OTEI provides services to academic units and individual instructors.

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OTEI offers consultation services to individual instructors, faculty, post-docs, and teaching assistants, to help them assess their effectiveness during the semester, while instructors can still modify their methods and material. As helpful, OTEI links instructors with appropriate support units on campus, such as CCIT, Clemson Online, Library Support and other units.

Class Interviews
Through this method, faculty and graduate teaching assistants (GTAs) learn how their students view their teaching strengths, weaknesses and effectiveness during a semester, while there is still time to make adjustments and improvements. A class interview solicits specific, useful assessments and recommendations for improvement more effectively than do the formal, end-of-semester student evaluations. This service takes 20 minutes of class time, at the beginning or end of the period.
After the instructor leaves the room, the OTEI director or a trained consultant starts off in smaller classes by initiating a discussion and in large classes by breaking the students into small groups to fill out a brief, open-ended questionnaire, followed by a discussion. Student anonymity is assured. The director or consultant later meets privately with the instructor to share and interpret the results.

Classroom Observations

classroom full of studentsSome departments encourage their instructors to observe each other's classes for the dual purposes of providing advisory feedback and seeing different approaches to teaching similar material. However, at those times when faculty and GTAs want the feedback of an outside expert, the OTEI director or a trained consultant will observe and take notes on an instructor's lecture style, discussion skills, questioning techniques, class rapport, use of technology and other performance dimensions.  A pre-and post-meeting will help the instructor gain the most from this experience.

Analysis of Course Design and Materials:
Services include analysis and recommendations of the elements of a course of instruction, such as: syllabus and assignments, test construction (particularly for higher order thinking), course design to meet learning outcomes, and application of teaching methods appropriate to the course goals.

Consultation on Grants / Teaching as Research:
OTEI fosters Clemson's dedication to teaching and provides the resources for instructors to meet the University's rigorous standards for teaching effectiveness.  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. When a grant or contract pertains to teaching or requires a teaching component, faculty and administrators may request consultations on teaching-related and curriculum issues, existing literature, certain research methodologies, and strategies for assessing/evaluating the treatment/program.

Academic and Administrative Units
Colleges, schools, programs, departments and committees are invited to request information and advisement on a wide range of teaching-related issues including program curriculum revision, student learning, teacher evaluations, the role of peer assessment of teaching in promotion and tenure reviews, and new trends, innovations, and research in teaching and learning in higher education.