Peer observation and review

Peer observation and review

Peer observation and review of teaching and curriculum

Peer review of teaching and curriculum provide an opportunity for participants (both reviewer and reviewed) to gather evidence about, reflect on and enhance the quality of their teaching practice and curriculum design.

The term peer review encompasses a wide range of peer observation and evaluation practices, from classroom observation, assessment moderation and evaluation of learning activities (online or face-to-face), to cyclical review of curriculum at unit and program levels. It may be conducted by peers at all levels from institutional (department and faculty) to external (other universities and industry professionals). Peer review may be formative or summative, or it may have elements that fulfil both formative and summative purposes.

Models for peer review

There are many pathways to peer review and a range of models and frameworks that may be used as a basis for developing peer review practices. One such approach is the Model, developed through a nationally-funded project in which Macquarie played a leading role. You can find out more about this model on the Peer Review of Teaching website. This site provides a handbook and comprehensive resources to support the planning, implementation and documentation of peer review in its many forms.

At Macquarie, we are encouraging the development of systematic peer review of teaching and curriculum within our faculties and departments. The main purpose of these initiatives is to encourage a culture of collaboration and sharing of ideas and expertise in teaching and curriculum that will both build our capacity in these areas and enhance student learning. A further aim is to provide evidence to assist staff in career progression and professional recognition and to inform  quality assurance processes.

Peer Review Resources

A number of groups in the University are using or adapting resources drawn from the  Project to develop their peer review systems; others are drawing on different sources. We have established a Peer Review section in the Teaching and Curriculum Evaluation iLearn site (in development, July 2017), which includes a repository of locally-developed resource and links to external websites. We encourage you to explore this repository and use or adapt methods and materials as you wish!

Peer Review Community of Practice (PRCoP)

In addition to the faculty and department processes currently under way, we have established a cross-University Community of Practice to share and discuss peer review across faculty and office boundaries. Meetings include updates and showcases of peer review systems currently being developed and implemented at Macquarie and beyond.

PRCoP Members include academic staff, learning and teaching support staff and leaders of learning and teaching from the faculties, MUIC and the Learning Innovation Hub. If you would like to join and/or be on our mailing list, please contact Cathy Rytmeister (or 02 9850 9719).

Peer Review Contacts

Yvonne Breyer, Director, Learning and Teaching and Senior Lecturer

Faculty of Business and Economics

Peter Keegan, Associate Dean Learning and Teaching

Faculty of Arts

Panos Vlachopoulos, Associate Dean, Quality and Standards

Faculty of Arts

Agnes Bosanquet, Senior Teaching Fellow

Faculty of Human Sciences

Michael Hitchens, Associate Dean, Quality and Standards

Faculty of Science and Engineering

Catherine Dean, Associate Dean, Learning and Teaching

Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

Cintia Agosti, Associate Director Learning and Teaching

Macquarie University International College (MUIC)

Cathy Rytmeister, Quality Assurance and Professional Development Lead

Learning Innovation Hub

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