Support for Auburn Global Faculty & All Faculty Teaching International Students
The Biggio Center is committed to supporting faculty who teach in the AU Global Program as well as faculty who are beginning to see larger numbers of international students in their courses. We can offer just-in-time support and consultations as well as resources and support for those who are planning or designing classes in/for the longer term. For any questions or teaching needs, please contact Lindsay Doukopoulos.
At mid semester, upon request, a Biggio Center consultant will visit your class and collect feedback from your students, typically during the last 30 minutes of class.
You will leave the classroom for approximately 30 minutes so that the consultant can have a discussion with your students. This discussion is structured around three questions:
What’s going well for your learning in this class?
What could be improved?
Any other comments or suggestions?
The consultant will assemble all of the feedback obtained at the session and construct a summary report. During a confidential consultation, you will meet to discuss this report and identify one or two small tweaks to improve learning for your students this semester.
Another option is electronic feedback, called Mid-Semester Teaching Feedback: Online Survey, which is suggested for large classes or those with multiple course sections.
Mid-Semester Teaching Feedback: Online Survey
Upon request, we will create an online Qualtrics survey for your students that you can share with them at mid-semester to receive teaching feedback. This is the online equivalent of small group instructional feedback; however, students respond individually to these questions rather than in groups.
Online Course Reviews
Upon request, the instructional designer will use the Quality Matters Rubric to assess course components and interactions to provide the instructor with teaching feedback.
The Biggio Center team can help with any facet of instructional design. Whether you need guidance in planning a new course, improving an old course, specific classroom techniques (using iClickers in the classroom for example) or preparing a proposal for extramural funding, we are here to help.
For specific needs involving distance learning and implementing technology in the classroom, our instructional designer, Betsy Gilbertson, can help. She has helped faculty members create online courses and trained them to incorporate technology such as Canvas into their classrooms. She can meet with you for an individual consultation or visit a department to give a presentation. Please submit a request form if you think Betsy can help you.
We are happy to come and observe your classroom upon request. Unless specifically noted, a Biggio Center consultant will take note of class meeting organization, teaching techniques, interaction between teacher and student, and student and teacher behavior. The consultant will then write up a report of what was observed and meet with you privately and confidentially at some point following the observation.
A classroom observation is particularly useful for new teachers, but is also beneficial to those who have taught for years. As educators, we can always improve our teaching methodologies and practices.
Peer Review Consultation
Peer review is a useful process that many academic departments engage in on college and university campuses nation and world wide. It involves teachers within the same program observing each other teaching and then providing constructive feedback and suggestions based on what they observed in the classroom. Peer review is mandated by the Board of Trustees. The Biggio Center team is equipped to help any department on campus set up a peer review process that is tailored to a specific field of study.
Click on any of the grants listed below to learn more about the application policies, procedures, and deadlines: