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#MedEdPearls July 2017: Peer Observation

The Peer Observation of Teaching Handbook

A group of faculty developers have come together to carry on a tradition started by Steve Davis, to highlight faculty development resources and strategies each month.

This month we are highlighting a wonderful resource available in MedEdPortal, The Peer Observation of Teaching Handbook written by Lori R. Newman, David H. Roberts, and Richard M. Schwartzstein from Harvard Medical School (2012).  We are also hoping to extend an engaging conversation in Twitter at #MedEdPearls. 

 Whether you are seeking reliable data about teaching for your educator's portfolio or starting a peer observation program,  The Peer Observation of Teaching Handbook provides guidance which encourages reflection, formative feedback, and growth for teachers. The handbook offers processes, rationale, and sample observation forms for a variety of educational venues, including: lectures, ambulatory settings, at the bedside, and in small groups.

 The handbook is available in a PDF format and the authors encourage modifying forms to meet your needs or creating your own forms. The handbook presents steps to promote reflection and a mutual exchange of ideas at the conclusion of an educational session. The steps include strategies for:

  • Before (agree on logistics, purpose, and what elements of teaching are the focus)
  • During (what to observe, how to document)
  • After (when to meet and how to provide useful formative feedback)
  • Avoiding pitfalls (what observer behaviours diminish the benefits of peer observation)

Citation

Newman L., Roberts D., Schwartzstein R. (2012). Peer observation of teaching handbook. MedEdPORTAL Publications. 8:9150. http://doi.org/10.15766/mep_2374-8265.9150

 

What Peer Observation pearls or questions do you have?  Post on twitter at #MedEdPearls

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Gregg Wells on Thursday, 13 July 2017 15:21
peer evaulation of online teaching?

The Peer Observation of Teaching Handbook is a wonderful resource. As the blog post notes, The Peer Observation of Teaching Handbook includes evaluation forms for inpatient bedside, small group, outpatient, operating room, and lecture hall teaching.

Another educational venue of increasing importance is the online environment. What distinctive considerations are needed for peer observation of flipped classrooms, distance & asynchronous learning, MOOCs, and interactions with learners through social media?

Agreement between teacher and peer observer, and even agreement with learners, about goals and methods needs special consideration because of the fast changing methods of learning technology.and the diverse outcomes of specific learning technologies among learners Ultimately, a learner controls the effectiveness of the interaction between teacher and learner.

[i]The Peer Observation of Teaching Handbook[/i] is a wonderful resource. As the blog post notes, [i]The Peer Observation of Teaching Handbook[/i] includes evaluation forms for inpatient bedside, small group, outpatient, operating room, and lecture hall teaching. Another educational venue of increasing importance is the online environment. What distinctive considerations are needed for peer observation of flipped classrooms, distance & asynchronous learning, MOOCs, and interactions with learners through social media? Agreement between teacher and peer observer, and even agreement with learners, about goals and methods needs special consideration because of the fast changing methods of learning technology.and the diverse outcomes of specific learning technologies among learners Ultimately, a learner controls the effectiveness of the interaction between teacher and learner.
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