small group instructional diagnosis


  • This evaluation must be given at the midpoint of the semester in October or March

    A consultant from CTE will visit a class for 50-75 minutes and, without the instructor being
    present, ask the students three questions about the class: 1) what has helped them learn, 2)
    what has made learning difficult, and 3) what suggestions do they have for change.
    Small groups of students discuss and answer these questions. The consultant meets with the instructor and passes on this information.

  • Prior to our appointment, please announce to your students that a visitor will be
    coming and that they need to show up to class on time
  • We strongly encourage you to introduce the evaluation to your class that day; please read our philosophy page, and feel free to use it as a reference in your introduction (click here)
  • At least 50 minutes of class time are needed to complete the evaluation
  • Please make sure a working overhead projector is available in the room

  • You will need to arrange a follow-up consultation within a week following the evaluation;
    debriefing normally lasts around 30-40 minutes.

Availability: October and March

SGID Evaluation Service Request
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mid-semester evaluation for online courses

For our online course mid-semester evaluations, CTE will provide a master copy of
comment forms (with the above three Small Group questions) which will be emailed as
a Google form individually to your students. Students will then anonymously answer
questions on what is going well with the course of what may need clarification or
improvement. The instructor will then schedule a 15 minute wiki-consultation with a
CTE consultant either face-to-face or using Skype or Blackboard Collaborate to review
and discuss the results.

Online Course Observation

Upon request, a CTE staff member will visit a class session to observe the teaching process,
then conduct a peer review using the rubric & criteria for the online teaching award. A follow-up
session is scheduled with the CTE consultant either online or face to face to discuss the
observations and recommendations.

Availability: Fall, Spring, and Summer Sessions

Online Evaluation Service Request
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paper & pencil assessment

CTE will provide a master copy of comment forms (with the above three Small Group
questions) which can be duplicated and distributed to your class. Students
anonymously answer questions on what is going well with the course of what may
need clarification or improvement. The instructor should review the forms and look for
key comments or student consensus. Forms may be delivered to the Center for Teaching Excellence, Kuykendall 107, for compilation to assure anonymity. Please make arrangements with us: cte@hawaii.edu
*A follow up consultation with CTE staff is optional

Availability: October and March

P&P Evaluation Service Request
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classroom observation

Upon request, a CTE staff member will visit a class session to observe the teaching process and
conduct a peer review. A follow-up session is scheduled with the CTE consultant to discuss the
observations and recommendations.

  • • Classroom observations are scheduled for 50 minutes; if your class runs longer please select which portion you are most interested in having observed.
  • • Your consultant will arrive 5 minutes before class and take a seat with the class; it is your discretion as whether or not you want to acknowledge his/her presence to your students.
  • • You will need to arrange a follow-up consultation within than a week following the evaluation; debriefing normally lasts around 30-40 mins.

Availability: Throughout the semester except October and March

Observation Evaluation Service Request
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locate us

Center for Teaching Excellence
Kuykendall Hall 107
1733 Donaghho Rd
University of Hawai'i at Manoa
Honolulu HI 96822

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Telephone: 808-956-6978


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