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Peer Review of Teaching Showcase

During the last two days I have had the opportunity to attend talks and a showcase on peer review. A showcase and networking event Peer Review of Teaching: WHY? HOW? and WHO has the time to do it with me? The workshop flyer: Some photos of the day: I made notes of things that caught my attention, in the form of a mind map (Using the app MindJet on an Android tablet). As a parting thought, I wonder what role e-portfolios could play in peer review - given that e-portfolios provide a means for peers to leave feedback, and portfolios of teaching practice that include artifacts such as unit outlines, recorded lectures, subject content etc could be constructed specifically for peer review purposes.

Visualisation

The use of concept maps in a couple of units in USQ's Post Graduate Certificate in Online Learning help me to see that I am a visual learner. Visualizations help me to see connections quickly, I find it more work to link ideas that been represented using only the textual modality. Many of my colleagues also like the visulisations I create for certain types of information, which can make for very quick reporting. The use of tools to communicate visually with others who like or need to acquire meaning from information and relationships using images or maps is wide spread and can be found in many cultures of course. Infographics are another kind of visualisation that can add context, interest and additonal meaning to otherwise dry statistics and facts. The Evolution of Workplace Technology [ Infographic ] Articles like this one show that using visualisation can be very effective for certain types of information and for certain audiences. One strategy I use in reports that have