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Peer Consultation

Faculty Peer Consultation

The Faculty Peer Consultation process is a voluntary, collaborative approach to enhancing your teaching and learning at the University of Saskatchewan. Peer Consultation is designed to help inform your journey to teaching excellence. It is voluntarily initiated by a teacher, and we keep it confidential. A consultation typically takes three to four weeks to complete. Because of this it must be initiated prior to the last month of a class.

Why do it?

A Faculty Peer Consultation is not a remedial process; it is a cooperative, collaborative activity between you and a faculty consultant to enhance teaching and learning in your classroom. Teachers may request a consultation for many reasons, including to:

  • obtain feedback on changes they have made in a course;
  • discover what's going well;
  • improve their overall teaching skills or address a particular concern;
  • discuss ideas and innovations with a peer; and
  • adjust and enhance current teaching and learning strategies.

Who are Peer Consultants?

Peer Consultants are not evaluators. They are faculty members who have undergone some training in teaching methods and consultation techniques. Consultants want to assist their colleagues with their teaching and learning practices. Consultants provide you with feedback about your teaching, but not the course content.

How to set up the consultation?

The GMCTE Faculty Peer Consultation Coordinator will match you with a peer consultant from those available. There is some flexibility in terms of gender and discipline (the consultant will not be a department colleague, but it is sometimes helpful to choose a consultant from a cognate discipline). In collaboration with the coordinator, and during the initial meeting, the teacher can decide on the timing of the observation and selecting the aspects of the teaching to be observed.

What is involved?

After you have been "matched," the consultant will:

  • meet with you to discuss your need;
  • attend one or more of your classes, and be introduced to the students;
  • observe your teaching and gather information;
  • give students a brief questionnaire at the end of class (other techniques, such as videotaping, may also be used at the teacher's request);
  • possibly arrange to meet a group of students after class to obtain more detailed feedback on the course;
  • meet with you again to discuss the information that has been gathered; and
  • send you a confidential report on the consultation (the consultant's report is your property, and it remains confidential unless you decide otherwise).

GMCTE Staff Consultation

A GMCTE Staff Consultation process is a voluntary, collaborative approach to enhancing your teaching and learning at the University of Saskatchewan. A GMCTE Staff Consultation is designed to help inform your journey to teaching excellence. It is voluntarily initiated by a teacher, and we keep it confidential. A consultation typically takes three to four weeks to complete. Because of this it must be initiated prior to the last month of a class.

Why do it?

A GMCTE Staff Consultation is not a remedial process; it is a cooperative, collaborative activity between you and a consultant from the GMCTE staff to enhance teaching and learning in your classroom. Teachers may request a consultation for many reasons, including to:

  • obtain feedback on changes they have made in a course;
  • discover what's going well;
  • improve their overall teaching skills or address a particular concern;
  • discuss ideas and innovations with a teaching and learning specialist; and
  • adjust and enhance current teaching and learning strategies.

What is involved?

After you have been "matched," the GMCTE staff consultant will:

  • meet with you to discuss your need;
  • attend one or more of your classes, and be introduced to the students;
  • observe your teaching and gather information;
  • give students a brief questionnaire at the end of class (other techniques, such as videotaping, may also be used at the teacher's request);
  • possibly arrange to meet a group of students after class to obtain more detailed feedback on the course;
  • meet with you again to discuss the information that has been gathered; and
  • send you a confidential report on the consultation (the consultants report is your property, and it remains confidential unless you decide otherwise).

Graduate Student Teacher Peer Consultation

The Graduate Student Teacher Peer Consultation process is a voluntary, collaborative approach to enhancing your teaching and learning at the University of Saskatchewan. Peer Consultation is designed to help inform your journey to teaching excellence. It is voluntarily initiated by a graduate student teacher, and we keep it confidential. A consultation typically takes three to four weeks to complete. Because of this it must be initiated prior to the last month of a class.

Why do it?

The Graduate Student Teacher Peer Consultation is not a remedial process; it is a cooperative, collaborative activity between you and a Graduate Student Teaching Fellow working with the GMCTE, who have undergone some training in teaching methods and consultation techniques, to enhance teaching and learning in your classroom. Teachers may request a consultation for many reasons, including to:

  • obtain feedback on changes they have made in a course;
  • discover what's going well;
  • improve their overall teaching skills or address a particular concern;
  • discuss ideas and innovations with a peer; and
  • adjust and enhance current teaching and learning strategies.

What is involved?

After you have been "matched," the consultant will:

  • meet with you to discuss your need;
  • attend one or more of your classes, and be introduced to the students;
  • observe your teaching and gather information;
  • give students a brief questionnaire at the end of class (other techniques, such as videotaping, may also be used at the teacher's request);
  • possibly arrange to meet a group of students after class to obtain more detailed feedback on the course;
  • meet with you again to discuss the information that has been gathered; and
  • send you a confidential report on the consultation (the consultant's report is your property, and it remains confidential unless you decide otherwise).

How do I find out more?

If you would like more information or want to request a consultation, please contact The GMCTE.

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