Talk:Reflective Teaching: Evaluating Your Own Instruction

"30 Questions" Link Leads Here
ERIC Article Link Leads Here

Mod 11 Peer Evals

Comments on Unit 1 - Ray Boss - Nov 21

Eval Criteria

  • Learning outcomes: Learning objective is clear and matches with portfolio page.
  • Content-goal consistency: Goals and content match well.
  • Instructional sequencing: Content sequence is logical but I felt like the key ideas section was isolated as a stand-alone section. Maybe you could connect those key ideas to the rest of the lesson more strongly. Some possibilities might include asking participants to reflect on specific ideas in the subsequent reflective journaling activity, or putting the key ideas first and having students look for connections as they watch the video (On the other hand, as an intro unit, maybe your key ideas should stand alone. Depends on what you're going for here).
  • Engagement and interaction: Good visual engagement. Appropriate headings. Activities were mostly engaging, again, the key ideas section felt a bit disconnected from the rest of the page.
  • Technical quality: I had two issues with links under the 'further study' heading. The "Thirty Questions Link" lead me to a 404 error (top right). All navigation links within KNILT are functional. Also, the link to the Reflective Thinking and Teaching Practices article lead to an ERIC database page (bottom right) with no link to any articles. I found the article after searching the title, but if it's possible, it would be nice to link directly to the PDF or some other host page. This is the PDF page I found
  • Extended resources (10%): Good use of external sources, some technical issues, see above.

Other Comments

  • Small clarification - Do you want to directly encourage participants to collaborate and respond to discussion posts? You say "Other participants and/or the instructor will respond to your questions" but you don't directly encourage the reader to respond, only to post.
  • Nice images and header icons. Do you mind if I steal a few of those?
  • The page looks nice. Is there anything else in particular that you want to hear thoughts on?

-- Bwest (talk) 12:37, 21 November 2014 (EST)

Hi Ray,

Thanks for the wonderful feedback. I was feeling that the "key ideas" section needs to be integrated a little differently. Also, thanks for checking out the links and providing the images with the error messages. I am going to lead learners to the PDF as you suggested.

Also feel free to use the icons - they are open source! The link to the website where I downloaded them is at the bottom of my portfolio page.

Best, Brandon

-- Ray Boss (talk) 20:59, 21 November 2014 (EST)

Sounds good. I don't think there are any other required peer reviews, but I'd be more than happy to exchange another round closer to the project due date. Feel free to shoot me an email if you want to bounce any ideas. - Ray

instructor comment on your mini-course -- Jianwei Zhang (talk) 15:00, 1 December 2014 (EST)


Your mini-course is professional designed and presented. I can see your thoughtful work in the instructional analysis, design, and content/activity organization, material creation, even down to the level of cosmetic details of page layout. The mini-course addresses each of the criteria of this project well. Outstanding work!

A thought: reading your unit 2 on evaluating teaching, I wonder why you did not mention peer observation, which is less intrusive than external evaluation. Peer observation and lesson study is a very important reflective teaching strategy: