CTAL is a university-wide unit that supports all who teach at the University of Delaware. This includes faculty, adjuncts, administrators, *graduate students, and staff in their instructional activities. Specifically, CTAL provides a range of free and confidential instructional services to help all members of UD’s teaching community to enhance the teaching, learning, and assessment processes.
*Note: We are not able to provide consultations for teaching assistants (TAs) unless they have been a student in CTAL’s UNIV 600 or UNIV 601 courses, or has served as a CTAL Teaching Fellow.
We consult with individual faculty desiring feedback about their teaching. Areas in which instructors have requested assistance include:
- Designing and revising courses
- Exploring alternative teaching strategies
- Creating original instructional materials
- Mid-semester student feedback review
- Interpreting student ratings constructively and documenting effective teaching
- Developing a teaching portfolio
- Documenting teaching effectiveness in tenure and promotion documents
- Student survey consultation
Research studies have shown that one of the most powerful instructional improvement tools available to faculty is a classroom visit by a knowledgeable consultant. For maximum impact, these activities involve:
- Pre-observation conference to discuss the instructor’s goals and identify the specific types of feedback the instructor desires.
- Classroom visit on the date designated by the instructor.
- Confidential post-observation feedback session to describe what was observed and to explore instructional enrichment strategies.
Classroom observations can be done at any time during the semester. We particularly encourage engaging in these activities early in the semester while faculty still have ample time to respond to feedback and make changes.
Academic Program Review
CTAL supports external accreditation as well as helps assess and document UD’s programmatic and general education assessment for our regional accreditor, The Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
All externally accredited programs are engaged in regularly scheduled accreditation visits. These accreditations are governed by the specific accrediting body. For externally accredited programs, the accreditation self-study and the external reviewers’ report satisfy the self-study and external review components of program review. A few examples of CTAL services in preparation for accreditation include:
- Survey Design for students, recent graduates and alumni
- Curricular Mapping
- ePortfolio development
- Goal setting
- Assessment planning
- Review of self-studies
- Meeting with external review teams