Peer Support of Teaching
"...they helped me work on how to better communicate my material with my students"
What Is Peer Support of Teaching?
Peer Support of Teaching pairs colleagues to work together to share ideas, learn
from one another, build skills, and potentially address challenges related to teaching
and learning. Peer Support of Teaching is not evaluation or remediation and the
activities that take place during the collaboration are completely confidential.
Peer Support of Teaching can occur in a variety of ways. You and your Peer Support Associate (another faculty member or graduate student) will determine the best approach based on your needs. You may choose one or more of the following:
- Collaborative reflection on a teaching observation
- Discussion of teaching and learning (may involve review of materials, e.g., syllabi, learning objectives, teaching strategies <including face-to-face, blended, online>, assignments, student work, SEIs)
- Recorded classes (audio and/or video)
- Student focus group
- Observation of a peer’s class
- Preparation of teaching documentation for promotion and tenure
- Course review or debriefing
- Development of a new course
How Will Peer Support of Teaching Benefit Me?
The primary purposes of Peer Support of Teaching are to enhance teaching and learning based on your goals and help you become a more reflective teacher.
Who Is Eligible for Peer Support of Teaching?
Any instructor (full-time or part-time), postdoc, or graduate teaching assistant at WVU can request Peer Support of Teaching regardless of the teaching delivery modality (face-to-face, blended, online). This is a free service provided through the Teaching and Learning Commons (TLC) to the WVU teaching community.
What Is the First Step?
To arrange for Peer Support of Teaching, simply complete the online form.
After you request Peer Support of Teaching, a Peer Support Associate will be matched with you based on your needs. You and your peer will meet to discuss on what you want to focus during your work together. The two of you will discuss options and mutually determine the best approach to support your needs.
Please keep in mind that requests will be fulfilled as resources are available. If
you have any questions about the Peer Support of Teaching process, call the TLC
Peer Support Team
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