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Definition of Peer Review

Definition of Peers

Types of Reviews

Formative Procedures

Summative Procedures

Summary of Best Practices

References and Resources


What is peer review?

Peer review is evaluation, by colleagues or peers, of all teaching related activities for either formative (for development) or summative (for personnel decision) purposes. Components of either type of review may include course materials, student evaluations, course portfolios, teaching portfolios, documentation of teaching philosophy, teacher self-assessments, classroom observations, and other activities which may be appropriate to a discipline. 

Peer review of teaching may be completed as part of a formative review of teaching process and must be completed as part of the summative review of teaching. Both processes are important to faculty development and the improvement of teaching effectiveness. Since there are different purposes for each type of evaluation, the processes should be conducted independent of each other.  



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