The overall purpose of the Teaching and Learning Commons (TLC) is to provide teaching support and resources for faculty, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows. TLC staff collaborate with campus partners to assist instructors in enhancing their teaching tools, whether on campus or online, to deepen student learning. The TLC also offers the Graduate Academy for graduate students and postdocs to develop a range of core skills for their future careers.
Our mission is to support, promote, and enhance teaching effectiveness at the University through instructional strategies and faculty development related to design and technology. We provide the infrastructure to support faculty in teaching and learning efforts, specifically related to instructional design and technology integration. As programs explore active learning initiatives (such as flipped classrooms), instructional and visual designers and classroom technologists are available to assist. Every iDesign service request comes with TLC's signature "Coffee & a Conversation." (The coffee is optional, but we'll eye you suspiciously.) This allows us to explore the best solutions to fit your needs. Specific services include classroom technology integration and support for general purpose classrooms; creation of interactive objects and infographics for courses (online, blended, and face-to-face); instructional design services for full course development on online, blended, and face-to-face courses; and video and webcasting for TLC projects and inititatives (with limited availability to support other student-centered or faculty-focused events).
The iExcel unit, via the guidance of the Director of Academic Excellence and Assessment, provides a range of services to various university stakeholders and constituencies. The unit consults with and provides support to faculty, staff, and administrators for university- wide assessment, including general education. It supports university accreditation efforts and coordinates the program review process by developing outcomes, curriculum maps, measures, targets, analysis, action plans, closing the loop, and reporting. When requested or warranted, iExcel will provide workshops and other instructional, pedagogical, or technical services to academic units. It also compiles, analyzes, and presents assessment data to the university community in a form that stresses actionable results while also working to improve data-level acuity, precision, and consistency across campus. The unit will promote the use of assessment instruments and methods that are embedded within students’ normal learning experiences, engagement with new, effective developments within the larger assessment community, and the use of existing and emergent technologies in support of Teaching and Learning Commons goals, but also work to reduce surveying and redundant assessment efforts.
Our team supports all instructors (full and part time faculty, teaching assistants, postdocs, and all others who teach) to enhance their teaching; for postdoctoral fellows and graduate students, the Graduate Academy also provides a range of programs in core competencies for career success. We offer an array of events in face-to-face and online formats, including consultations, workshops, seminar courses, and networking opportunities.
A core component of the Teaching and Learning Commons is to facilitate collaboration and partnership across campus and beyond. To that end, the TLC has identified some specific resources that contribute to our shared goals:
Faculty Associates partner with the Teaching & Learning Commons by offering programming that meets the needs of faculty and graduate students. Faculty Associates also assist with New Faculty and Graduate Teaching Assistant orientations and professional development events, such as Celebrate.
Faculty representatives provide valuable insight on a wide spectrum of topics such as instructional needs, assessment, faculty orientation, strategic planning, and workshops/programming.