Instructional Consultations & Class Visits
Instructors may make an appointment to meet with a McGraw consultant. Consultation services are designed to respond to requests concerning teaching, course design and student learning. These non-evaluative consultations may address any number of topics, including but not limited to: preparing a syllabus or teaching philosophy statement, leading discussions or problem sets, trying out new approaches or techniques in lecture, lab, or precept, and grading student work.
We do review Statements of Teaching Philosophy for participants in our Teaching Transcript program, but recommend that you read our web pages and FAQs on writing teaching statements as you write or revise your statement and before you request a meeting.
AIs and other instructors can arrange for a consultant from the McGraw Center to observe a lecture, lab or precept and provide confidential, constructive feedback. Classroom visits are generally preceded by a brief meeting in which the instructor describes his or her objectives for the session and may suggest what he or she would like the observer to focus. After the class session, the consultant and instructor meet for a descriptive, non-evaluative discussion of the class with feedback for the instructor. If the instructor indicates interest in changing aspects of his or her teaching, the consultant can suggest information resources or strategies for doing so. Instructors may choose to repeat the observation process during the same semester or at a later point.
As part of the class visit, instructors may wish set aside the last 5-10 minutes of class for the consultant to get feedback on the class from students, with or without the instructor present.
Classroom visits may also entail videotaping of the class. In this case, a video technician records the class, focusing primarily on the instructor, but also capturing student actions, interactions and responses. The videotape may be previewed by the instructor before the follow-up meeting with McGraw staff. In the follow-up meeting the McGraw consultant addresses moments of the classroom videotape of particular interest to the instructor. Often, the instructor elects a second videotaping later as the semester progresses.
As you watch your video, we offer some considerations to keep in mind and questions to help focus your viewing on important teaching issues.