Peers are a useful source of information about the whole learning and teaching cycle from curriculum design and development, through planning and preparation, and learning and teaching interactions, to critical review to improve and enhance teaching.
Peers are able to comment on:
- philosophy and approach to teaching
- presentation skills
- group work and facilitation skills
- course material and resources
- assessment methods
- curriculum development
- aims, objectives and content
- identifying opportunities for professional development
Peers are able to provide feedback on the elements of teaching and the relationships and alignment between them, before, during and after learning and teaching activities. Peer evaluation can be used in the following ways to enhance teaching practice:
- gaining feedback on teaching from a colleague which adds another dimension to feedback collected from students and through self-reflection.
- as a mechanism for collecting evidence to support both promotion and teaching awards applications.
- as an input to discussion and reflectionon:
monitoring of student learning
- class and/or syllabus review
- addressing problems in a topic
- discussion and reflection on new ideas on teaching.
Peer evaluation is not:
- ‘novice learning from expert' - it should be collegial and directed towards honing skills not cloning skills
- for training people in a particular way of teaching.