Pedagogy & Instructional Design

In keeping with the Center for Transformation’s vision of providing guidance and support services for faculty, staff, and community partners, we are here to provide teaching and learning support to Plymouth State University’s faculty and staff. The pedagogy & instructional design partner is responsible for providing individual and group training along with guiding peer-to-peer mentorship and faculty collaborative working groups so that they may educate and meaningfully impact students. The center strives to enhance learning through educating faculty about pedagogical research, providing tools for self-assessment, and encouraging adoption of best-practices.

Photo By Ian Cook
Photo By Ian Cook

As the University moves toward a more interdisciplinary cluster model, there is increased need to support faculty in creating learning opportunities and environments that are digitally unconstrained and facilitate connectedness and collaboration across the University and with the rest of the world. The center will provide outstanding research-based educational development opportunities for faculty that advance active learner-centered teaching, and support faculty in creating and cultivating exciting learning environments for their students. The pedagogy & instructional design partner will support faculty as they explore innovative teaching strategies to enhance student engagement and learning.

Please visit us in the Center for Transformation or use the Pedagogy Consultation form to schedule and appointment.

Course Design & Pedagogy

The CFT staff is available to consult with all faculty on syllabi and course design or redesign as well as pedagogical approaches and learning strategies. Whether you are developing a course for the first time or thinking about a course redesign we can help you review and improve your courses. A consultation with the pedagogy & instructional design partner provides an opportunity to reflect, discuss, and refine your planning of your student’s learning experiences. Instructors are encouraged to consult with the CFT any stage of course design and preparation. All consultations will be tailored to the unique goals and pedagogical style of each instructor. Course design consultation addresses a wide range of issues such as:
  • syllabi construction
  • discussion and facilitation
  • learning objectives and goals
  • grading methods and policies
  • educational technologies
  • course attendance policies
  • interdisciplinary connections
  • innovative teaching strategies (service learning, experiential learning, team-based learning, etc)

Exam & Assessment Design

 The CFT staff is available to consult with all faculty on course assessment techniques both formative and summative.
  • aligning assessment to stated learning goals and objectives
  • essay exams and written assignments
  • assignment design for both in-class and out-of-class work
  • multiple choice exams and quizzes
  • group work and projects

Student Mentoring & Office Hours

Advising and mentoring is a form of teaching and the CFT staff is available to support faculty, staff and students in the wide variety of ways they engage with each other both inside and outside of the classroom:
  • making the most of office hours for both students and faculty
  • making use of technology and social media for “digital office hours”
  • mentoring undergraduate and graduate students engaged in faculty sponsored research and senior honors theses
  • managing letters of recommendation requests