The Koehler Center provides services to help orient faculty and teaching/graduate assistants, whether they’re brand new to TCU or simply beginning a new semester. Additionally, we provide services to help TCU faculty, instructional staff, and teaching/graduate assistants evaluate and enhance their teaching practices.
Faculty Interest Group (FIG)
A FIG is a group of five to thirty people with a shared interest in a particular aspect of teaching and learning. Intended to foster scholarly teaching and scholarship about teaching, the Koehler Center supports FIGs with organizational help (finding meeting rooms and advertising).
Mid-semester Analysis Poll (MAP)
The MAP process helps you know how your students perceive where they have been in the course, how they got there, and where they are going. A MAP will also help you see your course from a new perspective at the middle of the semester, leaving you time to continue pedagogical practices that are effective and revise what may not be working before the class is over. A MAP consists of three parts: an instructor pre-meeting, a class-polling visit, and an instructor post-meeting.
The Koehler Center offers individual consultations for full-time and adjunct faculty in a wide range of instructional and design areas. All individual consultations are confidential. Faculty can meet with professional educational consultants for feedback, recommendations, or support.
Syllabus and Course Design
The syllabus or course design consultation is an opportunity for faculty to work with a Koehler staff member to reflect, discuss, assess, and redesign course content and/or structure. This process helps TCU faculty members measure learning in their courses and incorporates best practices for student achievement.
The teaching observation experience has two primary components. First, a Koehler staff member observes you teaching during a class session of your choosing. Next, you meet with the same Koehler staff member a few days later to discuss the class session observed. The discussion is a supportive way to help you analyze your teaching and identify your strengths as well as areas for improvement. Teaching observations are offered the third to tenth week of all regular semesters.