Peer Review of Teaching – Prof. Geoff Crisp and Dr. Alan Barnard

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On Tuesday 24 March and Wednesday 25 March Prof. Geoff Crisp from RMIT and Dr Alan Barnard from QUT visited UNE to discuss and present experiences in developing a peer review of teaching. Both have been involved in the development and implementation of two different types of peer review process and both are previous OLT grant holders in this area.

Prof Crisp and Dr Barnard held a number of meetings with Heads of Schools and Chairs of Teaching and Learning Committees. They also held a public forum for all UNE staff. Opportunity was given to staff to raise any issues or ask questions of how their processes work.

Although UNE currently has a peer reviewing process it is severely flawed and not at all useful either in assessing teaching or helping to improve it. The plan is to introduce a much more systematic and strategised approach to peer review that is based on a shared understanding of what constitutes quality teaching in the UNE context.

Because this is a substantial change we invite all levels of the university to engage with the process. The next step is to form a committee of Chairpersons of T&L Committees to help drive the peer review process forward.

For further information, please contact Dr Jennifer Clark, Acting Executive Director TaLS. Email: jclark1@une.edu.au