CTE provides services to individuals and small groups who want to reflect on and improve their teaching.

Follow these links to learn more about what we can do for you.

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Teaching Observations

Curious how you can become a better teacher? CTE’s Teaching and Classroom Observation Program provides confidential assistance to full-time faculty members wishing to evaluate and improve their classroom teaching. The review will include a pre-class meeting, observation, and post-class feedback, emphasizing areas of concern to the observed faculty member. CTE instructional designers will come and observe two classes in course. They will then discuss your observations and ways to adapt teaching styles and strategies for your own courses.

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Want a personalized consultation on a teaching issue? CTE can help you with various aspects of your teaching. Faculty members may request individual or small-group consultations for assistance with things like course design, developing syllabi, generating creative assignments, revising learning objectives, understanding student evaluations, classroom teaching skills, developing rubrics, and more.

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Additional Services

  • Faculty Learning Community- a peer-led group of faculty members (6-12) who engage in an active, collaborative, year–long program, structured to provide encouragement, support, and reflection.
  • Department chair support- web resources, CTE services, and SMU policies and procedures.
  • Technology- CTE provides personalized and expert services to our faculty in support of academic research and instructional technology use, innovation, and experimentation at SMU.