This Week for Faculty: October 1, 2018

by | Oct 1, 2018

Looking for feedback on your teaching materials, course design, or educational grants? Want to receive confidential feedback on your teaching practices? The CTL offers Consultations and Teaching Observations to better support your needs.

Featured Workshops


General teaching consultations offer faculty support with a CTL consultant who will review your materials and offer personalized, individualized feedback based on your goals. CTL consultants can offer support on a number of teaching-related topics, including:

  • Course and curriculum design (e.g., syllabi review, active learning strategies, assignment design)
  • Inclusive teaching strategies (e.g., establishing positive course climate, accessibility, setting clear course policies and expectations)
  • Professional documents (i.e., teaching statements, diversity statements)
  • Educational grants (e.g., Provost’s Office teaching and learning grants, NSF CAREER grants)
  • Assessment and evaluation (e.g., development of rubrics, implementing strategies to assess student learning, assessing curricular innovations)

Do you need assistance setting up your course in Canvas (CourseWorks), designing hybrid elements of a course, or creating an online course? Did you build a course in Canvas (CourseWorks) and you want expert feedback? Are you thinking about integrating a new form of technology in your classroom? Browse our directory of learning designers (organized by discipline) to contact your learning designer and set up an appointment.

In addition to individual appointments in our Butler Library offices, faculty can receive immediate support on instructional technologies during walk-in consultation hours.

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Teaching Observations

The CTL offers Teaching Observations with trained consultants who can help you think through your course goals, your teaching observation experience, and your future teaching. Additionally, the CTL works with schools, programs, and departments seeking to refine peer teaching observation practices.

Teaching Observations are offered during the fall and spring semesters. In Fall 2018, Teaching Observations will be conducted between Monday, September 17th and Friday, November 16th. To arrange for a teaching observation, please submit the online request form at least two weeks prior to the date when you would like to be observed. A teaching observation consultant will follow up to discuss your goals for student learning and for the observation. Please note that since teaching observations are a popular service performed by a trained CTL consultant, we limit instructors to one observation per academic year. Likewise, the scheduling is “first come, first served.”

Process for Teaching Observations:

  • Step 1: Goal-setting conversation: the instructor discusses student learning and pedagogical goals with the CTL consultant to help focus the Teaching Observation, interpretations, and feedback.
  • Step 2: In-class observation: class is observed for approximately 1 hour, even if the class runs longer.
  • Step 3: Post-observation consultation: instructors meet with their consultant to debrief the teaching observation experience and discuss observed evidence of effective teaching, areas for further development, and next steps.

Upcoming Events

Book Discussion Group for Faculty (CUIMC): “Teach Students How to Learn”

Join us to discuss the book Teach Students How to Learn: Strategies You Can Incorporate Into Any Course to Improve Student Metacognition, Study Skills, and Motivation (McGuire, 2015). During our conversations, we will reflect on current practices to support learning, and how we might integrate practical strategies from the book to boost motivation and learning in their courses. More information here.

Date: Mondays, October 1, 15, 29
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Location: Hospitality Room, 4th Floor (Armory Track and Field Center)


Engaged Lecturing: From Design to Delivery (CUIMC)

While lecture is a common teaching method used across disciplines, it can be challenging to design and deliver them in ways that simultaneously engage students and help them learn important course content. In this session, faculty and instructors will explore the elements of an effectively designed and delivered lecture and leave with strategies to maximize their students’ learning. Faculty will reflect on their own lecturing practices and develop a plan for increasing student engagement. Register here.

Date: Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Location: Hospitality Room, 4th Floor (Armory Track and Field Center)

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Planning ahead?


Teaching question?


Drop in Butler Library 212 for walk-in consultation hours.