Peer Assisted Teaching Scheme (PATS)

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Peer Assisted Teaching Scheme (PATS)


The Peer Assisted Teaching Scheme (PATS) offers collaborative support to enhance teaching quality and course improvement arranged through mentoring pairs. PATS is an integrated quality enhancement process for collegial collaborative quality improvement of teaching and course design. The Scheme provides a structured framework for academics to reinvigorate their teaching, and/ or their course design through collegial conversations, and support. It provides a planned sequenced process for academics to share ideas, discuss improvement and develop future educational innovations in a supported process.

About PATS

Mentees in the PATS scheme work through a number of structured activities. These include developing a strategic plan for course improvement, gathering informal student feedback, peer observation of teaching, critical reflection on current practice and developing an action plan for future course improvements with a focus on developing an innovation in your course.There have been 33 partnerships since 2012.

Further information for staff interested in participating is available on MyUSC.

Become involved in PATS

  • Would you like to work with a colleague to improve your course?

  • Do you want to gain feedback on your teaching from multiple sources?

  • Would you like extra support to develop an innovation or blended learning element that enhances your course design? 

If you answered Yes, the Peer Assisted Teaching Scheme (PATS) could be for you. The structured process of PATS will give you the opportunity to work collaboratively over a semester with a mentor who is a USC colleague. The scheme prompts sharing and discussion while focusing on an aspect of course innovation. You will be prompted to come up with strategies and solve problems in a collaborative supportive environment.

Caroline Cottman, Academic Developer with the Centre for Support and Advancement of Learning and Teaching (C-SALT) is the Coordinator of the Peer Assisted Teaching Scheme at the University. If you would like to discuss becoming part of PATS please contact Caroline on telephone +61 7 5456 5762 or email

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