|Title||The Trans-Faculty Peer Review Program for Teaching and Learning|
|Year 1: Project Title||Development of a Peer Review Model for Educators|
|Year 1: Project Year||Year 1|
|Year 1: Funding Year||2005/2006|
|Year 1: Project Type||Small TLEF|
|Year 1: Principal Investigator||Karen Gardner|
|Year 1: Funded Amount||5,413|
|Year 1: Summary|
Objective: To develop a Peer Review Model to be used as an effective mechanism to assist faculty in their growth as teachers.
Rationale: The Faculty of Dentistry is a very progressive dynamic body with outstanding research being conducted in the oral sciences. The education in our Faculty has been quite progressive in the development of Problem Based Learning and has gone to great lengths to take PBL into its mainstream as active learning in the Faculty. However, the Faculty has fallen behind others, such as Nursing and Rehab Medicine, in that there has been very little work in the development of peer reviews in the area of teaching. The design of this project would be to develop a Peer Review Model (PRM) for educators that would be employed as part of the educator's annual performance review. Currently the only formal evaluation of educators is that conducted through the format of student evaluations and while this is valuable information, it is not the whole story.
A PRM would be available to the department heads and the dean for them to use as part of their annual evaluations. In addition, the PRM would be used by the educators as a means by which they could keep abreast of the current trends in education such as:
|Year 2: Project Title||Peer Review Model for Dentistry|
|Year 2: Project Year||Year 2|
|Year 2: Funding Year||2006/2007|
|Year 2: Project Type||Small TLEF|
|Year 2: Principal Investigator||Karen Gardner|
|Year 2: Funded Amount||13,450|
|Year 2: Summary|
Research Question: Will the Peer Review Model developed for the faculty of Dentistry improve the quality of teaching?
Why: Currently a Peer Review Model (PRM) is being developed to assist in improving the quality of education in the faculty of Dentistry. The PRM was developed because at present, educators are only judged through the process of student evaluations and although this is important, it does not tell the whole story. The PRM will help educators improve their teaching because it is being designed to incorporate reflection and dissemination into the review process, both of which are essential tenets for improvement in teaching. While these tenets are not n new, to date they have not been encouraged in the faculty and there are now many educators waiting to progress into this area.
|Year 3: Project Year||Year 3|
|Year 3: Funding Year||2007/2008|
|Year 3: Project Type||Small TLEF|
|Year 3: Principal Investigator||Karen Gardner|
|Year 3: Funded Amount||31,557|
|Year 3: Summary|
The objective of this TLEF proposal is to expand the peer review system initiated in Dentistry to other Faculties. In making this transition, it is important to respect the diversity within these Faculties, such as number of faculty members (Dentistry has two departments, APSC has several departments and two schools, Rehabilitation Sciences one school), instructional format (clinical, PBL, TBL, etc.), organization, and culture.
We propose to formulate a campus-wide PRM based on the model, which has been developed over the past two years in the Faculty of Dentistry. Beginning with the Faculty of Dentistry, Faculty of Applied Science and the School of Rehabilitation Sciences Peer Review Model (PRM) of teaching is developed, based on:
For example, the study by Hamersley-Fletcher and Orsmond "Evaluating our peers: is peer observation a meaningful process?" (2004).
During the PRM development, there will be increasing numbers of teaching units, we intend to have individual faculties and departments conduct research to study the effectiveness of PRM in areas such as teaching effectiveness and excellence, faculty satisfaction, student perspectives on the process, and student outcomes relevant to their academic unit. in this manner, we will be able to modify the program to satisfy campus sustainability and also to develop areas for faculty development (such as the TAG peer review training session's set-up during the second year of the project). As the PRM is extended campus-wide, additional development will be required to address unique teaching modalities such as PBL, TBL and clinical teaching. We will be able to develop another area of the project incorporating on-line learning through observation of video clips on the web-site. The campus wide program now operating at the University of Western Ontario will be investigated in this project.
Funding for the main project would be sought through TLEF with additional funding to study teaching excellence and student outcomes through outside sources such as the S. Wah Leung Foundation for teaching and learning in the Faculty of Dentistry because this program supports many of the tenets in the Trek 2010: A Global Journey such as:
The PRM is of great importance to educators campus-wide as we are now at the point where we can institute a scholarly approach to teaching and the scholarship of teaching (as described in our intention to commence studies on various outcomes of the project). Can a Peer Review Model be developed as an effective mechanism to assist our faculty in their growth as teachers? We believe so because other universities have been successful in this regard. It is time for UBC to develop this area and give our educators another tool with which to enhance their teaching skills.