What is Peer Review
Peer review may be used to help evaluate your teaching or to provide an insight into your leadership or management skills. It may also be used to evaluate institutional practice for example in relation to Institutional Audit.
Peer Review is a process commonly used to review and evaluate research proposals and journal / article contributions. Unfortunately, Peer Review in this context is rarely seen as developmental. The focus is on success or failure rather than on what an individual learnt from the process.
Peer Review can also be used in other contexts, for example to gather evidence on the quality of learning and teaching or to evaluate leadership or other management skills. In these contexts too evidence may be gathered to help an individual develop (curriculum design, improving teaching delivery, appraisal) and to inform a judgment on their performance (Institutional Audit, promotion).
Peer Review involves a colleague observing a particular aspect of your work or performance in a structured way, maybe using a checklist or a series of open-ended questions as prompts. If the Peer Review is being undertaken for personal development then it is likely that you will design, contribute or at least agree to the checklist or question set. If the Peer Review is being undertaken to inform a judgment then it is likely that a more standardised format will be made available for use.