Summative Peer Review of Teaching

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 Programs (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, it's 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:

  • A meeting between the staff member (the Reviewee) and their Dean of Programs or delegate to discuss and initiate the summative peer review of teaching process.
  • Pre-review organisation, including a pre-review meeting between the Reviewee and the two Reviewers to discuss the context of the activity/resource to be reviewed (30-60 mins max).
  • The observation and review of the activity/resource by the two Reviewers (60 mins max).
  • A single moderated peer review report is generated by the two Reviewers, to which the Reviewee provides (or declines) a response (or rejoinder) (30-60 mins).
  • The Dean of Programs (or delegate) closes the review 

Each of these steps is facilitated by the Summative Peer Review of Teaching (SPRT) online tool.

  • As a Reviewee:  To have a Summative Peer Review of your Teaching, the first step is to meet for a discussion with your Dean of Programs (or their delegate) who can initiate the process.  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.

What resources are available?

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

Additional resources:

 

 

 

  • Reviewee Preparation for an SPRT This 1.5 hour TIU workshop outlines the SPRT process and engages participants in practical steps to prepare for the pre-review meeting with reviewers. Visit RegisterIT to see available sessions, or contact the TIU to express your interest.
  • UniSA SPRT Peer Reviewer Training Program.  This TIU led program runs annually for those staff nominated by their Dean of Programs as having demonstrated teaching excellence. The program requires approximately 7 hours commitment over four scheduled sessions, providing an overview of the principles underpinning summative peer review at UniSA, as well as practical experience of undertaking the roles of both reviewee and reviewer. All four modules must be completed in order for a staff member to be entered into the pool of SPRT Reviewers. Trained reviewers may be invited to carry out up to 3 Peer Reviews per year, with each review comprising a 3 hour workload.

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 (ie reviewees).
  • A link to the SPRT online tool can be found in the Staff Portal via the Online Tools menu.
  • Summative Peer Review of Teaching Help is a learnonline help resource addressing commonly asked questions regarding SPRT and the use of the online platform.