A key element of academic development
Peer observation of teaching is a key element of academic development that teaching staff at Aston are expected to undertake to continually develop their practice.
Lecturers can improve their teaching practice, transform their educational perspectives and develop collegiality (Bell 2005), through peer observation partnerships.
There are benefits for the observer and the person being observed in terms of sharing ideas in a supportive and constructive way.
These activities are also important in providing evidence for both Personal Development Reviews (Race, 2009) and promotion applications.
Bell, M. (2005). Peer observation partnerships in higher education. NSW, Australia: Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia Inc.
Race, P. et al. (2009) Using peer observation to enhance teaching.Leeds Met Press.