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Teaching Support

Teaching Support at DePaul extends the university's mission to offer excellent instruction and the best possible learning opportunities for all students. By supporting the needs of the faculty (including part-time, adjunct, full-time, tenure-track, new, and experienced faculty), TLA helps to ensure that all university instructors have the tools and resources to teach well, and the support to sustain such efforts amid their numerous other responsibilities. Erin Sella, the Assistant Director for Teaching Support, is committed to these endeavors and is pleased to offer the following services to all members of the DePaul teaching community.

  • Teaching Consultations
  • Feedback on Teaching
  • Customized Workshops
  • Privacy

Teaching Consultations

Teaching Consultations

If you are looking for ideas or guidance on a topic relating to teaching and learning, Erin Sella is available to consult with you in person, by phone, and through email. Past consultations have focused on:

  • Planning or updating a course
  • Articulating learning outcomes
  • Developing or revising assignments
  • Exploring new teaching methods
  • Engaging students in the classroom
  • Implementing group projects and discussions
  • Assessing student learning
  • Interpreting student evaluations
  • Documenting teaching effectiveness

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Feedback on Teaching

Feedback on Teaching

Whether you are new to teaching or have decades of experience, receiving feedback from your students and from teaching support staff will help you to refine your approach, reflect on your teaching, and explore new strategies and methods. TLA offers three options for obtaining feedback on your teaching:

  • Midterm Student Feedback: Structured feedback from students on what is going well in the course and what can be improved.
  • Teaching Observation: Detailed, confidential feedback on your teaching based on an in-class observation.
  • Video Recording Consultation: Record one of your class sessions and review the recording with a TLA staff member during a one-on-one consultation.

Customized Workshops

Customized Workshops

In addition to regular workshop offerings through the Teaching Commons, Erin Sella can collaborate with you to design specialized workshops to address a teaching and learning related topic relevant to your department or program. These can be tailored to reflect the scholarship of teaching and learning in your field or to focus on a more general topic of interest or concern to you and your colleagues.

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Considerations About Privacy

The Office for Teaching, Learning & Assessment maintains a confidential record that a consultation, Midterm Student Feedback session, or observation took place solely for the purpose of evaluating the program. Records are shared only among TLA staff and the faculty member. TLA's teaching support services are strictly for the purpose of professional development and all conversations, e-mails, and documents pertaining to the consultation or teaching feedback session are confidential and will not be released to anyone other than the individual who requested them.

Confidentiality will be maintained, except when required by legal regulations or university policies. Considerations about privacy and confidentiality with regard to TLA's teaching support services are guided by:

  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

    The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) is a growing discipline dedicated to taking teaching and learning as serious intellectual work and is recognized by Faculty Council as important to the university's mission.

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  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Grants

    Requests for proposals take place in the fall of every quarter and provides up to $2,500 in funding support.

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