CETL Tips of the Week – Peer Observation and Collegial Feedback on Teaching
Effective collegial feedback on teaching should:
- Focus on the development of teaching. Even if the reason for peer observation is evaluative, it can be used for developmental purpose.
- Be timely. As written feedback may usually take longer to complete, a post-observation meeting should be arranged for immediate verbal feedback.
- Address the priorities and objectives requested by the observed faculty members.
- Provide positive feedback, acknowledging and affirming what was done well in the class.
- Offer informative and clear descriptions of the teacher and student behaviour during the observed class.
- Include open and constructive suggestions for improving teaching and learning, rather than dictating solutions.
- Fletcher, J.A. (2018). Peer observation of teaching: A practical tool in higher education. The Journal of Faculty Development, 32(1), 51-64.
- Farrell, K. (2011). Collegial feedback on teaching: A guide to peer review. Centre for the Study of Higher Education, University of Melbourne.
Posting date: 09-Feb-2023