Peer observation is widely used in universities in the UK as a collegial process through which staff can engage in reflective practice, and share good practice, around learning and teaching. At the University, all staff directly involved in teaching and supporting learning participate in a scheme of peer observation on an annual basis. The scheme aims to:
- encourage discussion on teaching effectiveness and the enhancement of teaching and learning
- benefit all parties directly involved through a process of dialogue, sharing practice, reflection, action-planning and learning
- encourage staff to value their own and others’ knowledge, skills, and experience
- identify examples of good practice that can be disseminated to the University’s academic community
- assist in the identification of individual and group professional development needs with the purpose of taking appropriate action to improve professional practice
- provide appropriate evidence to support quality assurance and enhancement requirements.
Evidence from involvement of peer observation can be used in support of an application for HEA Professional Recognition.