HOW STRATEGIC FOLLOW-UP FACILITATES COMMUNICATION AND FEEDBACK BETWEEN TEACHERS AND SUPERVISORS

10, Oct, 2018

Isabel Sagenmüller
BY: Isabel Sagenmüller

How does strategic monitoring with a management software help teachers and supervisors communicate better?

Teachers’ different roles, from classroom work to the faculty’s administrative processes, are made up of demanding activities that are seldom managed and monitored correctly.

Supervisors must continually evaluate these activities and tasks to measure teachers’ performance. This assessment is critical to the work and academic future of an educator.

Supervision with the support of a management software displays these activities in a clear manner. A technological solution allows the supervisor, who measures the educator's performance, to have the necessary monitoring tools to obtain a full sense of the work undertaken on a daily basis.

However, without the support of a technological solution, the lack of communication and feedback between teachers and supervisors increases. As a result, several drawbacks both internally and in the development of students can emerge, indirectly affecting the quality of education delivered by the institution.

Communication problems between teachers and supervisors

Shortcomings of teacher supervision include assessing the initial and ongoing training of academics. The most neglected aspects are professional practices, specific teaching skills, and other areas that the supervisor addresses in its analysis of performance but that rarely align with academic responsibilities and actions.

Nonetheless, strategic monitoring will give supervisors a full understanding of activities covering areas such as research, academic management, and improvement of personal capabilities, enabling universities to monitor the work of each teacher and align it with its strategic plans.

The advantages of having feedback channels and continuous communication

Software that allows supervisors to thoroughly follow-up teaching activities in real time should also allow academics to display their actions to each supervisor according to the degree, faculty, campus, and university.

The advantage of software like that is that it provides a complete record of activities, becoming an interesting source of information so that supervisors’ monitoring ceases to be purely visual.

With this tool, supervisors can review each teachers’ pending or completed activities while teachers have an impartial and transparent system that records all their actions.

The benefits of a teacher management software that allows strategic monitoring for supervisors and academics include:

1. Unity and feedback:

It should facilitate the creation of a teaching community that shares relevant information about different aspects of their work such as research, techniques to improve student learning skills, education, among others.

2. Continuous feedback:

The teacher uploads work plans for each course onto the platform for senior staff to approve. 

3. Time saving:

Uses infrastructure in an optimum way, saving time and creating multiple simulations.

4. Strategic follow-up:

It is vital for different teaching activities to be carried out in universities flawlessly. It should monitor not only classroom activity but also tasks that involve the development of students as well as academics, allowing assessment cycles, and taking into account teaching activities, research, external consultancy, institutional roles and continuous improvement efforts for each faculty member.

An efficient teacher management software must have the following specific functionalities:

  • Generate review stages according to a flexible workflow, following the evolution of the teacher's work in different instances over the academic period.
  • In the first review of the work plan, the supervisor should be able to highlight strategic activities to provide support to the teacher.
  • The supervisor should be able to make comments. Specifically:
  1. Comment on teachers’ strategic activities.
  2. Keep a record of comments (forum).
  3. Chat for the teacher to communicate with its supervisor.
  • Correct historical administrative problems and open new communication and feedback opportunities.
  • Monitor teaching work online and in real time, in addition to generating reliable data on their performance.
  • Help teachers to organize their schedules inside and outside the classroom that align with academic and institutional objectives.

Takeaways

The quality of education is reflected in no small extent by the teachers’ levels of training and excellence and the communication that needs to be in place with supervisors to manage their activities properly.

For this reason, working with a program able to align teachers and supervisors is essential to achieve continuous and systematic improvement of processes, contributing to results and performance that deliver a quality education service.

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About the author

Isabel has more than 10 years of experience developing, leading and executing Marketing and Communication strategies at international level (EMEA, US and LATAM). She has worked for B2B organizations in different sectors such as nutrition, logistics and education. She is bilingual in German and Spanish and fluent in English and French.

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