"; (2) "Creating a Climate for Learning"; (3) "Effective Classroom Observation Techniques"; (4) "Motivating Students"; (5) "The Feedback Lecture," including strategies for teaching listening and notetaking skills, sample discussion questions, and lecture outlines; (6) "Effective Discussions," reviewing affective learning objectives, and tactics for questioning and promoting student participation; and (7) "The Question," including methods for developing probing questions and tactics for fielding student responses and student questions. (PAA)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Collegiality, Community Colleges, Evaluation Methods, Guides, Instructional Effectiveness, Instructional Improvement, Interprofessional Relationship, Learning Theories, Part Time Faculty, Professional Development, Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Improvement, Teaching Methods, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges (70th, Seattle, WA, April 22-25, 1990).