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Online Peer Observation: Research and Practice
Nick Bowskill, Susan Brock & Maria Mavrommati
University of Derby, Derby, UK & Laureate University
Those interested or involved in the development of online approaches to peer observation of teaching.
Online peer observation is an emerging field which remains under-researched. It offers opportunities for part-time and associate lecturers to join in the life of the institution and overcome the potential for social isolation.
It can be approached by individuals in many different ways, with many different outcomes. This workshop will present a model which will equip participants to make crucial decisions about their own institutional, or individual, peer observation practices.
This workshop provides a new model of Teaching Observation with which to explore relevant issues and opportunities with fellow participants. At the same time, the facilitators will share the development of their practice, via online peer observation at University of Derby Online (Bowskill et al., 2017).
The workshop will contain a mixture of small group and whole-group discussions. Participants will evaluate their current practice and consider this alongside a new continuum model. They will locate their practice on the continuum and consider this alongside a case study of evolved practice. This mix of activities will provide a participative framework for the exploration of online peer observation as an emerging area of meaningful action and practice.
Workshop Alignment with Conference Themes
This event explores online peer observation as a form of collaborative reflective practice within the networked learning space. The workshop provides a methodology for co-inquiry into current (and potential) online practice.
The workshop will begin with a short orientation to our online peer observation practice at UDOL. It will close with a review.
Participants will work in a mix of small and whole-groups to reflect together on challenges and opportunities to start to develop, or further develop, online peer observation in their institutions. A new dynamic model will be presented as a tool to reflect on current practice and provide a space within which change may be considered. The 90 mins will be structured as follows:
Bowskill, N. 2009. Shared Thinking: A Social Approach to PDP. On Reflection.
Bowskill, N. 2010. Giving shareable form to collective thought using a Shared Thinking approach. In: Dirckinck-Holmfeld, L., Hodgson, V., Jones, C., De Laat, M., McConnell, D. & Ryberg, T., eds. Seventh International Conference on Networked Learning, 3rd-4th May 2010 Hvide Hus Hotel, Aalborg, Denmark.
Bowskill, N., Mavromatti, M. & Brock, S. 2017. Online Peer Observation in Distributed Course Teams. The Online Open and Flexible Higher Education Conference, 26th October 2017 Open University, Milton Keynes, UK.
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