Student Consultants on Teaching at York (SCOTAY)

SCOTAY, or Student Consultants on Teaching at York, are undergraduate students from the Faculty of Education with a keen interest in teaching and learning and the enhancement of the student experience. Their role is to provide a student voice into teaching and learning activities at York, offering a low stress opportunity for faculty to reflect on their teaching practice through the eyes of a student. Faculty whose primary role is teaching, or faculty who are looking to revisit current strategies or reflect on new pedagogies, are all encouraged to register.

These students have been trained here at the Teaching Commons to work with professors who are interested in receiving feedback on their teaching from a student not enrolled in their classes. The SCOTAYs are ready to observe a lecture and provide feedback based on a pre-observation meeting in which you and the student set goals and expectations for the observation. Professors who have participated in the program have discussed feedback on the pace and organization of the lecture, student engagement activities, and clarity of information presented in class. This feedback is based around the goals and expectations discussed in the pre observation meeting.


The program is overseen by educational developers from the Teaching Commons who ensure that both the instructors and SCOTAYs receive adequate support throughout the process. SCOTAY observations are currently suspended. More information will be added to this page when it is available. 

Our 2019-2020 student consultants created a poster presentation discussing their perspective on the SCOTAY program and their thoughts on Universal Design for Learning (UDL) & positive student engagement.

Poster Presentation

Poster Text – UDL, SCOTAY, and Student Engagement

Poster Image Credits

You can learn more about our pilot year of the program by viewing a presentation created and facilitated by our 2018-2019 SCOTAY students at the 2019 Educational Developers Caucus (EDC) conference. 

Experts in (Their) Experience: Student Consultants on Teaching at York

The SCOTAY program is currently suspended: For questions about the program, please contact Lisa Endersby, Educational Developer, at