Peer-Assisted Reflection on Student Learning (PAROSL)
CRESST provides technical assistance for the Peer-Assisted Reflection on Student Learning (PAROSL) project in collaboration with UCLA’s Center for the Advancement of Teaching; Center for Education Innovation and Learning in the Sciences; and the Excellence in Pedagogy and Innovative Classrooms initiative, which is part of the Division of the Humanities.
The PAROSL process, informed by both research on best practices and extensive stakeholder input, prioritizes collaboration, reflection, and innovation among faculty, rather than evaluation or measurement of proficiency. Substantively, PAROSL focuses on student-centered instruction and inclusive teaching practices. PAROSL aims to enhance the education of UCLA students by creating space for faculty to learn with and from each other.
Qualitative data were collected in 2019 via a small-scale usability study involving eight faculty. These findings were used to refine the initial iteration of PAROSL into a toolkit for faculty to build their teaching practices as part of a collaborative peer observation team. In the context of COVID-19 and increased virtual coursework, the next stage of the project is a transferability study to learn how PAROSL can be adapted to support remote or online instruction. Subsequent stages will involve broader adoption across campus, further refinement, and evaluation.