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Consultations

Bill Cerbin, Director of CATL

Bill consults with individual instructors and programs on any of the following topics:

  1. the science of learning applied to teaching
  2. lesson study
  3. the scholarship of teaching and learning
  4. teaching grants (UWL Faculty Development Grants, Curricular Redesign, Lesson Study, Learning by Design)
  5. UW System faculty development programs, Teaching Fellows & Scholars, Faculty College

Marjorie Bazluki, Instructional Designer

Marjorie consults with instructors and programs about ways to develop curricula and pedagogical strategies to enhance student learning. She works with online and face-to-face instructors at any phase of the course design and delivery process—before teaching the course for the first time, while teaching a course, and after teaching a course. She can help instructors to:

  1. brainstorm ways to add creative learning activities to courses
  2. use instructional design principles to improve course design and review
  3. implement quality and varied assessment materials
  4. integrate active and alternative learning techniques
  5. write and measure learning objectives
  6. include appropriate technologies in courses

Khendum Gyabak-Kumka, Instructional Designer

Khendum consults with instructors about ways to design curricula using pedagogical strategies to foster student engagement and improve learning outcomes. She works with online and face-to-face instructors at any phase of the course design and delivery process—before teaching the course for the first time, while teaching a course, and after teaching a course. She can help instructors to:

    1. brainstorm ways to use active teaching and learning techniques
    2. use instructional design principles to improve course design and delivery
    3. design quality and varied assessment materials
    4. write and measure learning objectives and outcomes
    5. infuse technological tools to facilitate engagement and efficiency in their teaching practice

Bryan Kopp, Writing Programs Coordinator

Bryan consults with instructors and programs about how to improve the quality of student writing and student learning through writing. He also directs the Writing Emphasis and Writing in the Major Programs. He offers assistance for faculty and staff seeking to

  1. promote student learning through writing
  2. improve student writing abilities beyond the first year
  3. integrate writing into courses and programs
  4. create or refine writing assignments (including prompts, guidelines, and assessment rubrics)
  5. explore options for responding to and evaluating student writing
  6. gain Writing Emphasis certification
  7. develop or sustain a Writing-in-the-Major program

Deb Hoskins, Inclusive Excellence Coordinator

Deb can help individuals and groups with specific teaching and learning agendas including:

  1. troubleshooting a particular pedagogical or course content issue, or an Equity Scorecard or assessment finding
  2. help designing or redesigning a course or a unit to experiment with innovative pedagogies aimed at reducing achievement gaps
  3. help designing assessments that might identify group-based inequities in learning
  4. help developing grant proposals on teaching and learning or faculty development

Brian Udermann, Director of Online Education

Brian is available for individual or departmental consultations to:

  1. Consult with instructors interested in applying for online course development funds.
  2. Consult with staff, instructors, and administrators interested in developing online degree programs.
  3. Provide feedback, using the UWL Online Course Evaluation Guidelines, to instructors who have developed and/or taught an online course.

 

Consultation Policy

The CATL staff will work with instructors individually and in groups to support improvement of teaching and learning. Our focus is on improvement and not on evaluation of instructors for personnel decisions. We do not conduct evaluations of instructors. In consulting, staff members may provide written feedback to individual instructors. We do not provide the feedback to third parties; however instructors are free to use written feedback from us as they wish.