March 14, 2018

Photo gallery: Round one of the TAWG speaker series

Isabeau Iqbal (left), who leads the Formative Peer Review of Teaching Program at the University of British Columbia's Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology, spoke about "Learning and Evaluating with the Peer Review of Teaching" at SFU's Burnaby campus on March 9, 2018. The presentation was part of a speaker series organized by SFU's Teaching Assessment Working Group (TAWG). Afterwards she interacted with guests (in this case, educational consultant Daria Ahrensmeier from SFU's Teaching and Learning Centre) at an informal reception.

The next presentation and reception in the Teaching Assessment Working Group’s speaker series will take place on April 26, 2018. Guest speaker Philip B. Stark (University of California at Berkeley) will address the shortcomings of student evaluations in a talk titled “Student Evaluations of Teaching (Mostly) Do Not Measure Teaching Effectiveness.” Find out more about the event and register

Speaker Isabeau Iqbal noted that "questions of power, trust and relationship are fundamental to the peer review of teaching," but suggested that the practice offers great benefits, including improved teaching, enhanced data richness for tenure and promotion processes, a stronger university teaching culture, and increased collegiality among instructors.

The inaugural event in the Teaching Assessment Working Group's "Valuing Teaching" speaker series attracted a large audience from the SFU academic community.

Audience members, including Andrew Hawryshkewich (School of Interactive Arts and Technology) and Cindy Xin (Teaching and Learning Centre), had the opportunity to trade thoughts and reactions at an informal reception following Isabeau Iqbal's talk.

Teaching professor Natalia Gajdamaschko (Education), current chair of the Senate Committee on University Teaching and Learning (SCUTL), was among the many faculty members at the event.

Isabeau Iqbal's presentation attracted an interested group from the Teaching and Learning Centre. From left: Juanitta Dare, Mitali Pattani, Eileen Wang and Qing Liu.

Lecturers Claire Bossavit and Somayeh Kamranian [French Department] participate in the reception following Iqbal’s reception, a space designed to foster conversations about how SFU can best evaluate teaching practice.