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Giving Peer Feedback on Teaching: Trust, Reciprocity & Data

The right kind of peer evaluations can make you a better instructor and a better colleague. This seminar prepares you to guide the kind of feedback conversation that leads to better teaching and increased learning.



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Resolve the Criticism Conundrum: Harnessing Feedback for Good

Sure, some people are born diplomats.

They always say the right things in the right way at the right time. In their words, a criticism feels like a compliment.

Then there are the rest of us who sometimes manage to spin well-meaning suggestions into judgments that hurt more than they help.

Or we get so muddle-mouthed that others miss the message or ignore us.

Navigating the criticism minefield is especially tricky when it comes to our peers. Too often when we are asked to review our peers in order to help them develop their skills, we fail to deliver meaningful feedback and manage only to either alienate them or leave them unchallenged in the process.

The exercise can be uncomfortable for both sides.

You need a few key tools and ways to ask questions to help you reframe your approach and deliver feedback that helps other instructors both build on their strengths and identify opportunities for their improvement.

And that is what you will find in Giving Peer Feedback on Teaching: Trust, Reciprocity & Data.


In this Magna Online Seminar discover that productive feedback doesn’t have to focus on or ignore shortcomings and weaknesses.

With just a few tweaks of your approach and some new strategies, your peer feedback can become a more positive experience for both sides.

After participating in Giving Peer Feedback on Teaching: Trust, Reciprocity & Data, you will know how to prepare to evaluate your peers, how to set up and conduct a thorough evaluation, and how to hold a positive, productive conversation after reviewing materials or classes.

You will finish this seminar with:

  • The ability and tools to create your own evaluation plan
  • A model for evaluating an instructors teaching materials
  • A template for classroom observation notes
  • Sample questions to incorporate into your own feedback practices
  • An understanding of how to connect feedback to mutually agreed-upon goals, standards, and criteria

Topics Covered

This seminar prepares you to guide the kind of feedback conversation that leads to better teaching and increased learning. The core practices and strategies are drawn from a breadth of faculty development literature, counseling psychology research, conflict resolution tactics, and the cognitive science of mindfulness.

These are approaches grounded in data, and they have been borne out in actual dialogues. In other words, they work.

A few central strategies and insights can make a marked difference in the way your feedback is received and the improvement that it generates. More simply, this seminar puts feedback in perspective so that you see its potential as a genuine tool for improvement and not as a strictly judgmental process, while acknowledging inevitable judgments.


This seminar is a must for anyone who might be expected to evaluate peers on their teaching styles, materials, or even uses of technology.

It gives you the tools you need to deliver the kind of feedback that your peers want to get—the kind that actually advances learning by peers and students alike and increases professional satisfaction while keeping collegial relationships intact or even making them stronger.

Giving Peer Feedback on Teaching: Trust, Reciprocity & Data is particularly useful for:

  • Instructors
  • Professors
  • Department chairs
  • Deans
  • Directors of centers for teaching and learning
  • Instructional designers
  • Academic technologists
  • Vice presidents of student services
  • Instructional librarians


Order this program today because higher education institutions are increasingly turning to peer review as a means to improve the learning environment and increase student success.

Product Code: PC14KA


Campus Access License

With the purchase of the optional Campus Access License (or Group License when ordering online), registrants are granted a license to download the program contents to a password-protected network, server, or website for additional staff use. You will receive information on downloading the contents of the program within 3-5 business days.


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