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Faculty Consultations

Conversations are the core of our service to faculty and to the university as a whole. Our work with faculty to attain teaching and learning goals most often begins with a conversation about where you are today, where you want to be tomorrow, and what pedagogical challenges or opportunities you’ll encounter along the way.

Consulting with an Instructional Design Consultant is a bit like meeting with a personal trainer at a gym. We’ll discuss your goals, review your familiarity and comfort levels with the tools that are available to you, and come up with a plan–together–to help you move in the direction you desire. Along the way we can provide technical support, guidance on research-based practices, and loads of encouragement.

Each Instructional Design Consultant has been assigned to multiple academic departments, so that each department has a single point-of-contact at the IDEA Shop. (You can use this table to look up the consultant assigned to yours.) Your department’s Instructional Design Consultant is your advocate, partner, and point of contact for any needs you may have related to teaching and learning with technology.

Our conversations with faculty take many forms, and address a wide variety of topics. Some of the more common are described below.

  • Course Design: Consultations about course design often focus on identifying or developing learning objectives, designing learning activities, and creating meaningful assessments. At other times the focus is on converting an existing course to a new delivery format (for instance, to a hybrid model). The outcome of such consultations might be a project plan or a plan for professional development, including training on any high-tech tools you’ll be using.
  • Course Content: Digital course materials can effectively represent complex concepts, provide students with access to targeted reference materials, and enhance student engagement. The IDEA Shop can help identify which technologies best serve your teaching objectives, and which technologies are best suited to particular course content.
  • Departmental Consultations: The IDEA Shop’s Instructional Design Consultants are available to meet with department chairs or other university administrators to discuss teaching needs and how technology might help address those needs.
  • Digital Fluency Training: Digital Fluency refers to the ability to appropriately use technology tools to produce teaching materials and solve instructional problems. The IDEA Shop can provide you with training to develop your digital fluency, with a focus on using technology tools for instruction and assessment. Our goal is to help faculty and staff take the “next step” toward their desired state of digital fluency.
  • Exploration of Emerging Technologies: Instructional Design Consultants can work with you to consider new technologies that might address particular teaching and learning needs and assist you in evaluating those technologies and their suitability for your teaching.