University of Redlands

Instructional Technology Services

About Us

Instructional Technology Services team partners with faculty members, academic units, and other university stakeholders to advance the culture of teaching and learning at the UoR. Our goal is to empower faculty members and others to create innovative, effective, and meaningful learning experiences through learner-centered and active learning pedagogies, differentiated teaching and learning platforms, and emerging educational technologies.

We offer a wide range of programming and services to foster innovative, evidence-based teaching and learning practices at the University of Redlands. Core programs and services include consultations, tailored workshops, and other events available to the entire teaching community, including departments and programs. We frequently develop new programming and services responding to the needs of individual faculty, the broader academic community, and emerging research around teaching and learning. The following areas are just some of the ways we support teaching and learning across the University of Redlands and we welcome requests or ideas for new programs or services.

Consultations

Instructional Technology Services offers a variety of free, formative, confidential consultations for members of the University of Redlands teaching community. These individual or group consultations may focus on a teaching topic or challenge, a course or strategic initiative, and range from one-off consultations to ongoing engagements for complex projects. We're also available to consult with departments or other academic groups, cohorts, and units.

Teaching Consultations

Teaching Consultations

We design and tailor our consultations according to the needs of each individual, group or unit, therefore we often address varied and diverse topics. Consultation topics can range from fostering engagement and community in the classroom, to experimenting with a new creative project or pedagogical technique. Example topics may include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Preparing a course syllabus: creating learning objectives, outcomes, and inclusive approaches
  • Increasing student engagement and participation:small and strategic approaches to positively impact face-to-face or blended courses
  • Developing methods to assess learning:co-designing assignments and resources, establishing feedback strategies
  • Implementing active and experiential learning: creative projects, case-studies, problem-based and discussion-based learning
  • Integrating innovative technologies and strategies: object-based learning, fabrication and makerspaces, immersive technologies, and multimodal assignments
  • Finding reusable curriculum resources: identifying open-educational resources and co-creating resources
  • Creating opportunities to gather student feedback: creating midpoint evaluations, forming student focus groups
  • Conducting research about student learning: exploring ways to engage in the scholarship of teaching and learning

Consultation Format

Consultation Format

A consultation may take place over email, phone, virtual conference, or in-person, depending on the request and questions. While each consultation will adapt to the needs of an individual or group, our consultation process systemically involves the following steps:

  • Schedule a consultation: To schedule a course consultation, contact use our bookings page. 
  • Before the consultation: Once scheduled, we usually review preliminary resources (syllabus, assignment descriptions, or other course materials) to become familiar with the context of the request and to prepare initial research to share.
  • During the consultation: A consultation will generally start with some initial reflective questions to learn about your teaching and learning goals. We then co-design potential milestones and resources to work towards, explore and design possible solutions.
  • After the consultation: We will provide additional resources and support you during the implementation of a goal. We will also discuss ways to measure or assess any potential changes and address potential improvements for future development.

Teaching Observations

Teaching Observations

Through confidential teaching observations, we also provide guidance and formative feedback on classroom teaching. We start this process with an initial consultation to address the  goals of the observation. Members of the ITS team will then attend a course session or review a blended course and provide a follow up consultation to inform future teaching changes.