The main goal and purpose of the Center for Teaching & Learning is to help faculty members improve their teaching and promote more active, effective, and efficient learning. Whether we can help through teaching new skills, connecting with peers, or helping you develop more effective lessons or media, CTL would love to discuss with you about how we can be involved.
Here are a few of the services we offer:
- Lunch & Learn
- Consulting (Personal or Departmental)
- Technology Training (Software and Hardware)
- Faculty Development Lab
- CTL Experimental Classroom
Each semester CTL presents a series of lunchtime discussions that cover emerging teaching methods and technologies that are important to DSU. More than just demonstrations or tutorials, we work to demonstrate how the topic is being used in higher ed and here at DSU, and how you could apply it to your classroom. The Lunch & Learn schedule is announced before the start of each semester. Watch your email and check back here for the upcoming semester’s schedule
CTL believes in pedagogy driven solutions. Educational problems require educational, not technological, solutions.
We would love to meet with you individually or as a department or school to discuss large and small problems or issues and see if we can work with you to come up with a solution.
We are interested in hearing about your experience in the classroom. Set up a time to meet with us today, we’d love to hear from you about what’s working, what could be improved, and how we can help make your job easier and your students’ experience better.
Our staff has over 40 years of experience developing curriculum and designing courses in higher education.
We are not part of faculty assessment, we have heard confessions from not knowing what powerpoint is, to not being exactly sure how to log in to canvas. We can help you with anything you’ve always wanted to know about technology but were afraid to ask.
We are the place to go to ask questions, get honest constructive critiques and ideas of what you are doing, and suggestions and ideas for improvement.
Does your department need training in a specific topic? Interested in having us do research on emerging pedagogical or technological trends in your field? Trying to decide what to do at your next departmental meeting?
We would love to come discuss the issues you are facing as a department and see if we can work with you to come up with solutions.
Technology, you love it, you hate it, it’s the cause of and solution to all of life’s problems, one thing you can’t do is ignore it.
Whether you need training in Photoshop, video editing, or just finally need to get around to learning what google docs are, at CTL we can take you from absolute beginner to advanced ninja in any educational or media software.
We can come to your office and work with you on your computer or we can set up an appointment in our Faculty Development Lab.
Some (but not all) of the software we could help you learn:
- Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, etc.)
- Google Docs
- Presentation Software (Prezi, Powerpoint, video editing)
- Lecture recording software (Camtasia, Jing, etc,)
- Adobe Software (Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.)
- Video and Audio editing software
- Classroom polling software
- Web development
- Other software specific to your field
CTL has access to learning tools that can enhance the teaching and learning experience.
Some of the hardware we feel confident in training includes:
- Tablets for in-class use
- Smart boards
- In-class polling hardware (clickers)
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Faculty Development Lab
The CTL Faculty Development Lab is located in room 320 in the Holland Centennial Commons Building, the northwest corner of the building.
The lab is open to all faculty for training or media and course production. We have high-end Windows and Mac computers with MS Office, Adobe Creative Suite, Lectora, Camtasia, and other software and a scanner for creating instructional materials. Faculty and Staff are always welcome to use the equipment in our lab, or to get help in learning to use the software.
CTL Experimental Classroom
The CTL Experimental Classroom was designed and created as a central adaptable classroom for all faculty to reserve to try out new learning technologies and teaching methods. The classroom has a smart board, access to 30 iPads and interactive monitors as well as flexible furniture to allow you to experiment with different classroom arrangements.