Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Peer observation of teaching

 
Hammersley-Fletcher, L and Orsmond, P
Evaluating our peers: is peer observation a meaningful process?
Studies in Higher Education Vol. 29, No. 4, August 2004

Peer observation of teaching can be seen as a means by which the quality of the teaching and learning process in higher education establishments is both accounted for and improved.

Good teaching is essential to the success of our students.

Peer observation of teaching sessions is gaining attention in universities around the world.

The objective is to develop excellent learning opportunities for students, by using feedback from colleagues who are themselves involved in similar teaching situations.

Feedback from students is already a routine aspect of academic life. SPOT and SURF are well established and they provide valuable feedback to teachers.

Peer observation of teaching will add an expert level of feedback and may also provide material for teaching portfolios and applications for promotion.

The model for our Faculty is based on a formative process, which involves several colleagues working together to develop methods of good teaching practice.

Peer review has been a feature of the research and publication aspects of university life for many years, so it is consistent that teaching should also be peer reviewed.