Beyond the Peer Observation of Teaching

10 February 2010

Location: London, 10 am to 4 pm

Introduction
In this workshop David Gosling and Kristine Mason O’Connor will explore new forms of peer-supported review of teaching based on the case studies described in the recent SEDA Paper 124. Whilst peer observation of teaching is a useful developmental tool, the emphasis on observing teaching sessions may be regarded as unduly restrictive. Peer-supported review is a form of CPD which allows colleagues to work with each other in pairs or in teams to explore any facet of the design of courses, their delivery (including blended and on-line learning) and their assessment. It provides an effective framework which encourages and supports scholarly conversations about teaching and learning.  With the participants, we will consider ways to introduce and implement peer supported review and review the evidence from the case studies about for what works best. 

Aims and outcomes of the workshop
The workshop will adopt an interactive approach which will draw on the experience of the participants together with sharing experience of the workshop presenters. This will provide an opportunity to:

  • Examine some of the debates surrounding peer observation of teaching
  • Explore the principal factors involved in establishing a successful peer supported review scheme
  • Encourage participants to identify ways of introducing and implementing peer supported review in their own institutions
  • Identify and discuss ideas for practice which can enable staff to get the most from peer supported review 

David Gosling

David Gosling has written widely on topics relating to educational development, learning and teaching in higher education and in applied philosophy. He taught philosophy and education in the UK and Malawi before becoming Head of Educational Development at the University of East London, UK. He is now Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Plymouth and works as an independent consultant and researcher. As well as peer review of teaching, he is also researching the role and function of educational development across the world and, with an international team of scholars, critical histories of academic development.

Kristine Mason O’Connor
Kristine Mason O’Connor is professor of higher education development and fellow of the Centre for Active Learning at the University of Gloucestershire.   Until recently she was the university’s dean of learning and teaching development with responsibility for collaborating with colleagues to develop and research pedagogic quality enhancement practices, processes and strategies. In 2008, she was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship.  She has served as SEDA Co-Chair and her educational development work as been informed by teaching sociology of education and women’s studies. She is currently researching university and community engagement.  

The cost of the workshop is £95.00 and will include a copy of SEDA Paper 124 and lunch.
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