Fostering Deep Reflection on Teaching in a Globalised World Through Peer Partnerships

Angela CLARKE
RMIT University, Australia
angela.clarke@rmit.edu.au

Andrea CHESTER
RMIT University, Australia
andrea.chester@rmit.edu.au

Fiona WEIBUSCH
RMIT University, Viet Nam
fiona.weibusch@rmit.edu.vn

Dallas WINGROVE
RMIT University, Australia
dallas.wingrove@rmit.edu.au

Melanie BROWN
RMIT University, Viet Nam
melanie.brown@rmit.edu.vn

Abstract

Universities are central to the dissemination of knowledge and the development of transferable skills that equip graduates with the attributes to thrive in an internationalised knowledge society. It is therefore incumbent upon tertiary institutions to invest in professional development for teaching staff that ensures quality learning experiences for students regardless of location. In this presentation we discuss a peer feedback on teaching program that has been successfully introduced in our Australian and Vietnam campuses. Over the past two years, the healthy uptake of our program known as Peer Partnerships (195 participants and 24 leaders), which requires 8 - 10 hours of commitment over a semester, shows that this professional development activity has struck a chord with our academics. Critical to the uptake is a set of principles devised to help foster a culture of intrinsically motivated adult learning. These guiding principles resonate strongly with academics and foster an environment of mutual exchange whereby individuals are able to authentically align their personal goals with the strategic directions of the university. Based on participant evaluations, this program offers meaningful and engaged professional development that fosters deep reflection on teaching practice. In this presentation we focus particularly on the way the program fosters learning and builds relationships. We identify strategies and processes that support the successful implementation of this program in a transnational context. We discuss the complexities of working in multiple locations and the ways we have fostered learning, built relationships and garnered support for this program across the globe.

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