Center For Teaching & Learning
The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) provides development and resource support to faculty, staff, and students through the sharing and enhancement of effective strategies.
An Educational Environment For All
The CTL is committed to creating an educational environment that is socially just and inclusive of our diverse community.
Main Areas Of Focus Include:
- Learning Motivation
- Innovative Pedagogy
- Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
- Blended/Hybrid/Online Applications
- Collaborative Partnerships
- Reacting to the Past (RTTP) Curriculum Initiatives
Brown Bag Workshops
At Brown Bag Workshops faculty and staff are invited to discuss a topic during lunch. Drawing from contemporary teaching and learning research and practice, as well as the expertise and interests of our faculty and staff, these sessions provide workshops addressing critical areas of pedagogy worthy of focused attention.
Short courses are six-week programs, some of which are online and some face-to-face. The courses provide instruction in developing specific skill sets addressing specific pedagogical issues like:
- Blended/Online Instruction Short Course - The course will address the following focus areas: Course Basics, Assignment Design & Collaboration, and Customizing Courses.
- Social Justice & Inclusion Short Course – The course addresses integrating diversity into curriculum, designing effective group work, facilitating problematic speech, and navigating the benefits and challenges of immersive pedagogies.
- The “R” Short Course – The course focuses on pedagogical application of the statistical software.
Faculty & Staff Learning Communities (Reading/Discussion Groups)
This program provides opportunities for small groups of faculty and staff to meet and discuss shared readings on pedagogy related topics of interest.
CTL Grants for Pedagogy Research and Applications
Pedagogy research and application grants are competitive grants that support faculty efforts doing pedagogy research (up to $5,000) or integrating new pedagogy approaches to courses already in place ($1,000). These grants encourage faculty efforts toward pedagogy enhancement and future conference presentations and publication.
Engaging Pedagogy Conference
Started in 2015, the annual TLU Engaging Pedagogy Conference provides a forum for participants from over 20 regional schools to share the ways in which they critically reflect on teaching and learning and creatively adapt what we know to serve our diverse community of students.
When we are at our best, students learn to critically reflect on their learning and life practices. They learn to creatively adapt what they know to serve a diverse community in an evolving world.
National trends tell us that colleges and universities struggle to help students persist and succeed in this endeavor. In answer to this struggle, the annual conference critically reflects on our own teaching and learning, and how we can creatively adapt what we know to serve our diverse community of students.
- Sycora Wilson, Director, Student Success, and Retention
- Margaret Gonzales, Associate Professor of English & Director of Composition and the Student Communication Center
- Shirley Bleidt, Associate Professor, Education Department
- John Sieben, Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science
- Sam Hijazi, Associate Professor of Information Systems
- Rodrick Shao, Director of Center for Teaching and Learning