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Individual Instructional Consulting

The Center for Faculty Development provides to all MSU Denver teaching faculty (full-time or affiliate) one-on-one instructional consulting for continuous improvement of teaching.
To request a consultation, contact the Director at 303-352-7025.      
There are several reasons why, as teaching faculty, you may be interested in instructional consulting.

  1. You may want to assess the effectiveness of a specific teaching strategy.
  2. You may want to discuss issues related to a class you are teaching but prefer not to do so with departmental colleagues.
  3. You may want to enhance self-awareness about your teaching, develop new approaches to engaging students, or simply obtain feedback on which to base improvement.

Instructional consulting at the Center for Faculty Development is voluntary, formative, and strictly confidential.
While instructional consulting will be tailored to your individual needs, most consulting services will involve some combination of the following:

  • Mid-semester feedback: This entails a collaborative examination of cours(es) in progress, possibly including classroom observations and/or soliciting feedback from students. The consultant and instructor work together to identify areas for improvement.
  • Classroom observation: The objective with classroom observations is to provide formative feedback to help the instructor improve his/her course. The process includes both pre- and post-observation meetings between the instructor and the consultant. During the classroom observation, the instructor looks at what is said and done, including teacher-student interaction, student-student interaction, and student behavior. A final report and the post-observation meeting will assist the instructor in those areas where attention is called for, such as interaction/rapport, organization/clarity, presentation/delivery, or student participation/activities.
  • Small Group Instructional Diagnosis (SGID): This is a specific method designed to solicit student feedback. The consultant visits the class for about 30 minutes with the instructor absent, breaks the class into small groups, and asks the groups for their input on what they like about the course, what they would like changed about the course as currently taught, and what additional suggestions they have. The consultant compiles this feedback and in a follow-up meeting with the instructor discusses students’ responses and approaches to addressing their concerns.
  • The above consulting services are available at any time, but feedback from them can be put to best use during the middle third of a semester.

Additional consulting services include:

  • Online teaching consultation: Online instructors can seek consulting on any range of questions regarding their courses. In the case of online courses, instructors may be advised to consult as well the Director of Online Learning or the staff at the Educational Technology Center.
  • Course design: Teaching faculty can come to the Center for Faculty Development for individualized help with any questions they may have regarding course design, including syllabus development, grading and evaluation, or the development of innovative teaching activities to foster deep learning.
  • Student Ratings of Instruction (SRI) analysis: Instructors work with the consultant to identify themes or trends in the student ratings from their previous courses and to explore responses.