Classroom Observations

Whether you are implementing a new teaching strategy, trying to solve a teaching challenge, or simply would like to check in with a colleague in order to reflect on your teaching, a classroom observation can provide valuable feedback from an outside perspective on your classroom teaching behaviors and environment.

When you request a teaching observation, a CAT consultant will contact you to discuss your needs and the set up an appropriate date to observe your class, lab, studio, clinic, or other teaching environment. We can also observe your online course, with an eye both towards the learning situation and the technology employed.

Please fill out this form to request that a classroom observation be performed by a CAT Faculty Developer or Educational Technology Specialist. If you have questions regarding classroom observations, please email


Mid-Semester Instructional Diagnosis

Sometimes what you really need is a solid sense of what the students think about the classroom. Instructional Diagnosis is a set of protocols by which a CAT consultant comes to your class and spends 30-35 minutes determining the students' sense of the learning situation. This process normally occurs between weeks 4 and 8 of a typical semester, as that window gives students the time needed to have an informed opinion about the class, while still giving you time to make adjustments to the courseplan should they be needed.
You can request an instructional diagnosis by calling the Center for the Advancement of Teaching at 215-204-8761 or by emailing us at Please make your request at least 2 weeks in advance.
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