Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Observation Information reviewers

What are the essential protocols that I must observe?

Acting as a reviewer serves two equally important purposes, to:

  • provide feedback to a colleague;
  • observe another's teaching for the purpose of reflecting on and learning about one's own teaching.


  1. Reviewers will approach their role in the spirit of respect and collegiality in a professional and sensitive manner.
  2. The reviewer is a silent observer. While they may initially be introduced to the class (if appropriate), during a class a reviewer will not speak, address the students, participate in learning activities or offer opinions on the teaching or the material presented unless specifically invited to by the academic being reviewed.
  3. Agreements made at pre-observation meetings or discussions will be recorded on the Peer Review Report Template and abided by during the review.
  4. Material generated during the course of peer review (i.e., review plans, reports and handwritten notes) will not be provided to any third party unless otherwise agreed with the reviewee. The reviewer will not discuss the outcomes and discussions of the review with anyone other than the reviewee without the specific permission of the reviewee.

Your challenge?

The challenge for the reviewer:


If the academic is presenting an exemplary session:

Your challenge is to:

find at least one or two suggestions for your peer to consider.

If the academics has a number of areas that could benefit from support:

Your challenge is to:

identify at least one or two things the peer is doing well and acknowledge these and then

decide which areas most importantly need addressing – and limit your feedback to a small number of targeted suggestions. Avoid overwhelming your peer with suggestions.