What Does a Consultation Look Like? 

CIS staff offer consultations related to many facets of teaching, such as pedagogy and methodologies, instructional and curriculum design, educational technologies and media, best practices teaching in different formats, and educator professional development, among other things. 

We provide consultations in various venues and formats to suit your needs and will consider other requests as necessary. Examples include: 

  • Virtual – Meet with us on WebEx, Microsoft Teams, or another virtual tool of your choosing. 
  • Telephone – Confer with us over the telephone. 
  • Email – Confer with us in written format. 
  • Small Group – Invite us into a development cohort, a department meeting, or another setting if you'd like to start a dialogue on practice with a small group of educators. 
  • Pre- or Post-Consultation for Teaching Feedback – You can pair our consultation service with other teaching feedback services and data to maximize benefits.

What Do We Believe is Effective Teaching Practice? 

To provide transparency regarding what we look to observe in effective teaching practice, we provide you with the framework for our observations. Non-evaluative observations are conducted using Garrison, Anderson & Archer’s (2000) Community of Inquiry (COI) framework by observing three presences: social, teaching, and cognitive. The COI framework, designed as a lens in which to view teaching and learning effectiveness, and allows educators to leverage the power of communities in the classroom.  


What We Offer You  

  • Confidentiality. Though we may capture notes within our office and for you, our consultations are confidential, and the content therein will not be shared with your teaching supervisor or others outside of our team.  
  • Suggested strategies and implementation techniques to enhance teaching. There are many ways to enhance teaching. We can focus on quick, easy-to-implement strategies or build with you toward longer arcs of impact and design.  

What We Ask in Return  

  • A collaborative, willing attitude. This feedback is provided in the spirit of friendly collaboration and growth, not from a place of evaluation. We know that teaching practice can feel deeply personal. However, growth often comes from a place of discomfort, so, we ask that you also approach consultation with interests in self-reflection and professional growth.     
  • Commitment to the process and implementing related changes. To align with our service objectives, we will follow up to gauge the implementation of discussed strategies. Consultation often involves multiple, time-intensive components (consulting, observing, surveying, analyzing data, reporting, etc.), so we ask that you commit to the process and to resulting incremental change.  


  • To see what events we may be offering related to teaching practice and feedback, check out our CIS Events Page
  • Schedule a consultation with CIS staff
  • Schedule additional Teaching Feedback services such as a consultation, observation, student survey, and/or Blackboard review.


Community if Inquiry. (n.d.). Retrieved from
Garrison, D. R., Anderson, T., & Archer, W. (2000). Critical inquiry in a text-based environment: Computer conferencing in higher education model. The Internet and Higher Education, 2(2-3), 87-105.