Teaching Observation

Current School policy on Teaching Observation was agreed at School Committee on 27 Nov 2002. References to "Teaching Committee" were changed to "Quality Assurance & Enhancement Committee" on 30 Oct 2008.

Each taught module should be observed every other year by the Module Reviewer. Modules will be observed only in even calendar years. Thus Semester 1 modules will be observed in the academic years 2012/13, 2014/15, 2016/17, etc. and Semester 2 modules in the academic years 2013/14, 2015/16, 2017/18, etc

The observation process can be divided into four phases.

  1. Reflection. The lecturer to be observed should reflect on their teaching generally, and on specific issues that may arise in connection with the module concerned or the mode of delivery. The points below may be helpful.
  2. Observation. The lecturer to be observed meets with the observer to confirm details of the session and that Phase 1 has been carried out. The lecturer also indicates to the observer any concerns they may have about where particular feedback is required from the observer. During the observation, the observer may find the points below helpful. After the observation the observed and observer meet to review what took place and to agree the report to be made in Phase 3.
  3. Using the Teaching Observation Report Form the observer and the observed provide a brief report and some specific details. They also agree whether any issues are to be recorded for the attention of the School Quality Assurance & Enhancement Committee (QAEC), and with what intention. When completed, the form should be returned to Julie Heathcote in the School Office (as QA Secretary).
  4. If required, QAEC (usually via the Chair) interacts with the lecturer observed to determine what, if any, action needs to be taken, etc. The Head of Quality Assurance & Enhancement can be asked to spread good practice where this has been noted.


Teaching Observations - Some Points to Consider

Teaching Observation Report Form