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Teaching Consultations and Observations

 The Engaged Teaching Hub offers confidential Teaching Consultations and Observations for all UC San Diego Educators throughout the academic year and summer.

To schedule a teaching consultation please fill out this brief google form and a member of the Engaged Teaching Hub will follow up with you directly. 

Teaching Consultations

Whether you are new to teaching or have years of teaching experience, consultations with the highly trained Engaged Teaching team provide valuable pedagogical insights and ideas. Consultations can cover a broad array of teaching-related topics including, but not limited to supporting student engagement in large lectures, creating course goals, designing aligned assessments, and integrating active learning teaching strategies. As part of our consultation process, we offer a review of course materials and CAPEs.

Observations

Classroom observations are a common component of our teaching consultations. This process provides educators with targeted, evidence-based feedback to support teaching improvement and student success.

Our observation protocol includes a pre-meeting to set goals, a classroom observation, and a debrief to review observation findings, and review teaching recommendations. Additionally, we can gather student feedback as a part of the observation.

To schedule an observation please fill out our Teaching Consultation Form.

Student Feedback

We encourage gathering student feedback throughout your course. Give us ten minutes of a class session and we will collect early anonymous feedback on your course to help you assess student learning and make manageable changes to your course.

Writing Pedagogy Consultations

These consultations give educators tools and strategies for effectively integrating writing into their courses. Consultation topics can include the following:

  • Constructing writing assignments that promote deep and meaningful learning
  • Developing practices to effectively, efficiently, and equitably respond to student writing, with a focus on student learning
  • Developing effective grading and assessment practices for student writing, including writing rubric design
  • Working with culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) student writers, including assignment design, feedback, and grading practices for working equitably and effectively with CLD student writers

To schedule a consultation please fill out our Teaching Consultation Form.

Departmental Consultations

In addition to course level consultations, we offer individualized support for departments and programs who are looking to map their curriculum, assess their teaching, or integrate peer review of teaching.

Peer Review of Teaching

The Teaching + Learning Commons Engaged Teaching Hub offers departmental consultation and support for establishing a peer review of teaching (PRT) process. When done well, a formative peer review of teaching process can help improve teaching and inform summative decisions. Consultations and support include:

  • Guidelines for establishing a formal PRT process
  • Customizable instruments informed by evidence-based teaching and teaching evaluation practices
  • Workshops on conducting effective classroom observations
  • Evaluation tools to assess impact of PRT process

For more information, contact engagedteaching@ucsd.edu

Learning Communities

Interested in gathering faculty around a common interest? Reach out to us at engagedteaching@ucsd.edu to support your department in creating a learning community.

Some ideas for potential topics for building a community of scholars include:

  • Incorporating service learning into the curriculum
  • Creating active teaching spaces
  • Curating Open Education Resources
  • Developing instructional resources
  • Strategizing teaching to large classrooms
Dedicating time towards research and teaching writing

Departmental Writing Support

We can work with your department to enhance student writing across your curriculum, develop writing focused curriculum mapping, and help train and support Instructional Assistants to work effectively with student writers. 

Reach out to us at engagedteaching@ucsd.edu for more information.