One of the most helpful ways of refreshing our own teaching is to experience the teaching of others. We have developed a framework to help establish a culture of collegiality regarding teaching approaches. It is a model of peer review that is voluntary, mutual, positive, and social.
We invite you to be part of a teaching and learning circle: teams of three or four teachers who will sit in on each other’s lectures. You can fill your circle with colleagues from your own department or from a mix of departments. We’ll provide you with a resource pack to begin with, to give you some direction, then you will all sit in on a lecture delivered by each member. At the end you’ll debrief, preferably over food or coffee, and reflect on what you learned as you observed other teachers in action.
Join a teaching and learning circle
Teaching and learning resource pack
Please contact us if you have any preferences, questions or suggestions:
Dr Tracy Rogers at HEDC is available to offer practical support to our Teaching and Learning Circles.
She is able to field any questions that TLC members may have; meet with them prior to their observations to discuss the process; and help guide them through the resource pack information, if need be.
She is a point of contact for the TLC initiative.
We are grateful for a University of Otago Quality Improvement Grant that provided funding for a literature review undertaken by Tracy Rogers, who recently completed her PhD in Education Studies.
Our aim is to provide a framework that reflects current best practice.