2009 Teaching and Learning Symposium

2:30-4:30 p.m., April 21, 2009
HUB Ballroom

Session Description



"My Teaching Improved and I Began to Enjoy It More"

Center for Instructional Development and Research

CIDR consults with hundreds of faculty and TAs every year on questions related to teaching and learning. We regularly ask for feedback 1-2 quarters after someone has consulted with CIDR, but we have not previously assessed longer-term impacts of our services.

To help us assess the longer-term value of our consulting, we surveyed a sample of faculty, TAs, and former TAs who had worked with CIDR during the preceding five years. We asked them to rate the value of their work with us and to provide examples of how it had affected their teaching.

Responses showed that faculty and TAs highly valued the practical input on teaching that they received, but they also indicated a number of benefits that went well beyond day-to-day classroom practices. These benefits included learning from CIDR what happens in other people's classes, participating in substantive dialogue and community related to teaching, gaining time and renewed energy for teaching, and increased joy and confidence in their teaching.



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