Peer Review of Online Course Design and Instructional Behaviors: Expectations and Outcomes
Abstract: Online learning has become an integral component of higher education with 31.6 % of all college students (over 6 million) participating in online courses (Seaman, Allen, and Seaman, 2018). While the exponential growth of online courses has been focused on meeting the needs of students, little research exists that examines instructor effectiveness (Thomas, 2018). Additionally, many of the current online evaluation models focus on the design of the courses while overlooking online instructional behaviors of course instructors. The purpose of this proposed roundtable presentation is to initiate a dialogue on this topic, from the perspective of both the peer reviewer and the faculty member being reviewed. Faculty members teaching in the areas of Instructional Technology, Educational Leadership, and Educational Research have formed a Professional Learning Community (PLC) focused on peer review of online teaching. Members of this PLC (who are also presenters for this proposed round table) are currently participating in the peer review experience. This roundtable will include responses to survey questions by the PLC members. In addition, the presenters of this roundtable will seek input from roundtable participants regarding their experiences and ideas for effective peer evaluation of online courses.