Allowing others to Shadow Your Online Course

Faculty wanting to observe others courses for ideas on structure, usability, and layout are able to request access here. *


Faculty Peer Review of Online Teaching

The peer review of teaching—like the peer review of research—is a widely accepted mechanism for promoting and assuring quality academic work. The peer review process in resident instruction typically involves a faculty reviewer observing a peer’s classroom. The reviewer then summarizes her observations and submits them here.

To address the need for online course peer review we have designed, implemented, and assessed a peer review process for online teaching. The Peer Review Guide for Online Teaching at South Plains College is based on the Exemplary Course Rubric used by Blackboard. While instruments such as end-of-course surveys provide a measure of student satisfaction with a course, the SPC Guide for Online Teaching provides a useful framework to evaluate the effectiveness of online teaching. Beginning with Shadowing, then Team Up, and finally Gold Star Training.

The Peer Review Guide for Online Teaching at South Plains College is composed of two parts:

  1. An Instructor Input Form to be completed for the reviewer (instructor) by the reviewee (observer) in advance of the peer review, and
  2. The actual Peer Review Guide for Online Teaching is to be completed by the reviewer during the peer review. The peer reviewer has two weeks to observe and submit the online form.

Faculty who volunteer to have their courses reviewed are listed here.

Observers will gain understanding of the Superior Course Rubric, increase familiarity with the Blackboard structure, and provide student engagement ideas. Observers will be allowed in the course for a period of two weeks. They agree to only observe. They will not edit, contribute, or be visible to others in the course, save the class enrollment list.


* Faculty can add observers to courses at their own discretion. How to add an Observer in Your Course