To see firsthand how Relay students are progressing as teachers, faculty members will observe students' classrooms multiple times over the course of the program to provide formative feedback. Students’ advisors will provide specific information about the minimum number of observations to be conducted throughout the program. Individual faculty members may also choose to observe more often and to provide coaching and feedback. All observations are announced and scheduled in advance. After each observation, faculty members share data collected during the observation and debrief students’ strengths and areas of growth in-person, over the phone, through video conference, or in writing. Observations may be conducted in-person, via video recording, or synchronously online, depending on program modality and state requirements for observations of clinical experiences.
For students enrolled in a program leading to licensure/certification, state-required observations conducted during a students’ qualifying clinical experience will be documented in Anthology Portfolio. State- and/or program-specific observation requirements can be found in the corresponding EPP Handbook.
Each term, Relay students will be scored on key elements of engagement by their instructors. Engagement will be a portion of each course in which students are enrolled. Instructors will evaluate engagement based on two main areas: (1) online work completion, including preparation for synchronous online sessions, and (2) attendance and contributions at synchronous class sessions. In most courses, professionalism will count as 10% of the course grade.
Relay expects students to be on time to synchronous class sessions to ensure they are not missing essential course material. Students who are late to class will earn 80% credit for attendance at that session, which may negatively impact their grade in the course.
Any assigned pre-reading or pre-work for courses must be completed before class. The syllabus in students’ Canvas course will indicate the preparation required for class that enables meaningful engagement with peers.
Classes are designed for discussion, collaboration, feedback, and practice; please minimize potential distractions during class so you and your colleagues can get the most out of the experience.