FCTL Consultations

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 not 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. 


Consultations with iDesign Instructional Design Specialists

The Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning has partnered with iDesign for free, campus-wide instructional design support services. iDesign instructional design support specialists will respond promptly to your online course questions. This service also includes the Faculty Learning Hub, a robust resource of educational guides.

iDesign Instructional Design Support Desk

Schedule a consultation with the iDesign Instructional Design Support Desk:

The ID Support Desk provides faculty with targeted assistance and troubleshooting on issues related to instructional design, educational technology, and the learning management system. Examples of issues that can easily be addressed through the ID Support Desk include (but are not limited to):

  • How can I create a course map to align my objectives?
  • How do I engage students more actively in a synchronous session?
  • How do I use breakout rooms in Zoom and why would I use them?
  • How do I add a peer review to this assignment?
  • How can I create a rubric for the assignments in my course?
Ask & Answer Program (through mid-December 2020)

To sign up for a consultation about one or more of the five support areas listed below, visit

Are you facing challenges with student engagement, assessment, or virtual fatigue in your online or hybrid courses? Are you looking for new ideas to incorporate into your winter or spring courses?

If so, I invite you to sign up for a free, 20-minute Ask & Answer consultation with iDesign, whose experts provide instructional design support for online and blended courses across the country. iDesign has partnered with the University System of Maryland (USM) Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation to support you in your online and hybrid teaching.

Between now and mid-December, Ask & Answer is providing consultation support in five areas:

...Balancing Synchronous and Asynchronous Learning
...Crafting and Using Rubrics
...Expanding Your Instructional Approaches
...Rethinking Video and Its Uses
...Writing Meaningful Learning Objectives

How to Sign Up for an Ask & Answer Session:

iDesign has created a schedule of 20-minute consulting sessions on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays through mid-December, with specialists who are experts in these five topic areas. To view the topic descriptions and sign up for a consultation, visit

Once you sign up for a time slot, it becomes unavailable to anyone else.

iDesign then generates a Zoom calendar invitation from Calendly, which is sent to you via the email address you use to sign up. You’ll also get a reminder just before the session start time.

At the time of the meeting, simply click on the Zoom meeting link you received to join the session.

Most faculty should have their questions answered in the space of a consultation. If not, iDesign will open a ticket to provide you with additional support.

If you have any questions about the topics or the sign-up process, please feel free to email, and a member of the USM Kirwan Center staff will assist you.