Peer review of teaching is a deliberate process through which colleagues make an informed judgement about teaching for either summative or formative purposes (Chism, 2007). It allows peers to collect evidence, provide / receive feedback and reflect on their teaching. Peer review can be used to complement other forms of teaching evaluation, such as student evaluations or quality assurance processes, such as audits or program reviews.
Peer review is often associated with classroom observation but is can also extend to the review of courses, teaching materials or assessment tasks (Chism, 2007; Gosling & O’Connor, 2009; Healey et al., 2014).
The literature on peer review of teaching offers a range of models and frameworks (see for instance (Bell & Cooper, 2014; Chism, 2007, 2007; Gosling, 2005; Gosling & O’Connor, 2009; Harris et al., 2008). Each model or framework offers its own lens on Peer Review and serves different purposes. It is, therefore, important to be clear why you would like to be reviewed.
Bell, M., & Cooper, P. (2014). Implementing Departmental Peer Observation of Teaching in Universities. In J. Sachs & M. Parsell (Eds.), Peer Review of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (pp. 151–164). Springer Netherlands. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-7639-5_10
Chism, N. V. N. (2007). Peer review of teaching: A sourcebook (second). Anker Pub. Co.
Gosling, D. (2005). Peer Observation of Teaching (C. Osborne, Ed.). SEDA.
Gosling, D., & O’Connor, K. M. (2009). Beyond the Peer Observation of Teaching (D. Gosling & K. Mason O’Connor, Eds.; SEDA Paper, Vol. 124). SEDA.
Harris, K.-L., Farrell, K., Bell, M., Devlin, M., & James, R. (2008). Peer Review of Teaching in Australian Higher Education: A handbook to support institutions in developing and embedding effective policies and practices. Australian Learning and Teaching Centre (ALTC).
Healey, M., Ambler, T., Irhammar, M., Kilfoil, W., & Lyons, J. (2014). International Perspectives on Peer Review as Quality Enhancement. In J. Sachs & M. Parsell (Eds.), Peer Review of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (pp. 201–219). Springer Netherlands. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-7639-5_13