Evaluations and Assessment

The CTLE will provide feedback on individual instructor’s classroom performance. The evaluation methods involve one-on-one meetings, classroom observations, and confidential counseling. All of the consultation process will be held confidentially. Faculty interested in pursuing this opportunity are encouraged to contact Dr. Amy Smith, Director, either by phone (409-880-8525) or email.

Services include:

Syllabus and Course Design Consultation
Instructors can work with a CLTE consultant at any stage of designing a course, from defining the topic for a course to putting the finishing touches on the syllabus. Consultants help instructors identify learning goals for their students, develop meaningful, well-timed assignments, and determine ways of assessing whether and how students have achieved those goals.

Teaching Observation
A CTLE consultant can visit any teaching setting to observe instructional practices. After the visit, the consultant discusses with the instructor what she or he has observed; together, they develop strategies for further experimentation and refinement, and identify areas for ongoing reflection. A teaching observation works particularly well for instructors who have engaged already in some analysis of their own teaching, but would like another perspective.

Digital Video Consultation
Instructors can arrange for CTLE to create a digital video of any teaching session, and then view the session with a Center consultant. This kind of analysis offers instructors the chance to observe their practice through a different "lens" than when involved in the moment-to-moment teaching process.

Small Group Analysis
A Center consultant meets with students in a class to collect their thoughts about the class, and then meets with the instructor to discuss student responses. An SGA can provide valuable insight into what students think is working well in the classroom.

Student Evaluations Consultation
A CTLE consultant can help instructors interpret both the numerical ratings and the comments on student evaluations. This type of consultation shifts the focus from viewing evaluations as judgment or critique to recognizing them as a rich source of information about student learning in our disciplines.

Teaching Documentation
The Center consults on the preparation of teaching statements, course portfolios, teaching portfolios, and other forms of documentation. Preparing such materials helps instructors to reflect deliberately on their teaching practice--deepening their understanding of pedagogical goals and methods, and linking those goals and methods to student learning.

Technology Consultation
The CTLE can arrange for a technology specialist to work with instructors to explore potential technologies to support student learning and for successful integration of technology into their teaching. This may include assistance with your course web site, electronic communication tools, course presentation technologies, and a range of other issues geared to the needs and expertise of the instructor.