Want to engage in supportive, collegial peer dialogue about teaching with people outside your department to enhance your academic practice but do not know where to start?
What is Peer Dialogue about teaching?
Peer dialogue enables you to engage in a constructive discussion about enhancing student learning and/ or the wider student experience. It can focus on developing a range of dimensions of your practice, such as classroom teaching, feedback on assessment or development of resources.
Peer Dialogue is not a judgmental process, but an opportunity for creative thinking about developing your educational practice. It demonstrates a commitment to ongoing, collegial enhancement of academic practice.
How can WIHEA Peer Dialogue Connect help?
WIHEA Connect provides a Peer Dialogue matching service to help you get inspiration and develop your teaching and your students’ learning, by finding opportunities for you to work closely with staff from across the university.
WIHEA Connect is open to all staff who teach and/or support students’ learning at the University of Warwick (staff on probation should discuss involvement with their APP TE contact).
WIHEA Connect maintains a register of staff who would like to engage in enhancement of their practice - either through paired observation of practice (option A) or through small group discussions (option B). WIHEA Connect also maintains a register of colleagues with a specific area of interest or experience (‘Peer Advance contacts’) – happy to share experiences with others.
WIHEA Connect operates across departments but departments may be willing to accept engagement in a WIHEA Connect Peer Dialogue in place of participation in a departmental peer dialogue scheme.
How to take part
1. Sign up to find a Peer Dialogue partner
You can choose from two options to undertake in each academic year. We recommend using both options over time:
- Option A - Pair-based dialogue
- Option B - Small group collaborative enhancement of a specific area of practice
2. Sign up to be a WIHEA Peer Advance contact
If you have experience or interest in a particular area of academic practice that you would be willing to share with others as a WIHEA Peer Advance contact, sign up here.
The Register of WIHEA Peer Advance Contacts will be available shortly.
WIHEA respects your privacy and is committed to protecting your personal data. The data gathered via this form will only be used in activities and communications directly related to the WIHEA peer dialogue connect scheme. Your data will be stored securely and will not be shared with any external parties, except to facilitate a peer dialogue match. Feel free to contact us at WIHEAconnect@warwick.ac.uk at any time to request that your data be removed from the RAISE student engagement buddying scheme records.
What next after Peer Dialogue?
Peer Dialogue follow up
To gain the most from your Peer Dialogue activity, consider:
- Presenting and discussing your account of Peer Dialogue at your appraisal
- Presenting your enhancement work to your departmental teaching committee
- Sharing with your departmental teaching committee any generic issues arising, for example suggestions for changes to the use of space or of technology
- Presenting the outcomes of the Peer Dialogue to Student Staff Liaison Committees
- Developing a case study for WIHEA. Email: WIHEAconnect@warwick.ac.uk to discuss this further.
- Leading an Academic Development Centre (ADC) workshop to share your developments with colleagues beyond your Faculty. For more information, click here.
- Join the WIHEA Peer Advance Register, sign up here.
Where can I find opportunities for building on my reflections?
You might like to consider the following opportunities to develop your knowledge, skills and understanding of teaching and learning support:
- The Academic Development Programme: where a range of workshops are offered for staff who teach and support learning.
- The APP EXP Pathway is a pathway to professional recognition for work in teaching and learning support. There are four different categories of Fellowship suitable for colleague at different career stages and in different roles. If you are already a Fellow of the HEA you might consider becoming a mentor or assessor on the pathway.
- There are opportunities available through the Warwick International Higher Education Academy some of which are suitable for staff who are not Fellows.
- The WIHEA Peer Advance Contact register holds details of staff willing to share their experience of areas of academic practice (link available shortly).
- There are a number of journals and periodicals associated with teaching and learning in higher education which may enable you to pursue an interest or identify where similar work has been done:
- The annual Warwick Education Conference includes a wide range of topics and speakers on teaching and learning support.