Instructional Strategy Consultations
- I want my students to participate in class discussions, but they just sit there.
- My class meets at 8:00 a.m. and half the seats are empty every day.
- What do I need to include in my syllabus?
- I’d like to assign a group project, but I’ve tried them before without much success.
- I want to add an online discussion component to my course, but I don’t know how.
Instructional Strategy Consultations provide one-on-one support for faculty members facing a wide variety of issues related to teaching and learning. Our popular topics include general classroom strategies, teaching with technology, clickers, online/blended course design, service learning, active learning and multimedia integration. Other topics are available upon request.
The Instructional Strategy Consultation will include one or more of the following, depending on the instructor’s needs and time constraints:
- Initial meeting
- At the initial meeting, we will ask you to provide a context for the process by answering some questions about the course, your students, and your teaching.
- Information Gathering/Research Period (optional)
- A CTLT consultant will gather additional information though classroom visits, material reviews, and/or reviews of relevant literature.
- Feedback Phase
- The CTLT consultant will meet with the instructor to share relevant findings from the information gathering/research period.
- Action Phase
- Once you have received our feedback, we ask that you determine a “plan of action” for putting our findings into action to enrich your teaching.
- Only instructors can request a consultation.
- CTLT is not in the business of evaluating teaching. Consultants provide information to be used to improve teaching & learning.
- No information we gather as a result of the consultation process will be shared with anyone else at the university or beyond without the instructor’s express consent. Upon request, we will provide a letter documenting an instructor’s efforts to improve the quality of teaching and learning in a specific course classroom, and instructors are welcome to use those letters in any way they deem appropriate (as an addition to their teaching portfolio, as part of their annual ASPT report, etc.) We would also be happy to send a copy of the letter to a dean, chair, mentor, or DFSC, but only at the written request of the instructor.
- CTLT facilitators will work with interested faculty to determine appropriate timing for consultation.
For more information or to schedule an instructional strategy consultation, please contact the main CTLT number at (309) 438-2542 or email CTLT@ilstu.edu.