Peer observation of teaching is about observing learning as it happens.

Teachers invite colleagues into their classes to observe what their students are doing, then reflect and meet to discuss ways to enhance teaching and learning.

The peer observation of teaching is an integral part of teachers' professional development. The University of Queensland is seeking to significantly increase these activities through more institutional-level support and recognition.

Peer observation has been demonstrated to be an effective tool for the enhancement of teaching, leading to improvements in student outcomes and experience (Bell, 2001; Carbone, 2011; Nash & Barnard, 2013).

UQ teachers discuss how peer observation of their classroom has benefited their practice.

Peer observation benefits

Peer observation supports teachers to:

  • engage in professional learning to improve teaching
  • enhance students' learning through reflective practice
  • demonstrate leadership by observing and supporting other teachers
  • celebrate excellent teachers through the establishment of an esteemed College of Peer Observers
  • gather evidence of teaching quality to support career progression
  • gain feedback on significant teaching or course changes
  • enhance the culture, and form a community around teaching and learning.

As an observer participating in peer observation, you may:

  • see teaching practices that you can emulate
  • learn about teaching technologies
  • demonstrate leadership in teaching and learning
  • support your colleagues
  • take dedicated time to watch and reflect on teaching
  • gain a student's perspective at UQ
  • connect to colleagues within and beyond your discipline.