Faculty-led Inquiry into Reflective and Scholarly Teaching (FIRST)


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Loveall, Susan J. "Peer Review of Teaching Portfolio - SPED 990: Intervention Design lll" (2021). UNL Faculty Portfolios, 195. https://digitalcommons.unl.edu/prtunl/195


This portfolio documents the development of SPED 990: Intervention Design III, a doctoral course being taught for the first time in the Spring of 2021 in the Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders. The primary goals motivating my creation of this benchmark portfolio included: 1) deciding what to teach and how to teach it for the course’s first iteration, 2) understanding how this course fits into my department’s broader curriculum and doctoral training program, 3) upon completion of the course, reflecting on what worked and what didn’t to improve the course for future semesters, and 4) continuing my professional growth as an instructor. Since this was a very small doctoral level course, I qualitatively analyzed students’ written feedback of the course to evaluate their learning. I also reviewed students’ progress in their development of a research proposal from the beginning of the semester to the end. Both suggest that the course was effective but also identified areas for improvement. Lastly, I reflect on my experience in PRTP and how it has improved my teaching skills, particularly in the development of course assignments and in how I evaluate course effectiveness.