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Consulting Services

The Instructional Development staff in the Office of Instructional Consultation, as well as those in TA DevelopmentProduction and Classroom Services, provide a full range of training and consulting services on all aspects of teaching, learning, course evaluation, production of instructional materials, educational technology, and delivery of course content. We customize our consultations for each faculty member according to their individual circumstances. Sign up for a video consultation to record your classroom, and/or contact our office manager to arrange an appointment

Come meet with us to discuss:

  • Designing assignments, tests, grading structure, syllabi, group work, etc.
  • Best practices for large or small class lectures 
  • Improving student retention of difficult material
  • Increasing student participation in lecture and section/lab
  • Working with TAs
  • Having a consultant observe your class teaching and provide confidential feedback 
  • UCSB instructional culture, common best practices, and creative teaching experiences
  • Writing customized ESCI questions
  • Using technology in pedagogically-sound ways
  • Writing an ILTI or Instructional Improvement Project (IIP) grant
  • Teaching controversial topics
  • Designing online coursework 
  • And anything else related to teaching and learning

We also consult with academic departments on a number of topics, such as faculty development, TA training, developing program level learning outcomes, and ESCI survey questions.  

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
TBD ESCI assistant1124 Kerr Hall


Laurel Shaddixoffice manager 1130 Kerr Hall
faxfax: 805-893-5915