To foster communication, understanding and a sense of community between teachers and learners, it is helpful for instructors to view their teaching through their students’ perspective and to involve their students more actively in the learning process.
OTEI offers consultation services to individual faculty and teaching assistants, to help them assess their effectiveness during the semester, while instructors can still modify their methods and material. One of these services directly surveys the students for their opinion of how well current teaching strategies are helping them learn. Observation, syllabus and assignment analysis, and test review, are also possible services.
OTEI advises in comprehensive course and curriculum design, including the most effective selection -- in cost, time and student learning -- of instructional activities. As necessary, OTEI links instructors with the most appropriate support units on campus, such as CCTI, Online Programs, Library Support and other units.
While OTEI will not participate in faculty review, tenure or promotion, it can advise academic units on their procedures for evaluating teaching, such as their student evaluation instruments and valid ways to integrate peer assessment into the process. The director is also available to help colleges and departments hone their student assessment strategies, including for accreditation review, in cordination with the office of assessment. Training for peer review processes is also an option.
OTEI fosters Clemson's dedication to teaching and provides the resources for instructors to meet the University's rigorous standards for teaching effectiveness. When useful, OTEI supports Teaching as Research, also refered to as SoTL: Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Instructors may in this way approach teaching and course enhancements as a researcher, with the goal of sharing research results.