This collaborative observation cycle is the model we created and developed as part of the HEFCE Innovations in L & T project ‘Improving learning and teaching through collaborative observation‘.
Our approach is underpinned by the belief that improving student learning requires teachers and learners to work together to develop an awareness and understanding of learning collaboratively in the context of their respective programmes of study. Informed by cutting edge research in the field (e.g. O’Leary & Wood, 2016; O’Leary, 2016), a key feature of our methodology is the reconceptualisation and reconfiguration of observation as a method to enhance L & T practices. By using the shared classroom experience as a central reference point, teachers and learners come together to examine these experiences, identify and discuss the critical aspects and reciprocally reflect on their understanding. Removing observation from the context of assessment creates an environment for reflection and dialogue between staff and students. In doing so, this opens new opportunities for the way in which observation can be used as a lens for informing staff and student understanding of effective L & T.
Watch a video commentary of the Collaborative Observation Cycle: https://vimeo.com/224170383