The University’s commitment to achieving teaching excellence and outstanding learning experiences for students is articulated in Growing Esteem 2015-2020. Monitoring and evaluating the quality of teaching is essential for improving student learning outcomes and achieving the University’s strategic objective for excellence in learning and teaching. The Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education (MCSHE) is leading the development of a University-wide peer review of teaching (PRT) program that aims to improve the quality of teaching, learning and the educational experience of students at the University of Melbourne.
The peer review of teaching program has a two-tiered approach:
- Faculty/School Peer Review of Teaching
The bulk of peer review of teaching activities at the University takes place in programs developed in faculties and schools. These programs aim to foster teaching improvement by providing opportunities for academic staff to give and receive collegial feedback on teaching, and to engage in ongoing discussions about teaching and learning. Peer review of teaching activities at the faculty or school level can also be designed to address the priorities and needs of students in specific disciplinary contexts.
Practical resources to support the development of collaborative faculty-based PRT programs are available below.
- The Melbourne Peer Review of Teaching Program (MPRT)
A University-wide peer review of teaching program is currently being developed to provide academic staff with opportunities for formal evaluation and recognition of teaching performance aligned with the University’s Academic Performance Framework. The program is designed to have the dual purpose of providing feedback on teaching for continuous professional development and providing evidence of teaching performance for formal recognition. The Melbourne College of Reviewers comprising highly experienced academics with a demonstrated track record in teaching excellence will be formed to carry out the reviews.The MPRT program will be piloted with a small number of staff in 2019 before it is made more widely available as a voluntary program for academic staff across the University in later years.
Resources and templates
- Peer review planning template (PDF File 552.8 KB)
- Feedback framework for peer review of teaching (PDF File 546.9 KB)
- Feedback template for teaching (PDF File 455.3 KB)
- Feedback template for tutorials and small groups (PDF File 610.8 KB)
- Feedback template for teaching in labs (PDF File 133.1 KB)
Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
- Preparing for review (PDF File 337.3 KB)
- Review template (PDF File 319.7 KB)
- Post review template (PDF File 263.2 KB)
Guides on implementing peer review of teaching are available from this website.
For more information on the Melbourne Peer Review of Teaching Program, please contact Dr Chi Baik.