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Departmental Consultations

Our consultants are available to assist departments, schools, and programs with a variety of instructional and curricular issues. We have collaborated with many departments to design faculty meetings, retreats, and working group sessions. Here are some of the requests we have met:

  • Can you meet with our curriculum planning committee?
  • Can you help us develop a plan for assessing student learning outcomes in our major?
  • Our teaching evaluation committee has some questions. Can you help?
  • Could you meet with a group of faculty to devise a plan for peer evaluation of teaching?
  • How should we adapt our teaching for computer lab classes?
  • Can you help us develop plans to move some of our courses online?
  • We'd like our faculty to learn more about teaching with X [Oncourse Tests and Surveys, clickers, plagiarism detection tools, etc.].
  • Our AIs have had a lot of teaching experience, can you lead a session for them about advanced techniques for discussion sections?
  • Could we design a lesson to help our AIs better meet the needs of students in our [science] labs?
  • Can you help us train our AIs to be more effective and consistent graders of written assignments?

Our consultants develop specific workshops at the request of individual departments. A few of the cases we have helped with are described below:

  1. Facilitating Microteachings: A departmental pedagogy instructor wanted a facilitator from CITL to conduct microteachings (five-minute lessons given to a group of peers). The consultant came to the preceding class and described what microteachings were and how they would be conducted, as well as what the students needed to prepare for the assignment. The following week, the class split into several groups, with the instructor and several consultants serving as facilitators for the peer review exercise. Students reported that it was one of the most useful exercises of the semester.
  2. Learning More About Discussion: A group of faculty from a particular department wanted to learn more about current discussion methods and invited a CITL consultant to present a workshop during a faculty luncheon. When the consultant presented the workshop, it sparked a lively and useful conversation among the faculty about their teaching styles.
  3. Using Teaching Evaluations: A group of instructors wanted to learn how to interpret end–of–the–semester student evaluations and how to use them to revise courses for the next semester. A CITL consultant gave a brief overview of the evaluations and discussed the elements in the evaluations that were highly correlated with improved student learning. He then explained how to identify areas of concern and how one could address them.

In addition, the Writing Program of the CITL organizes departmental workshops for faculty and graduate students about incorporating writing into courses.

Contact us if we can help with any of your group’s or department’s needs.