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Teaching consultations


Our dedicated team is available full-time to help provide resources and solutions to pedagogical and technological questions related to teaching and learning. The CTL team possesses a broad range of expertise and experience from pedagogy, course design and development to using innovative technologies, course evaluations and more. 

There are three ways to meet with our staff: 

Face-to-Face Consultation Face-to-Face Consultation
Telephone Consultation Telephone Consultation
Web Conference via Zoom Web Conference via Zoom

The Teaching Consultant can meet with instructors to provide advice, support and resources on a wide variety of teaching-related topics. Here are some of the most common consultation topics: 

  • Reviewing a course syllabus
  • Decolonizing & indigenizing the classroom/curriculum
  • Selecting and implementing the appropriate pedagogical approach, teaching strategies and techniques, such as: active learning, flipped classroom, group work, class discussions, etc.
  • Classroom management issues
  • Designing assignments and other assessments
  • Grading
  • Selecting the most appropriate technologies
  • Implementing inclusive teaching strategies
  • Lesson planning
  • Preparing a teaching dossier (refer to the Teaching Dossier pages on Carrefour for more information on preparing a teaching dossier.)
  • Interpreting course evaluations (refer to the Course evaluations pages on Carrefour for more information on accessing and interpreting your course evaluations.)

In addition to the standard teaching consultations, we offer specific services as listed below.

Classroom Observations can be requested by instructors at any stage in their career who are interested in getting feedback on their teaching. The Teaching Consultant regularly observes classes to provide feedback on pedagogy, classroom management, etc.

Once an instructor requests an observation, the Teaching Consultant will be in touch to set up a Pre-Observation meeting to discuss background information and the instructor's specific motivation for the observation. The Teaching Consultant will observe a lecture at a pre-determined time. After the lesson, the instructor completes a reflection, and the Teaching Consultant prepares a confidential report on the lesson. Within one week of the observed lesson, the Teaching Consultant and instructor meet to discuss the lesson and review the report with observations, comments and suggestions before it is finalized.

If an instructor would like support in developing a new course or revamping an existing course, the CTL can work with individual or a team of instructors to ensure the development of the course follows an evidence-based approach to course design. We can provide support materials and expertise on every aspect of the design of courses as we work together through each step.

Mid-course feedback can provide valuable information for making changes in teaching before summative evaluation of a course. A teaching consultant is available to aid with interpretation of responses and offer suggestions for improving teaching effectiveness.

There are two ways to conduct mid-course surveys: electronically or paper-based.

CTL Electronic Survey

The CTL offers facilitation of electronic mid-course feedback surveys. If an instructor would like to set up a mid-course survey, they should complete the consultation request form and include their name, email, course number and section. Once the request has been processed, the instructor will receive an email with a link to an anonymous online questionnaire they can share with their students and a link to view the results. The questions for this survey cannot be modified in any way.

*Note that you can also create your own customized anonymous mid-course survey in Moodle using the Feedback activity.

Paper Survey

You can also implement a paper-based version of the same survey, or create your own. Typically, instructors will get higher participation rates with a paper-based survey and you can customize the questions. 

Please see our Mid-course evaluations page for more information.

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