February 12, 2018
On February 7 and 8, more than 300 faculty members from across campus participated in UT Austin’s second Eyes on Teaching, a two-day event designed to strengthen the culture of teaching and learning across the university.
Eyes on Teaching is an initiative of the Provost’s Office supported by the Provost’s Teaching Fellows. Over the course of two days, Eyes on Teaching provided an opportunity for faculty to visit other classrooms and observe different teaching styles and learning environments. This year 72 classes were available for observation.
“Eyes on Teaching is one of my favorite events of the year. It was so successful last year and it is has been fun to watch it grow and evolve,” said Cynthia Labrake, chair of the Provost’s Teaching Fellows. “This year we also had a visitor from the University of South Carolina who was sent by her dean to learn how to run a campus-wide teaching observation event modeled after Eyes on Teaching.”
The structure of the event allows for defined roles: docent, visitor and host. Provost’s Teaching Fellows and staff from the Faculty Innovation Center served as the Eyes on Teaching docents. After each class visit, the docents facilitated meaningful conversation between the faculty about their observations. This type of dialogue will help advance continuous improvement in teaching and learning on the Forty Acres.
For more information about Eyes on Teaching, visit: provost.utexas.edu/eyes-on-teaching