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TA Video Consultation

The TA Video and Consultation Service allows Teaching Assistants and Teaching Associates to be recorded (free of charge) while teaching. Recordings can then be viewed with a consultant. To schedule a TA Video, click here to complete the online form.

If scheduling a recording, please provide the day, time, building, and room number. At least 72 hours advanced notice is needed. If possible, please provide more than one date for your recording. A notice will be sent to you confirming the day and time of your recording. Recordings are 50 minutes. If your class or lab runs longer than that and you want the entire class recorded, please note that as a special request.

Once you have been recorded, you will receive an email with a schedule of consultation times for which you may sign up. If you find that you need to cancel your consultation, please give us at least two days notice so that graduate student consultants do not get "stood up."

Viewing TA Videos with a Consultant

Teaching Assistants will review their recording with experienced graduate student consultants who have been trained to provide valuable feedback on teaching.

The Consultation provides a non-evaluative atmosphere in which you may:

  • reflect on the teaching methods you are already effectively using;
  • discuss aspects of your teaching you want to improve or modify; and
  • explore new teaching methods and strategies which with to experiment.

To schedule a consultation, contact taconsult@id.ucsb.edu. Consultations are held in 1128 Kerr Hall.

Teaching Associates and faculty members may request to review their recordings with an Instructional Consultant (Mindy Colin, Lisa Berry) from the Office of Instructional Consultation. All consultations are confidential.

Evaluating the Video and Consultation Process

If you have had a TA Taping and Consultation, and haven't already filled out an evaluation form, click here for our online form

Comments about the Service...

"It gave me a new perspective on my teaching - let me view myself as the students might."

"I learned a great deal; how to look and act when lecturing, how attentive I am to student needs, and how to make my explanations clearer."

"The videotape consultation gave me the chance to view my teaching, which helped me to reinforce what I was doing well and illuminated some problems of which I was not aware. I was offered useful advice."

"The consultations were less stressful than anticipated. The consultants offered much food for thought." 

As a result of their viewing and discussions with consultants, TAs report many changes in their classrooms and in themselves, including: increased confidence, greater sensitivity to students' instructional needs, use of effective questioning techniques, and better utilization of class time.

This consultation service is free of charge to all UCSB Teaching Assistants, Associates, and faculty. For further information contact taconsult@id.ucsb.edu.

consultation contacts

George Michaelsexecutive director2130 Kerr Hall
lisa berrysenior instructional consultant1130 Kerr Hall
mindy colininstructional consultant1130 Kerr Hall
Mary Lou Ramos database and ESCI administrator1130 Kerr Hall
Aisha Wedlaw ESCI assistant1124 Kerr Hall
Sarah Koepkeoffice manager 1130 Kerr Hall
faxfax: 805-893-5915