Peer Assisted Teaching at La Trobe

PATS aims to reinvigorate subjects through collegial exchange of information, skills and knowledge about how to change teaching practices to improve student learning.  Fortnightly meetings between colleagues provides opportunities to share ideas, discuss improvements, and develop future educational innovations in response to the needs of student cohorts. The overarching aim of PATS is to contribute to the development of a culture of continuous improvement of teaching at La Trobe University.

These activities are intended to establish a Peer Assisted Teaching Scheme (PATS) at La Trobe University. The scheme supports subject coordinators to improve student outcomes in subjects.

PATS Advisors can either self-nominate or be nominated by APVCs Coursework and Heads of Schools. Applications for Advisors are invited from interested academics at the start of each semester.  A Register of PATS Advisors will be published each semester via an all staff email inviting staff to join the scheme as participants.

From 2017 PATS will be an on-going LTLT Program open to all teaching staff who would like to improve an aspect of their teaching via peer observation and advice.

Participant numbers are limited each semester by the number of advisors available. For further information about participating in the PATS scheme, along with a Registry of PATS Peer Advisers, as well as detailed e-book guides for both advisers and those staff seeking advice, please see the PATS LMS page (self-enrol). Please also register for one of the briefing sessions below.

Download the Advisor and Participant Information [PDF468KB]. For an alternative format, please contact ltlt@latrobe.edu.au


The Peer Assisted Teaching Scheme (PATS) has two key elements:

  1. Peer Advice
  2. Peer Observation

Peer Advice

Purpose

PATS aims to support colleagues to share and exchange practical advice about how to improve student learning in a subject. Opportunities to share ideas, and develop teaching strategies and implement improvements during a teaching period are typically exchanged between an experienced practitioner and an individual academic or small group of academics over a semester.

Advice is available for subject teaching, subject design and subject leadership.

Principles

Peer advice is confidential, focused on finding practical solutions to issues identified after an analysis of student experiences of a subject, and aimed at improving student success as measured by progression, retention and satisfaction indicators.

Process

For those seeking Advice (Participant)

PATS participant places are limited by the number of advisors available.  PATS participant places will be opened for self-nomination biannually with staff notified by an all staff email.

Participants can obtain information about available Advisors from the Advisor Register. PATS participant places are limited by the number of advisors available. PATS participant places will be opened for self-nomination biannually with staff notified by an all staff email.

For further information, including indicative workload allocations, as well as Recognition and Reward for PATS participation, please see the Getting Started e-book for those seeking advice on the PATS LMS page

For Advisors

PATS Advisors are nominated by APVCs Coursework and Heads of Schools. For further information, including indicative workload allocations, as well as Recognition and Reward for PATS advising, please see the Getting Started e-book for advisors on the PATS LMS page.

Peer Observation

Purpose

Peer Observation of Teaching (POT) aims to provide constructive feedback from peers to peers about the delivery of teaching in a subject, with the aim of implementing changes to teaching in the short and longer term. Reciprocal review is encouraged.

Principles

Peer observation is confidential, focused on improving student experiences of teaching in a subject and aimed at developing teaching skills and confidence.

Process

For Reviewees
  • Identifying an Observer
  • Preparing an Observation Brief
  • Advising students of the observation,
  • Response to feedback
For Reviewers
  • Becoming an Observer
  • Arranging the observation
  • Providing feedback
  • Assisting with Professional Development planning

For further information on the Peer Observation process please see the relevant information in regard to either:

Teaching Delivery

Teaching Design

Teaching Leadership


Peer Assisted Teaching Scheme Briefing Sessions

Take part in a scheme that connects academics with a network of support. You may contribute as either an Adviser or a Participant. Briefing sessions for both Advisers and Participants are run in both semesters.

Focus

Design, Deliver and Leadership

Activities

Practice-based support: Self-paced online module
Peer support: embedded in modules and workshop delivery
Formal learning: Briefing sessions

Briefing Sessions (Advisers)

This session is targeted at those who have been nominated as PATS Advisers or wish to become an advisers.

DateTime TopicRegister
05/07/1710.00am-12.00pmBriefing Sessions (Advisers)Register here for Briefing Sessions (Advisers)

Briefing Sessions (Participants)

Be introduced to a network of experienced academic staff who are able to support you in developing your teaching performance.

DateTime TopicRegister
06/07/179.30am-12.00pmBriefing Sessions (Participants)Register here for Briefing Sessions (Participants)
28/08/179.30am-12.00pmBriefing Sessions (Participants)Register here for Briefing Sessions (Participants)

For further inquiries, please contact the College PATS Coordinator:

Brad Hodge (SHE)
E: B.Hodge@latrobe.edu.au.

Dr Ying Yu (ASSC)
E: y.yu@latrobe.edu.au