Services, Workshops, Seminars
The Center for Teaching and Assessment of Learning (CTAL) supports Graduate students who serve as teaching assistants and/or who plan to pursue teaching careers in higher education. CTAL staff members provide a variety of services to support Graduate TAs in both their instructional roles and professional development as a graduate student. These services are confidential and compliment the support and preparation received in departments and through the office of Graduate and Professional Education.
How can I learn more about learning and teaching in general?
- Seminars, Sessions, & Informal Conversations on Instructional Topics
Each semester CTAL offers sessions on various instructional topics such as active learning, syllabus design, course planning and group work. These hands-on sessions include First Friday Roundtables & Teaching and Learning Conversations (TLCs) and are designed to introduce you to interactive teaching methods and to help you incorporate them effectively into your teaching. Visit http://ctal.udel.edu/ for current offerings.
- Annual Orientation for TAs
Each pre-fall CTAL coordinates the TA Orientation, which gives you a chance to share experiences with fellow graduate students and become familiar with instructional policies and resources at the University. The event is designed for newly appointed TAs. It orients TAs to their instructional roles at UD and introduces them to sound teaching practices. Topics range from advice for the first weeks of class and academic policies to considerations for grading, and approaches to active learning. Senior TA Fellows, faculty, and professional staff facilitate the sessions. The conference is followed by departmental orientations.
This course explores the cognitive, affective, and social aspects of the learning process. The coursework seeks to help participants develop skills to facilitate student learning in their respective disciplines. (Spring 2016)
This course familiarizes participants with sound teaching principles and innovative teaching methodologies that pertain to their academic fields. The coursework has a practical orientation, and seeks to help participants enhance their classroom performance and teach effectively in their respective disciplines. (Fall 2015)
The CTAL Blog provides introductions to pertinent teaching topics and quick, just-in-time teaching tips.
How can I receive feedback on my teaching?
- Individual Instructional Consultations
You may work with a teaching consultant to obtain information about your teaching and your students’ learning. The following are some typical areas in which TAs request assistance: student participation, organization and presentation of content, active learning, student feedback, assignments and exams, and overall course design.
- Classroom Observations
Many TAs have found a classroom observation invaluable. The consultant meets with you first to discuss what questions you may have about your teaching and how an observation might benefit you. The instructional consultant then observes a class session. Following the observation, the consultant shares with you what s/he saw and raises questions about the class session. As a result of the observation, you can decide how to incorporate and implement these instructional adjustments.
- Critique of Audio or Digital Class Recording
If you would like to see what your actual teaching is like, you can create a digital recording of your class. After the class is recorded, you and a consultant view the recording and discuss aspects of your instruction. You can then use the information to determine what instructional changes you want to make and how to implement them.
How can I use student feedback to enhance my teaching effectiveness?
- Early-Term Student Feedback
Getting student feedback on their learning experiences early in the semester helps you adjust your teaching and support student learning. Students have responded very positively to the process; they appreciate having the opportunity to provide input early in the semester. You may invite a teaching consultant to your class to conduct class interviews to help identify what helps students learn and what changes could further enhance their learning. The consultant can help you design online student feedback surveys using Canvas, Sakai or Qualtrics and interpret the data.
What instructional resources are available to me?
- Resource Library
CTAL maintains a library of print and online resources on various aspects of learning and teaching in higher education. Materials can be checked out. Visit the CTAL Library in 212 Gore Hall or online (see our Teaching menu selection): http://ctal.udel.edu
How do I set up an initial appointment?
Consultations are provided on a one –time or continuing basis and are entirely confidential, voluntary and free of charge. Call or send email to CTAL (CTALemail@example.com) and we will contact you regarding your request.