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Faculty Development

The Office of Instructional Development offers consultation to faculty on all aspects of teaching and learning. Our objective is to help faculty reflect on classroom practice and suggest strategies for improvement. Services take the form of individual consultations by appointment, workshops for groups of interested faculty, and seminars in college teaching tailored for individual schools/departments. All consultations are strictly confidential and participation by faculty is entirely voluntary. For more information or to schedule an appointment please contact: 


Professional consultation will be given based on an analysis of some initial data such as a videotape, faculty self-assessment, or set of evaluation results (please contact the Evaluation of Instruction Program for information about the administration of student evaluations of faculty teaching). Suggested strategies will be tailored to individual needs.

Topics for Individual Consultation

Likely topics for consultation include but are not limited to:

  • improving evaluation results
  • constructing a dossier to submit as part of the promotion and tenure process
  • organizing a lecture
  • facilitating a discussion
  • communicating with students
  • increasing class participation or attendance
  • using informal feedback to improve teaching
  • motivating students to learn
  • constructing more effective tests
  • teaching and learning in a distance education environment (please consult Distance Learning)
  • the effective use of teaching assistants (please consult Teaching Assistant Training Program)

During a consultation suggestions can be made regarding assistance available in other areas of OID that might be appropriate for the particular case in question. Specifically, recommendations can be made regarding links to OID's educational technology facilities (for example, the Teaching and Learning Center), and to various funding sources administered by the Office (please see the Grants page).

Resources for Teaching

UCLA Faculty are known for their outstanding classroom work, innovation, and dedication to teaching. The following resources are intended to help faculty improve their teaching. Please note that some of the items listed are links to "do-it-yourself" services. If you find that you need additional assistance, please don't hesitate to contact us.  

The Teacher's Guide

  • The Teacher's Guide is an Informal Summary of University Policies, Procedures, and Resources for Undergraduate Instruction. We are currently making revisions and an updated version will be available soon.


Instructional Improvement Group

Educational Technology Group

In addition, OID maintains a small resource library of teaching materials and journals, available to faculty, as well as hosts periodic videoconferences on topics of interest to teachers. Please contact OID at (310) 825-9149 for more information. 

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