Instructional Consultations

Purple registration buttonThe Center for Teaching Excellence provides consulting services to faculty teaching traditional and online instruction. A traditional instructional consultation covers three basic areas of instruction:

  1. Course preparation/planning (including objectives development, syllabus construction, course pacing, etc.)
  2. Course delivery (including content presentation, group management, blended activities, etc.)
  3. Student assessment (including assignment construction, testing procedure, feedback strategies, etc.)

Mini-consultations related to one or more areas of instruction may occur on an as-needed basis at any stage in the semester.

Full-course consultations are more comprehensive reviews of instruction and generally require one or two semesters to complete. The full-course consultation covers all aspects of a course from preparation to delivery to assessment. Typically, these begin with a meeting where the design and objectives of a course are examined and discussed. Over one or two semesters, consultants observe the course and work with the instructor to identify strengths and weaknesses in course design, course delivery, and student assessment. At the end of the process, consultants provide a written evaluation of the course that can be used by instructors to help further improve the course and/or help document teaching performance.

Either mini-consultations or full-course consultations can be initiated at any point in the semester.

Instructional Design Consultations

Faculty who would like to improve the design and delivery of a current online course, or begin the development of a new online course, are invited to contact the Center for Teaching Excellence to be paired with an instructional designer.  The instructional designer will assist the faculty member in a comprehensive evaluation of his or her current course and provide specific and meaningful strategies to improve delivery.

Instructional design consultations can also be requested via the consultation request form or by contacting Amy Hawkins directly at

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