Peer observation of teaching is designed to support the development of teaching practice through collegial engagement for VU academic sessional, contract and permanent staff.
It allows an opportunity to share ideas and draw on the expertise of others, as well as discuss common challenges facing teachers. It is an observation for learning and reflection not review or evaluation.
In Block Mode, classes are small, hands on and active. Most are three hours long, and there are no lectures or tutorials. This is often a very different teaching environment from traditional semester mode and other universities. We therefore encourage all staff, especially those new to VU, to participate in peer observation as part of the continuous learning experience that is teaching practice.