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Peer Dialogue Connect

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Engage in supportive, collegial peer dialogue to enhance your teaching practice

Peer dialogue

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.

It 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.

The full Peer Dialogue process

How does it work?

  • The WIHEA Connect Peer-Dialogue matching service pairs you up with like-minded colleagues across the University
  • Open to all staff who teach and/or support students’ learning (staff on probation should discuss involvement with their APP TE contact).
  • A register of participants, either paired observation of practice (option A) or small group discussions (option B). Also a register of colleagues with a specific area of expertise (‘expert contacts’) happy to share their experiences.
  • Operates across departments and could be used instead of 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:

2. Sign up to be a WIHEA Peer Advance Contact

If you have experience or interest in a particular area of academic practice which you would be willing to share with others as a WIHEA Peer Advance Contact please complete the sign-up form

Post Peer Dialogue?

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.
  • Leading an Academic Development Centre (ADC) workshop to share your developments with colleagues beyond your Faculty.
  • Join the WIHEA Peer Advance Register


Develop your knowledge, skills and understanding with these options: