Faculty-student engagement in teaching observation and assessment : a Hong Kong initiative

James Stuart POUNDER, Hung Lam, Elizabeth HO, Julie GROVES

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There is now a worldwide focus on the quality of university teaching and yet there is general dissatisfaction in universities with the student evaluation of teaching system. Peer observation of teaching seems to hold much promise in the assessment of teaching quality, but such observation pays little attention to the quality of teaching as perceived by students. One approach to overcome this deficiency is for faculty and students to also partner in the assessment of a faculty member’s teaching, with a student trained in observation and feedback techniques acting as a peer in the observation process. This paper describes and evaluates an ongoing student consultant initiative at Lingnan University in Hong Kong. It presents faculty and student observations in terms of the benefits to faculty regarding potential enhancement of university teaching, and the benefits to students especially in terms of close collaboration with faculty and training in consultation techniques. The paper notes that the student consultant initiative has been more popular with students than faculty, and recommends further investigation of the potential of such programmes in Hong Kong higher education.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1193-1205
Number of pages13
JournalAssessment and Evaluation in Higher Education
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016


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