To schedule a consultation with an FCTL staff member or a faculty liaison, email or submit a Consultation Request.

Consultations with Staff

Have you been assigned to teach a new course? Are you thinking about revamping an existing course? Would you like to try something new in one of your courses but aren't sure where to begin? Faculty members and other teaching staff from any UMB school may schedule a teaching consultation with an FCTL staff member. The consultation will help you explore and define the best instructional approaches and offer guidance on how to move forward with implementation. Individual consultations with faculty about teaching offers an opportunity to explore:

  • Alternative methods for teaching and classroom management
  • Course design and development
  • Teaching with new technology
  • Development or review of instructional materials, such as syllabi, exams, and assignments
  • Peer observation and feedback
  • Student course evaluations
  • Alternative classroom assessment methods, such as rubrics and small group interviews

Consultation/Mentoring with a Faculty Liaison

The Faculty Liaison is a faculty member who represents the mission and vision of the FCTL to UMB faculty. Your Faculty Liaison is available to provide you with consultation and mentoring about course development and instruction — online, hybrid, and face-to-face — providing you with a faculty/peer, rather than staff, perspective and experience. She/he can guide you with effective pedagogy from his/her experience and best practices from educational research. She/he can relay your concerns and challenges back to the FCTL, allowing the FCTL to design appropriate and relevant resources and programming. Your Faculty Liaison also assists with expanding the reach of the FCTL and advocating for its services and programs.

Quality Matters Review by FCTL Instructional Designer

On request, the FCTL instructional designers will review online courses to ensure they meet established quality standards or provide feedback on specific course attributes. Typically, reviews focus on ensuring courses include the following:

  • Measurable learning goals
  • Clear alignment (how the activities, assessments, and resources support the learning objectives)
  • ADA accessibility and copyright compliance
  • Engaging activities
  • Authentic assessments

Our process is centered on Quality Matters principles.