The Center for Teaching and Learning enhances the University’s mission of teaching and learning excellence, provides enterprise level instructional technologies, and champions the advancement of scholarly teaching. Major priorities include:
- Providing professional development opportunities to ensure constructive and active learning environments.
- Leveraging the experience and wisdom of faculty leaders to promote teaching excellence.
- Encouraging innovative research and scholarly publication on teaching and learning.
- Identifying, developing, and sustaining enterprise level instructional technology systems.
- Collaborating with campus constituents to assess programs, tools, and services that support their teaching and learning needs.
- Contributing to the development of policies, initiatives, and Campus-wide culture that supports excellence in teaching.
The Center for Teaching and Learning:
- Is an integral part of the success of UNC Charlotte.
- Is a leader in the innovative use of scholarly research in teaching and learning.
- Defines best practices in professional development that ensure quality course design through the effective integration of technology and innovative teaching strategies.
- Is an unwavering advocate of a diverse, open learning environment which fosters active collaboration among all members of the Academy.
What we value as an organization:
- Mutual Respect
- Academic Integrity
- Inclusion and Accessibility
- Open Communications
- Collaboration and Teamwork
- Continuous Learning
- Academic Excellence
- Customer Service
Goals and Objectives
Transform student learning experiences by providing professional development opportunities for faculty and graduate teaching assistants. Examples would include:
- Regularly scheduled and customized interactive workshops
- Online, self-paced instructional materials
- Individual, group consultations
- Summer Institute (May)
- New Faculty / Summer Intensive Week (August)
- Teaching Week (Fall)
- Just-in-time, five-minute workshops
- Fundamentals of College Teaching for TAs
- Learning communities (clickers, online pedagogy, redesign of large courses)
- Classroom/peer observations
- Faculty roundtable series
- SOTL grants
- Teaching large classes
- Online pedagogy
- Promote best practices of teaching excellence in both traditional and online pedagogy of teaching and learning.
- Research, evaluate, and communicate best practices in teaching and learning
- Provide and maintain scholarly resources in support of best practices
- Share information from professional journals, online resources with faculty and instructional staff on innovation in teaching and learning
- Maintain and update the collection of texts in our “Professional Development Library”
- Collaborate with faculty, staff, and peers to identify emerging technologies and evaluate their instructional applications, costs, and benefits.
Develop and expand the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL) grants program.
- Administer SOTL Grants process with faculty SOTL Committee
- Create venues for sharing teaching research, such as Teaching Week
- Provide Web and print resources in support of SOTL
- Collaborate with faculty in SOTL activities, such as negotiating IRB process and budgets, writing grant proposals, and presenting at conferences
- Offer travel grants and other awards, as funding allows
- Explore sponsorship of an award to recognize excellence in teaching research
Identify, develop, and sustain enterprise level instructional technology systems.
- Implement transparent, faculty-driven, Moodle enhancement process
- Ensure stable and reliable user experience for all platforms (Moodle, Wimba)
- Secure adequate resources for technical sustainability
- Build and maintain alliances with vendors and ITS to ensure optimum system reliability and performance
- Provide regular technology training and support for faculty, TAs, and selected groups
- Align systems with University policies for Moodle access
- Explore options for transitioning current Opscan center to online course evaluation system
Collaborate with campus constituents to support the university’s strategic teaching and learning initiatives.
- Identify programs, tools, and services that support constituents’ teaching and learning needs.
- Partner with colleges and departments to develop specialized programs and resources
- Maintain a faculty advisory group to support the work of the Center and collaborate with distributed IT staff within colleges and other units
- Create and maintain interest groups for teaching and learning initiatives such as professional learning communities
- Collect and analyze data for planning future programs and evaluating existing programs
- Streamline methods for clients to reach help/support resources