Consultations on Teaching

Please contact us if you would like to schedule a confidential teaching consultation with our staff. These consultations can include any of the elements below:

Classroom Observation — Informal classroom observations provide an opportunity for instructors to reflect on and refine their craft in collaboration with experienced teaching consultants. Any information gathered through this process is confidential and will be used solely for the enhancement of the instructor’s teaching.

Each observation involves a three-part process:

  1. A pre-observation meeting in which the instructor and consultant discuss the goals of the course, the particular class session to be observed, and what the instructor would like the consultant to look for during the observation.
  2. A class visit.
  3. A post-observation meeting in which the instructor and consultant discuss the class session observed and other aspects of teaching.

To request a classroom observation, email us at teaching@yale-nus.edu.sg

Classroom Observation with Video Recording — This service offers faculty members an opportunity to examine their teaching closely, and we are happy to work with faculty to arrange for the ERT division at Yale-NUS to record a class of your choice. Following the class the video will be given to the instructor to keep for their own use, and will not be shared with anyone without expressed permission of the instructor. We can also arrange to review the recording with you and provide some feedback and tips upon request.

Mid-Semester Feedback (with Focus Groups) — Gathering mid-semester student feedback is useful for identifying opportunities for instructional improvement. Many instructors have found that simple changes early on can help motivate students and enhance learning.

One of the procedures the Centre uses to collect detailed and candid reactions from students is through focus groups. This technique can be arranged in the last 20 minutes of a class, and students will discuss in small groups followed by a class discussion. During the discussion, we can take notes and help facilitate the discussion in directions that are requested by the instructor.

The results of a focus group analysis are strictly confidential.  Our CTL staff will provide the instructor-and only the instructor-with a written report of the results to be discussed during a post-visit consultation.

Course Planning — We are available to help faculty design new courses or revise existing ones. Consultations may cover any issue related to planning the semester, including:

  • Clarifying goals for student learning
  • Effective course organization
  • Developing new approaches to subject matter that was previously taught
  • Methods for assessing student learning
  • Designing learner-centred syllabi
  • Innovative teaching strategies
  • Creating engaging assignments, projects, and activities

Confidentiality Statement — It is the policy of the Yale-NUS Centre for Teaching and Learning to respect the confidentiality of the consultation process. All correspondence and information associated with these consultations are confidential. The Centre’s feedback process has no bearing on promotion or tenure decisions and is in no way associated with division-based evaluative reports.

For more information or to request any of these services, please email us at teaching@yale-nus.edu.sg and we will be happy to make an appointment with you!