MMU Good Practice Exchange


Developmental Observation

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Principle 6 of the MMU Strategy for Learning, Teaching and Assessment identifies developmental, peer observation of teaching practice as an important component for improving our teaching practice and programmes. 

This film features a developmental observation of Dr Paul Smith, Senior Lecturer in Chemistry & Environmental Science, delivering a lecture. It outlines the steps involved in a developmental observation, namely the pre-observation discussion, the observation of a taught session, followed by verbal and written feedback.

Feedback from developmental observations can support HEA fellowship applications. This is a formal professional recognition of your role in teaching and/or supporting learning based on the  Professional Standards Framework (PSF).

Paul said, following the developmental observation:

"I thought it would be useful to get some feedback on the process. There might be bad habits I have got into over years of doing it that I don’t notice any more, so it is good to have a fresh pair of eyes."

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Paul Smith
Chemistry and Environmental Science

Kath Botham

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