Open Classroom initiative

Welcome to the Open Classroom initiative.


Suitable for: academic and professional service staff at the University of Birmingham.

Taking part in the Open Classroom will provide participants a safe space to develop and enhance their teaching practice. If you choose to take part in the initiative you will be able to observe, or have observed a particular
element of teaching that you would like to learn about or showcase.


Unlike traditional peer observation schemes there will be no form filling or reporting back to other staff, although you will be asked to give feedback on the initiative via an online survey. Please note that the Open Classroom is not a replacement of current University guidelines on peer observation within Schools and Departments, but acts as a complementary initiative to current practice of this kind.

Registration for term 2 of the Open Classroom 19/20 is now open. To enter into the Open Classroom, please fill in the registration form. Please ensure you use your email address, otherwise we will be unable to enter you into the initiative.

The deadline for registration will be 31st January 2020, where you will then be paired with a colleague until 19th June 2020. When registering, please take into account whether you will have a sufficient amount of teaching during this term to ensure observations can take place.








The information stored will be used to ensure staff are matched with colleagues based on form responses.  Where possible, we aim to bring together staff based on areas of interest with a cross-disciplinary focus, but this may not always be possible.  Whilst HEFi will match and introduce colleagues who have entered into the Open Classroom, it is then up to partnered staff to arrange a convenient date and time for the experience to take place.