Information for applicants

Information to support applicants throughout the peer review process.

Peer review is about generating evidence of teaching practice – not about receiving formative peer feedback – for teaching and academic staff members applying for an individual RMIT Teaching Award.

The aim of the peer review observation is to demonstrate effective teaching practice in relation to the dimensions of teaching that have been agreed upon in the pre-observation meeting.

Keep in mind that peer review is only one element of a teaching award.

Please read over all the sections of the peer review website to familiarise yourself with all aspects of the process.

All communication with the Education Portfolio about peer review is to be conducted through the email address

How do I request a peer review?

Intending applicants should submit a request using the online registration form.

  • When submitting your request, you will be asked to:
  • Nominate an information session date – you are required to attend a compulsory information session to learn about the process and your role.
  • Nominate three preferred times and dates to be observed – every effort will be made to find reviewers for one of your preferred sessions. If this is not possible, you will be contacted directly to nominate additional times and dates.
  • If required, request that a particular reviewer not be allocated to your peer review. Review the list of approved peer reviewers.

Where does a peer review take place?

Your peer review observation is undertaken in any face-to-face class. All teaching formats can be reviewed, including lectures, workshops, seminars, studios, tutorials, and lab classes. You may choose which of your classes you wish to have observed.

Reviews can be conducted at any of the University’s Melbourne campuses.

How long is a review report valid for?

A peer review is valid for teaching awards for a full two year cycle. For example, a teacher who has been peer reviewed in 2016 (Semester 1 or 2) would be eligible for applications throughout 2017 and 2018.

The same peer review may be used as the necessary evidence of your teaching to apply for a teaching award. Note that you must submit your most recent peer review report as the evidence.

How can I prepare for my review?

It is strongly suggested that you practice and prepare thoroughly before your peer review.

One recommended method for practice is to ask trusted school colleagues or college learning and teaching staff to act as peer reviewers in trial observations. Ask them to provide feedback on your performance against the requirements in the template.

You could also get involved in peer partnerships to receive substantial formative feedback on your teaching prior to applying for peer review.

Who are the peer reviewers?

Peer reviewers are learning and teaching experts from higher education and vocational education schools as well as college offices and the Education Portfolio. Staff are nominated to become a reviewer by their colleges based on their teaching and education credentials, including their teaching experience, knowledge of learning and teaching, and teaching awards.

All peer reviewers have attended peer review training to meet the requirements of this role.

What if I need to withdraw from my peer review?

If you wish to withdraw from the peer review process prior to or after your observation, please immediately email to advise of your withdrawal.

Quick links

To request peer review, please return this form:

To submit a rejoinder, please return this form:

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