Learning from peers - an introduction to peer review


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The presentation, considers how participants of a quality assurance evaluation within Higher Education, can achieve the maximum possible outcome by correctly managing the self-assessment and review processes.
Presented at the EDEN 2013 'Joy of Learnimg' conference in Oslo, Norway.

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Learning from peers - an introduction to peer review

  1. 1. www.efquel.orgLearning from PeersAn introduction to peer-reviewAnthony F. Camilleri 13th June 2013 – VISIR Session – The Joyof Learning EDEN Conference - OSLO
  2. 2. www.efquel.orgWhat‘s in a Name?Audit Expert-ReviewObjective SubjectivePrecise standards Broad guidelinesVerifies account of client Interprets account of clientRequires detailed knowledge ofadministrative proceduresRequires detailed knowledge of thesubject area concernedstandards-basedreview
  3. 3. www.efquel.orgWho is a peer?• an expert in the field• an expert in what field?• e-learning!• what is e-learning?
  4. 4. www.efquel.orgFeatures of an Expert-Peerexperience incourse design and deliveryfamiliar withbest-practicecomparative perspectivesense of missionnatural communicator
  5. 5. www.efquel.orgA reviewer is a communicatorUniversityAgencyReview Team
  6. 6. www.efquel.orgInter-subjectivity• different subjective perceptions, taken fromdifferent viewpoints, give an objectiveview of reality• the quality basis of an external review• requires consensusconsensus is not a diplomatic nicetybut an essential pre-requisite of quality
  7. 7. www.efquel.orgLearning fromself-assessment
  8. 8. www.efquel.orgThere is no such thingas objective quality
  9. 9. www.efquel.orgHow to learn from self-assessment1. Read the quality standard2. Understand the quality standard3. Ask Questions4. DO NOT fill it in5. Discuss it – with all stakeholders in the institutiona. How do we meet the standard?b. What can we do better?c. Does it apply in all areas?6. Discuss it some more – do some implementation7. Have you internalised standard?8. Now fill in the questionnaire
  10. 10. www.efquel.orgA look at the Quality Cycle• Do• Check• Plan• Actアクション計画実行チェックCHECK should be read as STUDYin English Check implies ‚to hold back‘(Deming, 1980)
  11. 11. www.efquel.orgA Need to Prioritise• Do• Check• Plan• Actアクション計画実行チェック
  12. 12. www.efquel.orgBe Honest„Most Quality Managers are Magicians―Look Heredon‘t look here!
  13. 13. www.efquel.orgWhat will self-assessmentproduce• A time to think, communicate and strategize• A better understanding of institutionalprocesses• An overview of where we are and hopefullywhere we need to go• A report
  14. 14. www.efquel.orgLearning frompeer-review
  15. 15. www.efquel.orgTheShow-OffThePoliticianTheGrumpyTheBoredDon’t be one of these people….
  16. 16. www.efquel.orgHow to approach a peer-review• Understand the purpose of the review• Understand your role in the review– Your impressions– Of your part in the instituion• Be candid and informative• Don’t try to hide things (you’ll be caught)
  17. 17. www.efquel.orgMain result of peer-reviewan external evaluation of yourinstitutional quality (procedures)a reporta certificate
  18. 18. www.efquel.orgRun the cycle again• Do• Check• Plan• Actアクション計画実行チェック
  19. 19. www.efquel.orgRememberNO process is withouterrorsThere is ALWAYS roomfor improvement
  20. 20. www.efquel.orgWhat to do with the report1. Read the report2. Understand the report3. Ask Questions4. Discuss it – with all stakeholders in the institutiona. What did we miss in our Self-Assessment?b. Have our assumptions been confirmed or refuted?c. How can we do it better5. Discuss it some more – do some implementation6. Have you internalised the recommendations?7. Now start the cycle again.
  21. 21. www.efquel.orgTHANK-YOUfor your attentionFeedback is welcome!Released under a Creative CommonsAttribution ShareAlike 3.0 Belgium LicenseYou are free:• to Share — to copy, distribute and transmitthe work• to Remix — to adapt the workUnder the following conditions:Attribution — You must attribute the work in themanner specified by the author or licensor (butnot in any way that suggests that they endorseyou or your use of the work).Share Alike — If you alter, transform, or buildupon this work, you may distribute the resultingwork only under the same or similar license tothis one.13th June 2013 – VISIR Session – The Joy of Learning EDENConference - OSLOwww.efquel.org„Learning from Peers: An introduction to peer review“Anthony F. Camillerianthony@camilleri.comhttp://www.slideshare.net/anthonycamilleri/