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Services

OTEI provides services to academic units and individual instructors.

  • Academic Units

    Faculty and TA Workshops on Teaching
    On the request of a dean, director, chair or TA supervisor, OTEI conducts and (co-sponsors) teaching workshops for colleges, schools, programs and departments throughout the academic year. Unless an outside expert is the most viable alternative, the workshops are designed and conducted in-house by the OTEI director or an expert Clemson faculty member. The requesting unit need only arrange for the room and refreshments and publicize the event internally.

    OTEI also offers general workshops open to all faculty and sometimes graduate students. Workshop topics can address any teaching topic including designing courses by objectives, leading discussions, interactive lecturing, testing and assessment, grading writing, interpreting student evaluations, questioning techniques, instructional technology, classroom equity, learning styles, classroom assessment, the case method, problem-based learning and cooperative learning.

    Consultation to 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 curriculum revision, student evaluations (reliability, validity, biases and form revisions), the role of peer assessment of teaching in promotion and tenure reviews and faculty and TA training needs.

  • Services for Individual Instructor

    Consulting on Grants/Contracts, Research on Teaching
    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.

    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 about 20 minutes of class time at the beginning or the 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
    Some 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.

    Individual Teaching Consultations
    OTEI invites all members of the Clemson teaching community to schedule private consultations on any and all aspects of university teaching. We are happy to help faculty and TAs design courses, develop syllabi, devise new ways to teach material, integrate technology into a course, assess student learning, elicit student feedback, conduct classroom research, interpret student evaluations and assemble teaching portfolios. We can also furnish information on upcoming teaching conferences and outside workshops.

    Advice on Teaching with Technology
    In conjuction with Teaching Technologies, OTEI offers consultations and workshops on pedagogically sound ways to use technology in the classroom. Faculty options include clickers (personal response systems), SCALE-UP classrooms, tablet PCs, and instructional applications of mobile technology, such as podcasting. The use of laptops in the classroom is a particularly popular technology because Clemson requires all its undergraduate students to have their own laptops. OTEI can provide advice for designing and implementing productive, laptop-based class activities and eliminating improper student uses of laptops during class. Many technologically experienced faculty welcome their colleagues into their classroom to observe these  technologies in action..

  • Workshops and Webinars

    Professional Development Opportunities (available all the time)

    Teaching Compressed Summer Courses Well, online tutorial/presentation researched (see bibliography) and written by Dr. Linda B. Nilson, OTEI Director. Available online from May 2, 2011-Present. Recommended for all instructors teaching a minimester or summer session course.

    Access to almost 200 Magna recorded online seminars (40-90 minutes). Directions for the Clemson community: 1) Activate your subscription by creating an account (if you haven’t already): Go to http://www.magnapubs.com/sitelicense/registration.html and complete the brief form. Use your Clemson.edu email. For the group Authorization Code (type in only once), email nilson@clemson.edu. (Do not share the code outside of Clemson community.) 2) Go to www.magnacommons.com and log in to select a presentation from the collection. For help, call 800-433-0499 ext. 2, 9:00am-6:00pm M-F, or email support@magnapubs.com, or online chat.

    Access to over 100 Magna 20 Minute Mentor recorded presentations. Directions for the Clemson community: 1) Activate your subscription by creating an account (if you haven’t already): Go to http://www.magnapubs.com/sitelicense/registration.html and complete the brief form. Use your Clemson.edu email. For the group Authorization Code (type in only once), email nilson@clemson.edu. (Do not share the code outside of Clemson community.) 2) Go to www.mentorcommons.com and log in to select a presentation from the 20-Minute Mentor collection. For help, call 800-433-0499 ext. 2, 9:00am-6:00pm M-F, or email support@magnapubs.com, or online chat.

    Free membership in the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity, which include benefits such as The Monday Motivator (weekly email with productivity tips), monthly productivity workshops, monthly faculty development workshops by guest experts, multi-week courses, and monthly mentor matches. Directions for the Clemson community: 1. Go to www.FacultyDiversity.org. 2. Select the “Become a Member” tab and choose “Individual Membership.” 3. On the Individual Membership page select “Join Now.” 4. On the “Select Your Member Type” page, select “Institutional Sub-Account.” 5. On the “Select a Username” page, use your Clemson e-mail address in the Username box. 6. Complete the registration process.

    Free access to these webinars:

    Recorded Workshops

    Learning Styles: Multiple Models, Multiple Teaching Methods, conducted Dr. Linda B. Nilson, OTEI Director. Available at https://connect.clemson.edu/p41456287/.

    Maximizing Student Learning and Participation in Discussions, conducted by Dr. Linda B. Nilson, OTEI Director. Available at https://connect.clemson.edu/p73276600/.

    Writing a Teaching Philosophy, conducted by Dr. Linda B. Nilson, OTEI Director. Available at https://connect.clemson.edu/p72403178/.

    Writing Objective Test Items That Assess Thinking Skills, conducted Dr. Linda B. Nilson, OTEI Director. Available at https://connect.clemson.edu/p46405384/

We also hold frequent workshops on a diverse range of topics. We invite you to learn more about these services and register for an upcoming workshop.