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What is a syllabus or course design consultation?

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.

Who can request a syllabus or course design consultation?

Any faculty member, graduate student, or post-doc teaching at TCU can request a syllabus or course design consultation. This is a free professional development opportunity the Koehler Center provides to the TCU teaching community.

How will a syllabus or course design consultation benefit me?

All consultations are unique because each course has its own course-level outcomes, and each faculty member has their own teaching philosophy and style. Some example benefits are developing measurable course-level outcomes; creating an assessment plan to measure your course-level outcomes; improving communication within the syllabus; improving your grading policy; designing assignments; managing your classroom; and discovering student engagement techniques.

You should schedule a course design consultation whenever it is convenient for you, but most faculty members choose to have them in the months prior to the semester in which the course will be offered to allow for time to discuss, develop, and revise the many components of the course in question.

How do I schedule a consultation?

To arrange a syllabus or course design consultation, simply call the Koehler Center at 817-257-7434 or email faculty development at least two weeks in advance.

What will happen prior to the consultation?

Before the consultation, the Koehler Center staff member will contact you for a digital copy of the course syllabus and inquire about the three most important items you’d like to improve in the course. For faculty teaching a new course, the staff member will review the course syllabus and identify questions regarding student learning and course content.

What will happen on the day of the consultation?

On the day of the consultation, the Koehler Center staff member will provide feedback on the syllabus and begin working with faculty.

The staff member may ask the following questions:

  • What is the planned teaching style for the course?
  • What type of classroom does the faculty member envision teaching?
  • How will the class be organized and paced?
  • How will the faculty use classroom media (chalk boards, PowerPoint, etc.)?
  • How will the faculty motivate students?
  • How will the faculty engage students?
  • How will the faculty promote student-to-student engagement?
  • How will the faculty promote student-to-student engagement?

What will happen after the consultation?

The faculty member will leave the consultation with an action plan. The faculty member and Koehler Center staff member will plan a follow-up meeting. As a reminder, all conversations with Koehler Center staff are confidential.