Academic development: Summative Peer Review of Teaching (SPRT) 

Summative Peer Review of Teaching (SPRT) at UniSA is a formal process for evaluating an academic staff member's teaching for professional development purposes, probation or promotion. 

SPRT is available to academic staff at UniSA who have teaching as part of their role. It can only be performed by trained UniSA staff reviewers. An SPRT is formally initiated for a staff member by their Dean of Program (or a delegate) in any of the following three instances:

  • anytime within their three-year probation period
  • when applying for promotion
  • for performance development

UniSA established the Summative Peer Review of Teaching (SPRT) process to provide individuals with additional evidence and feedback about their teaching.

The SPRT supplements other forms of teaching and learning data (such as student and course evaluations, learning analytics, pass/fail rates, assessment profiles, retention figures, etc) that collectively can be used to inform decision-making activities such as probation, promotion and performance improvement.

SPRT may provide some qualitative feedback which can be used to improve performance, however, its primary purpose is summative. The SPRT generates evidence to make and substantiate a judgment about a person’s ability to teach, or their performance with respect to some other aspect of teaching and learning. For example, SPRT might be used to evaluate the design of a learning activity or assessment task in a course.  

The SPRT process involves the following steps:

  1. Initiate
    The review manager in discussion with the reviewee initiates the review. The reviewee needs to inform the review manager why they are undertaking the review and the details of the course they are nominating as evidence for review (name, course code, mode, study period). The reviewee also has to identify two reviewers (from UniSA’s trained reviewers’ list) who they want as their reviewers.
  2. Pre-review meeting (1 hour)
    Once the review has been initiated, the reviewers have accepted the invitation to review and the reviewee has accepted the reviewers, the SPRT can progress to the next stage, which is the pre-review meeting. The pre-review meeting is organised by one of the reviewers and is used to discuss the dimensions, environment and evidence nominated for review.
  3. Observation (1 hour)
    The observation is scheduled by one of the reviewers in consultation with the reviewee. The reviewers will independently observe the evidence nominated for review at the scheduled time and date and write their report.
  4. Collaborative report (1 hour)
    The reviewers will meet to write the collaborative report. During this meeting the reviewers will come to a consensus about their observation of the reviewee’s evidence. A single report is written to identify that both reviewers have concurred about the review. Once this report is saved and submitted, an email is sent to the reviewee to add/decline a rejoinder.
  5. Rejoinder
    A rejoinder is a brief justification from the reviewee explaining some of the rating provided by the reviewers. A rejoinder is optional, and a reviewee can decline the invitation to submit one. A rejoinder can only been seen by the reviewee and their review manager. When the reviewee accepts/declines the invitation, saves and submits, an email will be sent to the review manager who will then close the review. This then brings the process to a close and the reviewee can download their SPRT report.


The following video by Dr Shashi Nallaya details the processes, responsibilities and resources associated with SPRT and captures all the elements previously highlighted in the reviewee training workshops.

As a Reviewee:  In order for staff to initiate a SPRT, they need to firstly go to their line manager/Professorial Lead. Once the review is initiated, Reviewees are encouraged to make themselves familiar with the SPRT resources below to help make the most of their preparation and pre-review meeting.

As a Reviewer: SPRT Reviewers are staff from across the University who have been nominated by their Dean of Program (or equivalent) as demonstrating teaching excellence and who have completed the SPRT Peer Reviewer training conducted annually by the TIU. To become an SPRT Reviewer, discuss your interest and eligibility with your Dean of Program (or delegate). Trained reviewers may be invited to carry out up to 3 Peer Reviews per year, with each review comprising a 3 hour workload.

A current list of trained UniSA SPRT reviewers can be viewed in the resources below.

The SPRT process at UniSA is supported by specially designed software that facilitates and documents each stage of the review process:

  • Access to the SPRT online tool is available only to peer review managers (Deans of Programs or equivalent, or delegates); trained peer reviewers; and anyone who has had a review of their teaching initiated (i.e. reviewees).
  • A link to the SPRT online tool can be found in the Staff Portal via the Online Tools menu or via the tabe above.
  • Summative Peer Review of Teaching Help is a learnonline help resource addressing commonly asked questions regarding SPRT and the use of the online platform.

The following resources inform and support UniSA's SPRT process.

Additional resources:

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