Flinders University lecturers will open their classrooms to fellow academic staff over the next six months in a new program aimed at showcasing teaching styles.
The Open Classroom Scheme will give the University’s academic staff the opportunity to observe and discuss colleague’s teaching styles and learning outcomes.
Project Manager for the Centre for University Teaching (CUT) Helen Stephenson said this was a unique opportunity for academic staff to learn from one another by promoting outstanding teaching styles within the university.
“CUT has received a lot of feedback from staff who value the opportunity to discuss different approaches to teaching and learning with colleagues from other disciplines and faculties,” Ms Stephenson said.
“Discussing what is observed often leads to new ways of thinking about teaching and learning, and hopefully encourages new and engaging teaching approaches.”
Ms Stephenson said academic staff using innovative ways to engage with students were encouraged to ‘open’ their classrooms and share their teaching methods.
Guests attending open classrooms were asked to provide feedback either in writing or in a group discussion with the Open Classroom teacher, she said.
More details on the Open Classroom Scheme and information on how to register is available at http://www.flinders.edu.au/teaching/quality/open-classroom/program.cfm.