Trialing Peer Observation for Staff Development

Nick Allen; Sophia Bechraki; Margaret Neville

1Coleg Ceredigion, Llanbadarn Fawr, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 3BP; Nick.allen@ceredigion.ac.uk    

2 Coleg Ceredigion, Llanbadarn Fawr, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 3BP; Sophia.behraki@ceredigion.ac.uk

3Coleg Ceredigion, Llanbadarn Fawr, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 3BP; Margaret.neville@ceredigion.ac.uk

5th May 2017

Abstract

The Teaching and Learning Champions group (TLC) at Coleg Ceredigion is now in its third year, tasked with facilitating innovation in teaching and learning and sharing good practice among staff. The group felt that it was now at a stage where informal peer observation could be explored, not as part of a direct quality assurance system, but as a means to improve professional development and to disseminate good practice. This presentation outlines the findings of a trial peer observation programme, highlighting the mechanism for facilitating observations, the individual motivations for conducting them, the benefits to teaching staff and to teaching practices within the institution and makes recommendations about how to enhance the process with a view to embedding peer observation into staff development in the future. Findings are presented in the form of written feedback responses from staff, videoed extracts from discussion and individual case study interviews.