Instructional Design Support

Instructional Design Support

​Faculty Learning Environment opportunities available to faculty

This is a voluntary program participated in by faculty of all levels and consists of observation of teaching followed by a supportive feedback session. The focus is on facilitation skills and use of instructional technologies. We also provide the following:

Individual or group teaching observation and feedback

  • An additional source of confidential feedback in addition to student feedback
  • Demonstrates and documents excellence in teaching for the promotion dossier
  • Development of a community of learners and educators

Through confidential interaction with a trained observer, educators receive feedback on the strengths and challenges about the learning environment, learner engagement, session management, and teaching strategies based on a pre-negotiated, standardized assessment tool. Benefits for the peer observers include new perspectives and methods that they might want to incorporate into their own teaching practices.

How it Works:

  • A ‘pre-meeting’ to establish the faculty member’s specific area of focus as well as expectations.
  • A specific date and time is set for the teaching observation.
  • The teaching session is observed.
  • The instructor receives oral and written feedback on strengths and weaknesses.
  • The instructor and trained observer collaborate on a plan to improve or enhance performance.
  • The teaching session is observed a 2nd time (if possible) and feedback loop is complete.

Curriculum design consultation

We help department chairs, course directors, and resident chiefs identify current faculty development offerings that may meet their needs, and to design needs assessments and other methods to discover those needs. Tailored offerings can occur within the context of an existing meeting to maximize participation.

Here is a handy document from Medbiquitous on Standardized Instructional and Assessment Methods and Resource Types. It lists some instructional methods and their corresponding assessment methods. 

Implementing instructional technologies

This includes using audience response systems like Poll Everywhere, mobile technology like tablets, etc.

Active Learning

Otherwise known as ‘flipping the classroom.’ There are multiple ways to achieve what you want, such as case-based sessions, team-based learning, gamification, etc.