That thread stayed pretty focused on snacks, but it got me thinking about what I do know and what I want to know about my colleagues and their classes. And I fear that I want to know a lot. I want to know that they're using best practices, and that they're teaching precisely what we all agreed to at that last faculty meeting.
I wouldn't mind seeing their syllabi, although I'm conflicted about being responsible for telling them when they go astray.
When I wonder if I'd "like" my colleagues looking at my material in the same say, though, I bristle.
Q: How much should we care what our departmental colleagues are doing in their classrooms? Is it enough that we have a general sense what courses cover, or should we be able to review syllabi, assignments, and assessments? If we did this, would it be us making sure students are getting a good education, or would it be us just being nosy, trying to direct the department in our own way?