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


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Course portfolio developed as part of the UNL Peer Review of Teaching Project (peerreview.unl.edu)

Copyright (c) 2017 Nathan Bicak


This teaching portfolio documents my teaching efforts for IDES 200, a class in UNL’s Interior Design Program, entitled Program, Standards and Codes. Although I have taught similar content prior to this course, Spring 2017 marked the first time I taught this course. After seven years of teaching the material, and now packaged in a new class, the Peer Review of Teaching project offered the opportunity to critically reflect on course objectives, teaching and delivery methods, the structure of course activities and documenting and analyzing student learning. My primary objective through the Peer Review of Teaching project has been to illustrate all I do in this class with the hope of improving the course. I chose this course for two reasons: first, students often find the material dull and boring, and second the course is filled with practical information that is crucial to their success in professional practice. I am invested in developing methods that can help students navigate the codes, standards and programming processes through a framework of their own design, thereby helping them develop critical thinking skills that get them engaged with what they perceive to be dull topics. This portfolio outlines my course objectives, teaching methods, assignments and rationales, assessments and an analysis of selected student work relative to selected objectives.