Extension program personnel are, above all else, teachers who take pride in expertly sharing information that clientele may use to improve their communities’ wellbeing, families’ quality of life, and businesses' success.
Because Extension educators are committed to providing our clientele with the highest quality information in the most effective ways possible, our educators are also committed to continuous improvement in their teaching skills and methods.
Extension personnel use two primary methods to monitor and evaluate their teaching effectiveness: (1) Observations and narrative assessments called Peer Evaluations of Teaching and (2) Brief surveys called Evaluation of Effective Extension Teaching forms (EEETs)
Peer Evaluations of Teaching
Extension colleagues support one another in constantly enhancing the quality of teaching by observing one another’s educational activities and then summarizing their observations and providing helpful feedback in a letter to the instrutor observed. Letters are structured around five important considerations: curriculum choice and development; how the faculty member promotes learning; faculty member's preparedness; methods of/approaches to/strategies for/instruction; use of teaching aids; and student evaluation.
In addition to describing the instructional processes witnessed, observers also provide evaluative comments including suggestions for improvement, examples of effective actions, and recommendations for areas which could be strengthened. Detailed information about Peer Evaluations of Teaching can be found in the OSU Extension Policies and Procedures Handbook.
Evaluation of Effective Extension Teaching (EEETs)
Evaluation of Effective Extension Teaching forms provide both quantitative and qualitative assessments of teaching from the learners' point of view. More information about EEETs can be found in the navigation menu to the left.