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Group Consultation Services

To schedule a consultation, please contact LeAne Rutherford at lrutherf @d.umn.edu or 726-6207; Shelley Smith at ssmith3@d.umn.edu or 726-7715; or Jason Ellis at jellis002@d.umn.edu or 726-6355.

An IDS consultant will meet with group or department to facilitate:

  • define an educational mission
  • develop coherent curriculum and objectives
  • address accreditation concerns
  • develop appropriate assessments, standards and rubrics


Consultants will meet with your department/group to:
  • analyze the existing situation
  • clarify objectives
  • establish parameters for the task
  • identify appropriate assessment strategies for your discipline
  • assist in new curriculum and/or teaching assessment

Some of the topics we can address include (but are not limited to):

Course Design & Planning
  • set achievable learning objectives
  • construct a syllabus
  • create an inclusive classroom
Effective Teaching Methods
  • employ active learning strategies
  • develop & facilitate effective collaborative groups
  • build effective presentation skills
Assessment of Student Learning
  • monitor student progress
  • write effective test questions
  • employ assessment strategies
  • give effective feedback to students
Classroom Management
  • plann a successful first day of class
  • motivate your students
  • create an inviting classroom environment
  • address academic integrity
Integrating Technology into Your Teaching
  • enhance your teaching with technology
  • teach online: distance and distributive education
Documenting Your Teaching
  • create a teaching portfolio
  • collect data and documenting progress
  • use classroom observations / focus feedback groups
  • interpret end-of-semester student evaluations

Just-in-Time Teaching Advice

If you find yourself in need of a little last-minute advice about your teaching or just a friendly ear to bounce some ideas around before you run off to class, feel free to give us a call, contact us on Google Chat, or send an email. We'll answer you as soon as we can.

LeAne Rutherford

Shelley Smith
ssmith3 @d.umn.edu

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