The CTE offers opportunities for individual and departmental-level conversations about teaching with any faculty (part-time teaching, full-time, tenure-track or tenured) across campus. Sessions can be geared to specific challenges in teaching, feedback on student course evaluations or any support for an innovation in teaching that supports student learning.

Each Wednesday at Noon and 6 pm, the CTE Director, or a Digital Learning Faculty Fellow and a faculty with expertise in a topic of interest to online learning hosts a 1-hour session to discuss best practices in online teaching. The facilitator offers some research-based information that is then discussed in an open forum. Online Check-Ins can be accessed from the Online Faculty Commons Communities of Practice on Blackboard.

The success of new faculty is an important focus for the CTE. A New Faculty Orientation is held each August and a year-long endeavor to orient new faculty to NCAT is provided to all incoming part-time and full-time faculty. New faculty engage on a variety of topics related to teaching and learning. Individual follow-up meetings are held at the request of the faculty throughout the academic year.

Mid-semester student feedback sessions are available for instructors who want to assess and improve their teaching during the semester. A CTE consultant will confer with the instructor before the feedback session to identify the instructors’ course goals and specific questions or concerns. The instructor will leave the class for 20-30 minutes and the consultant will elicit the feedback process by asking students to form small groups to answer the following questions before sharing findings with the class:

  • What do you think helps you learn best in this course?
  • What specific recommendations for improvement would you like the professor to make?
The consultant will summarize the students’ input and meet with the instructor before the next class session. Together they will review the student feedback and develop a plan for responding to student concerns and suggestions. The process does not require instructors to make changes, but they often chose to do so. Instructors can also request variations of this model.