A mainstay of the DTEI, teaching consultation is available to all faculty, lecturers, and TAs at UCI. Instructors at all levels and with a wide range of teaching evaluations come for consultation, and for a variety of reasons. Most come because they want to help to improve their students’ learning, not because they are poor teachers (although instructors who are struggling do come for services). Some come because the strategies and tools they’d been using very successfully are suddenly not as successful as before, perhaps because the audience has changed. Some are interested in learning about new evidence-based and “best” practices for teaching and learning, and some are curious about new digital, instructional tools.
For whatever reason instructors ask for consultation, the goal of the meeting is for the consultant to determine what you would like to see happening in your courses; the consultant’s job is to help you come up with strategies that might increase the likelihood of your students achieving the learning outcomes you have set for them. The consultant does not evaluate the teacher nor does the information shared with the consultant get shared without the consultee’s permission.
Many supervising faculty require their TAs to have the DTEI film their classes, so either the TA can meet with a consultant, or so they may review the film in order to provide feedback themselves. The DTEI highly recommends this service, in conjunction with consultees having their students complete a Midterm Feedback Form available through EEE.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org, call (949) 824-6060, or fill out the following Google Form to schedule your consultation.