Online peer observation: its value in teacher professional development, support and well-being

Harper, Felicity and Nicolson, Margaret (2013). Online peer observation: its value in teacher professional development, support and well-being. International Journal for Academic Development, 18(3) pp. 264–275.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/1360144X.2012.682159

Abstract

This article discusses an online peer observation project conceived to enhance language-teacher positivity and creativity in synchronous virtual classrooms. Participants worked part-time at the UK’s Open University (OU) in a blended context and came from two different groups distant from each other and geographically dispersed within their own group. As a result of the project, participants perceived an increase in their confidence and greater willingness to experiment. They appreciated better how they fitted into the wider OU teaching community, built new professional friendships and flexible communities of practice, and developed a better understanding of how to progress their own self-development.

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