Graded OTL: Part 1 - Introduction to Effective Observation of Teaching Training & Learning
An Introduction to observing, recording, grading and judging
The quality, accuracy and robustness of internal observation of teaching and training, plays a pivotal role in developing the quality of teaching and informing provider self-assessment.
Where teaching and training session grades and judgements are inaccurate or inconsistent, the SAR decisions and related improvement action is likely to be seriously flawed. Inspection now focuses heavily on capacity to improve, making it is essential for all providers to have an effective OTL system in place; one that that generates robust and reliable judgments about teaching, training and learning performance, and in turn, drives continuous improvement.
Whilst an effective OTL system with trained staff has implications for both SAR and Inspection outcomes, it can also have implications for internal morale as poor observation practice often leads to a negative or adverse impact on staff attitudes and confidence.
The effectiveness of any OTL system is dependent on the skill of those carrying out the observations consequently it is essential that all observers are well-trained and able to make robust, reliable and consistent judgments and grade sessions accurately.
This workshop provides an introduction to these skills, helping observers approach graded training and lesson observations in a confident and effective manner.
This workshop has been designed primarily for staff with limited or no observation of teaching and training experience. However Delegate feedback from previous OTL workshops has shown consistently that participants, including those with some experience, can benefit significantly from participating in this workshop as it builds confidence in interpreting observation criteria, recording performance notes, producing judgments and grading, developed considerably.
The approaches covered work equally well in schools, colleges, LEAs, Private training Providers large and small and internal company training departments in fact anywhere that the quality of formal teaching, training and learning needs to be evaluated.
'Great facilities, training and excellent handouts!'
Project Manager, NXG
'This workshop is informative and enables you to be more confident on OTL.'
Q&P Manager, Newham College of FE
'Well presented & excellent input on learning & making effective judgements.'
Quality, Hereward College
Aims and Objectives
To help participants develop the skills and knowledge required to undertake effective observation of teaching and training sessions. As a result of attending this day participants will understand, or better understand:
- the key components of the observation of teaching & training (OTL) process
- the attributes of good teachers and characteristics of good and poor teaching and training sessions
and understand how to:
- prepare effectively for an observation
- interpret criteria to judge the effectiveness of teaching and training
- record accurate, meaningful and judgemental rather than descriptive performance notes, providing a robust evidence base for judgements
- develop accurate and fair judgements from the recorded performance notes evidence
- grade sessions based upon the judgements made
Key aspects of the workshop, in addition to presentations by the tutor will include:
- interactive discussion on the key components of the OTL process
- observing video of teaching and training followed by interactive discussion
- practical group and individual problem solving exercises in identifying different observation techniques, interpreting observation criteria, recording performance notes, and producing judgements
- practical OTL exercises involving observation of video teaching sessions, recording performance notes, producing judgements and session grading.
Learning will be facilitated through:
- presentation of examples of good practice
- group and individual problem solving exercises
- analysis and evaluation of video demonstrations
- group role play exercises
- tutor feedback to individuals
- participants’ critical evaluation of their own skills and knowledge
- comparative analysis of the skills and knowledge demonstrated by other workshop participants.
Internal Staff Training and Development
This workshop, as with most of our good practice workshops, can be delivered on your premises. This approach is favoured by many of our clients as it provides a quality, value-for-money and highly effective route for staff development.
Running workshops internally, allows participants explore how key issues will impact on them and their organization and as a team begin to agree development action and priorities.
Typical costs for a one day good practice workshop, excluding VAT, are just £1290 + £30/person. Even with groups as small as 6 costs per person costs for internal workshops are lower than attending our open events and savings increase further when delegate travel-time costs and convenience are factored in.
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Related Observation Workshops
- Effective Peer ( Non Graded) Observation Practice
- Graded OTL: Part 1 - Introduction to Effective Observation of Teaching Training & Learning
- Graded OTL: Part 2 - Delivering OTL Feedback Effectively
- Graded OTL: Part 3 - Improving Effectiveness of Moderation and Development Action -
- Graded OTL: Part 4 - Extending Observation to Learner Reviews & other processes
- Observation of Teaching Training and Learning - 2012 CIF
Certificates of Professional Development.
Formal Certificates of Development will be issued, by post, to participants who complete this workshop. These certificates will detail the key learning aims and the face-to-face learning hours undertaken, enabling participants to update their CPD records and logs accordingly. The workshop also allows time, during the day, for participants to reflect on and record their personal learning development and consider how best to apply the knowledge gained on return to work. This element of the programme is designed to maximise the benefits from attending and enable participants to make better review judgments when recording their CPD activities.