Interested in ways to enhance your teaching methodology, evaluations, observations, etc.?
The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning is dedicated to the support and advancement of best practices in teaching and learning at the University of Connecticut. The staff of CETL work with individual faculty, teaching assistants, students, departments and the academic administration to create a culture which values teaching and learning, supports and rewards faculty for innovation in teaching, encourages respect for differences in learners and provides an environment where faculty, staff, and students work together to accomplish the learning objectives.
General teaching consultation services are available to all UConn faculty at all campuses at no charge.
All services rendered in consultations are confidential and shared only with the client. CETL consultants provide supportive and formative feedback; though they do not provide information or evaluation for tenure, promotion or hiring decisions, clients may use the consultation reports as they see fit. Consultations can span a range of topics and formats, depending on the interests of the faculty. Some of the areas that can be addressed in consultations are:
- classroom related issues or concerns
- student evaluations
- instructional methods: active learning techniques, group work, interactive lectures, etc.
- instructional design of courses or redesign of existing courses
- resources on specific teaching topics: teaching freshmen, classroom management, civility, teaching large classes, midterm feedback on teaching
- presentation skills
- observations or videotaping and feedback
- application of educational technologies to achieve learning and course objectives
Using Student Evaluations to Improve a Course
Many faculty dread reading those end-of-semester student evaluations (even when they are good!), yet these scores are frequently used in making evaluations and decisions for tenure, merit and reappointment. Find out how to turn student comments into classroom action, how to improve your ratings without “selling out,” and how to analyze what those numbers really mean.
Incorporating Effective Presentation Skills
Coaching for presentation skills is available as a one-on-one service to provide faculty with an opportunity to work on their delivery for classroom or conference presentations. Feedback and plans for improvement will focus on both verbal and non-verbal behaviors such as the use of voice modulation, physical presence, space, body language, intonation and effective pro-social speech.
Learning from Classroom Observation
For those instructors who would like to be observed and given feedback, consultations can be arranged for a one-time observation or for ongoing work with feedback and successive observations. All observations involve a pre-observation and post-observation meeting with the consultant. Faculty will receive a confidential written report for each observation.
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