FAQs

FAQs

Who can have their teaching reviewed?

In 2019 the Melbourne Peer Review of Teaching (MPRT) program will be piloted with staff in MDHS and FBE. Early career academics and teaching specialist staff who are planning to apply for promotion or confirmation will be prioritised. Pending the pilot, the MPRT program will be rolled out on a voluntary basis to all teaching academic staff from 2020.

What kind of class can I select for the observation?

Any type of teaching context (e.g. online, large class, clinical) can be selected for the peer observation. Reviewers will observe up to 1 hour maximum.

In addition to the teaching observation, your teaching portfolio and subject outline will be considered in the review process.

Who will be my reviewer?

You will be assigned a reviewer from the Melbourne College of Reviewers. These expert reviewers have been appointed on the basis of their sustained personal record of demonstrated teaching excellence, innovation and/or leadership. To avoid potential conflicts of interest, you will not be allocated reviewers from your immediate department or unit. However, where possible, the assigned reviewer will be from the same broad field of study.

What is the difference between Tier 1 and Tier 2 peer review?

Tier 1 refers to Faculty/School-based peer review programs for ongoing collaborative professional development and teaching improvement. Tier 2 is a University-wide program (Melbourne Peer Review of Teaching) conducted by expert reviewers for the purpose of performance appraisal and formal recognition of teaching performance in line with the University’s Academic Performance Framework and the ACBI guidelines for Performance Development Review (PDR).

When are applications due?

Calls for applications will be made twice per year in February and June. The second round of applications for 2019 will open on Monday 3 June. More details will be available on the Melbourne CSHE website.

What does the review process entail?

Following a successful application, you will be notified of your reviewer and review date. You’ll also be asked to submit a teaching portfolio and subject outline 3 weeks before the review date. Within 2 weeks of the observation you will receive your reviewer’s report, and you will have the opportunity to prepare a short response to the report.

What criteria will reviewers use to evaluate the quality of my teaching?

Your teaching will be reviewed holistically based on your teaching portfolio, example of curriculum design (subject outline) and observation of teaching. Reviewers will use broad criteria for what constitutes ‘good university teaching’ based on research evidence. The primary focus will be on what you do (and how well) to engage students and facilitate their learning. In making an overall assessment of teaching practice, the reviewers may also refer to the University’s Academic Performance Framework which outlines expectations at each academic level.

What happens to the reviewer’s report?

Approximately two weeks after the observation, the Melbourne CSHE will send you the reviewer’s report.

In some circumstances, where participation in the MPRT program is required by faculties/schools it may be appropriate for the MCSHE, with your prior knowledge and consent, to send the reviewer’s report directly to academic supervisors or HR staff within the faculty/school.

How long is a review ‘valid’ for?

Review reports will be ‘valid’ for a three-year period.