TLS offers a consultation service designed to assist instructors, administrators, and staff in analyzing and developing their teaching skills.
This service is free of charge to all McGill and Macdonald Campus faculty and staff. All consultations are provided as a service, at the request of instructors and/or teaching units, and all information pertaining to these consultations is considered strictly confidential.
TLS offers two types of consultations:
- Individual consultations for instructors who would like assistance with, for example:
- planning their courses,
- developing teaching strategies and skills,
- interpreting course evaluation questionnaire data,
- developing teaching portfolios (for reappointment, tenure, or promotion at McGill),
- using teaching and learning technologies,
- and so on; and,
- Unit/Program consultations involving all or a sub-group of individuals within a unit who are analyzing, developing, or improving a teaching program. View a list of Department, Faculty, and Program initiatives here.
A consultation might consist of one or two brief meetings to discuss specific aspects of an instructor's course or teaching, or that of a unit or program. This collaboration could continue throughout an entire term, with ongoing assistance from the consultant. A more in-depth consultation might involve:
- developing and applying specific teaching strategies and techniques;
- reviewing information about the course and the instructor’s teaching, collected from, for example: classroom observations by a consultant, interviews with the instructor, and/or information collected from students (e.g., through the MERCURY course evaluation service, or privately by the instructor through the learning management system or other means);
- selecting aspects of instruction on which to focus;
- monitoring the effectiveness of these strategies and planning any relevant modifications.
This process is flexible and has proven useful in a variety of teaching situations, including lectures, laboratories, discussion groups, seminars, and clinical training.