Individual Consultation

What is individual consultation?

Any professor can request a meeting to discuss issues related to teaching and learning. This service is available for all faculty members, full and part-time as well as teaching assistants. The frequency and length of consultations vary according to instructor needs.  Confidentiality is assured.

Why would I consult?

  • To obtain information on new teaching methods or evaluation techniques you might wish to implement in your course.
  • To work on any component of your teaching process (planning, teaching methods, evaluation, etc.).
  • To discuss difficulties you may have encountered while teaching (e.g. difficulty motivating students' participation, giving or receiving feedback, etc.) and means to solve them.
  • To discuss the results of your student course evaluations and to develop instructional strategies that may help improve your teaching or your students' learning.
  • To discuss any other subject related to teaching and student learning.
  • To develop and prepare a teaching dossier.

Whatever your instructional needs, we will be happy to discuss them with you confidentially.

Group Consultations

What is group consultation?

Members of the CIPDL staff can meet with a group of professors or, in some cases, with a professor representing a group of colleagues. This service is also available to a department or faculty wishing to discuss matters related to teaching and learning or to work on specific projects related to teaching and learning. The frequency and the length of the consultation can vary according to needs.

Who consults and why?

  • Professors who teach the same course and decide to change some aspects of it, for example evaluation tools or strategies.
  • Professors from a department who share a common interest, for example, course assessment methods or getting feedback in class. At the request of the department, the Centre can organize a workshop and a discussion for all the instructors in the department.
  • Departments or faculties who wish to conduct a survey among students, develop new courses, make curricular changes, etc.
  • Departments or units who wish to arrange an instructional development program for staff (e.g. course design, developing multiple-choice tests, etc.).

Whatever your needs are in terms of teaching, we will be happy to collaborate with groups of professors, departments or faculties and help find appropriate resources.

For further information, contact the Centre for Innovative Pedagogies and Digital Learning (CIPDL).

Online Consultations

How does it work?

It's easy, simply follow these three steps:

  1. Simply call 613-562-5300 or email ;
  2. Agree upon an appointment with the CIPDL team;
  3. Take note of the details of the online consultation in your calendar.

What tech do I need to make this work?

Adobe Connect *

We recommend that you use the Desktop Conferencing tool Adobe Connect. This tool works with or without a web camera but you will need a microphone and speakers or a headset attached. Should you need technical support prior to your online consultation, please do not hesitate to contact the CMTL's help line at 613-562-5282.

No installation or sign-in required!

To start your online consultation:

  1. Type the following link in your Internet browser:;
  2. Once the page opens, click on: Enter as a Guest, and type in your name;
  3. Click on: Enter Room to start your online consultation.
Skype (Microsoft)

If you don't have a Skype account, you will need to create one. To do so, please follow the instructions listed on the Skype website Suivez les instructions concernant l'installation qui s'y trouvent.

To start your online consultation:

  1. Sign in using your Skype account;
  2. Add the "CPU-CUT" contact and wait for the acceptance of your invitation (only for your first consultation, any subsequent consultations, the CPU-CUT identifier will be in your contact list).
  3. Start the connection of your choice (voice or voice and video).

* We recommend that you use Abode Connect, a uOttawa conferencing system that delivers a stable, user-friendly, and high quality experience to its users. Furthermore, technical support is provided by the Centre for Mediated Teaching and Learning's team.

We are pleased to also offer Skype for the online consultations but please note that the University of Ottawa does not support Skype as an application. If technical problems should occur, we may not be able to help you.

Confidentiality: In any case, rest assured that consultations remain a highly confidential approach.