Instructional Consultation

Instructional Consultation

Trying out new discussion pedagogy techniques can be challenging. That is why the Discussion Project offers instructional consultation as an option to instructors who have taken the Discussion Project training (availability limited). Our team’s approach is to help you work on your goals in the time frame you have available. We help you design and implement discussion, and then reflect in order to improve over time. And because we know that teaching is demanding and that each instructor has many responsibilities, we offer a range of instructional consultation options. Please see below and note that this is not an exhaustive list.

Instructional Consultants

Lynn Glueck is the Program Director for the Discussion Project, managing all aspects of the project training curriculum and instruction. A teacher and instructional consultant for 25 years, she has teaching experience across a range of levels, K-12 and postsecondary. She has an MA from UW-Madison in English Literature and an MLS from UW-Madison in Library Media Science. Additionally, she is certified as a Director of Instruction and Instructional Coach.

Instructional Consultation Options

Type of Instructional Consultation Purpose Communication Mode & Time Needed
Resource location To help you find a protocol or other resource to aid your planning Email or meeting; 10 minutes to one hour
Syllabus consultation To help you review and refine your syllabus to better incorporate discussion at key points and integrate time for laying a foundation Meeting; one to 2 hours
Instructional design & planning To help you design and implement discussions that serve your learning purpose Meeting; typically one to two hours
Classroom observation(s) with feedback To receive non-evaluative feedback on your classroom implementation of a discussion process 30-minute pre-meeting and 45 minute feedback session; further time TBD by you
Analysis of student mid or end-of-course feedback To have a thought partner in working through student feedback: What themes do you see? What’s most relevant? What’s worth adjustment? Meeting; typically 30 minutes to 1 hour
Instructional Consultation Cycle To work consistently with a thought partner on the cycle of planning, implementation, and reflection One to three two-hour cycles of pre- and post-meetings with classroom observation in between
Collaborative Classroom Visit To learn in a collaborative group about how to improve discussion and how to provide colleagues reflective feedback Pre- and post-observation meetings; typically three to four hours