The Center for Teaching & Learning Excellence provides instructor consultations and observations on an individual basis. We offer consultations before, during, and after each semester. We offer observations of teaching throughout the semester.
Instructors benefit from individual consultations regarding their syllabus, lesson plans, rubrics, or other class materials. Additionally, instructors can request CTLE's in-class observations and/or mid-semester student feedback to obtain feedback that is very rewarding and valuable for their individual teaching strategies and goals.
All CTLE services are confidential. You can find the CTLE Confidentiality Policy here.
This is a two-part service during which a CTLE consultant attends an entire class period conducting an extensive observation of teacher and student behavior. After the observation, the instructor meets with a CTLE consultant to discuss the feedback, field suggestions, and review resources to help refine his/her teaching practice.
In addition to the in-class observation, CTLE will videotape the instructor’s class. The instructor reviews his/her teaching video and completes a self-evaluation as part of the follow-up consultation with the CTLE consultant to collaborate on strategies to refine his/her teaching practice.
As part of CTLE’s Undergraduate Student Experts on Teaching (USET) program, students are required to complete student observations of classes each semester. The students in the program have received training on how to conduct a classroom observation and provide effective feedback. Student observations provided a great opportunity for instructors to understand the student’s perspective on classroom instruction and activities. As with all CTLE observations and consultations, all materials and conversations will be kept confidential.
A CTLE consultant reviews the course materials such as the syllabus, texts, tests, PowerPoint presentations, handouts, project explanations, grading rubrics, worksheets, etc., specifically focusing on objectives, levels of thinking skills, and clarity. The instructor meets with a CTLE consultant to discuss the feedback, field suggestions, and review resources to help refine his/her teaching practice.
Meet with a CTLE consultant regarding a teaching topic of your choice (e.g., grading, rubrics, group work, classroom management, etc.).
Mid-term student feedback is designed to give you personal feedback from your students that can be used to improve your course before the end-of-term student feedback which can often end up in your teaching portfolio and/or files for Retention, Promotion and Tenure purposes.
Students respond to an online questionnaire giving feedback about what is going well in the course and providing suggestions about opportunities for course improvement. Instructors may choose to include three questions in addition to the four standard questions. (Standard questions provide qualitative data).
This is a two-part service in which a CTLE consultant comes to the last 30 minutes of one of the instructor's classes to gather student feedback about what is going well in the course and suggestions about opportunities for course improvement. Focus group feedback is collected in three phases: individual, small group, and whole class feedback. After the focus group, the instructor meets with the CTLE consultant to discuss the feedback, field suggestions, and review resources to help refine his/her teaching practice.
NOTE: It is recommended that mid-term student feedback surveys and focus groups are scheduled after the first major test/project score has been returned to the students. The instructor is not present during the focus group session.
If you have any questions, please contact CTLE at 801-581-7597 or firstname.lastname@example.org.