Purpose of the scheme

This institutional scheme is a developmental process that intends to help academics to identify areas of strength and weakness in their practice with the ultimate goal to enhance the student’s learning experience at the university.

Please note that the process differs for staff teaching on Apprenticeship Programmes (scroll down to find out more).


The observation process

The process for observees

You will need to be observed at least once every two years. At the start of each academic year, you will be assigned an observer from your school, and ExPERT Academy will provide Teaching Observation training sessions for each academic School/College.

From this year forward, teaching observations are carried out online.

  1. Identify a webinar for your observation, and arrange a mutually convenient time with your observer for the observation.
  2. Produce a plan for your session and share this with your observer.
  3. Arrange a short pre-observation meeting with your observer to discuss your teaching plan an any developmental areas you would like them to pay special attention to.
  4. Arrange a post-observation meeting with your observer
  5. Complete the online Impact and evaluation form which gives us information on how useful the process was.

The completion of this form is mandatory.

For some further guidance on how to make the most of the observation scheme, please refer to the Key considerations when planning your observed teaching session document (.docx, 22kb).


The process for observers

Prior to conducting the observations, observers must

  1. Read the session plan and meet with the observee for a pre-observation meeting. During this meeting you should discuss the session plan and check if your observee has any specific areas for development they would like you to pay special attention to
  2. Attend the webinar on time. Try to be online at least 5 minutes in advance.
  3. During the observation (or immediately thereafter), fill in the online Observation form. As you are observing a webinar, you may find it useful to open the observation form on a different device (e.g. your mobile phone), or to make notes on paper. It is preferable to do this online but a copy may be downloaded in advance.
  4. You should observe an hour of practice but if you have not completed their observation, they may stay longer.
  5. Meet with the observee for a post-observation meeting as soon as possible after the observation. During this meeting, you should address the three last questions (14-16) of the teaching observation form.

Important information

You can save the forms (click finish later) to finish them at a time it is more convenient to you. Saving the forms will generate a link that will be emailed to you. Please keep this link in a safe place that you can remember.

After you have submitted the form, make sure you download the document as a .pdf (by following the on-screen instructions), and to share the document with the observee.


Observation process for staff teaching on apprenticeships

Key differences to the peer observation of teaching practice scheme:

  1. The observation needs to be conducted by a manger (rather than a peer).
  2. Staff teaching on apprenticeships need to be observed annually (rather than once every two years).
  3. Staff teaching on apprenticeships need to be observed in an apprenticeship class.
  4. The criteria for observation are enhanced, and a different form needs to be used, which also requires sections to be completed
    1. after the pre-observation meeting
    2. during (or immediately after) the observation
    3. after the post-observation meeting


If you have any questions about the observation of teaching process, please contact expert-academy@uwl.ac.uk