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Center for Teaching and Learning

The University of Delaware has a strong commitment to student and faculty engagement and support in effective teaching. In 1975, the Faculty Senate established the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) which promotes the enhancement of learning and teaching at the University. CTL and the Office of Educational Assessment (OEA) have been joined programmatically under the new title: Center for Teaching & Assessment of Learning (CTAL).

CTL's primary goals are:

  • Support the instructional improvement efforts of UD's teaching community.
  • Facilitate the implementation of programs and activities that enrich and improve teaching and learning.
  • Promote active engagement and innovation in teaching and learning.
  • Cultivate an institutional climate that values, rewards, sustains and renews excellence in teaching and learning.
  • Serve as a clearinghouse on teaching and learning in higher education.

CTL supports faculty, administrators, graduate students, and staff in their instructional activities and provides a range of instructional services to help all members of UD's teaching community enhance the teaching and learning process.


The Teaching Professor: A Different Kind of Final

In The Teaching Professor (August issue), Karinda Barrett writes about her experience using a concept mapping project in place of a more traditional final exam to assess students' higher-level thinking.

Other articles in the issue:

  • Are Student-Professor Relationships More Important in Hard Courses?
  • Energize Your Classroom with Humor
  • Promoting Student Choice
  • Students and Reading: An Impressive Analysis
  • Using Sports to Teach Teamwork
  • What Would the Brady Bunch Do?

CTAL and the UD Libraries are pleased to cost-share a group online subscription to this national newsletter on college teaching, edited by Dr. Maryellen Weimer of Penn State Berks, national expert and higher education author.


To access the Teaching Professor Archive Click Here.

First Friday Roundtable on Teaching

Broadening Your Repertoire of Active Learning Approaches - UDaily, September 21, 2012

Senior faculty will provide engaging hands-on demonstrations where participants will experiment with different active learning strategies in small groups. All faculty, especially faculty new to UD, are invited.
Pre-registration is required. Pre-register here.
Sponsors: ITUE, ATS, and CTAL


Call for Nominations - K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award

Deadline for Receipt of Materials: October 1, 2012

The K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award recognizes graduate students who show exemplary promise as future leaders of higher education; whose work reflects a strong emphasis on teaching and learning; and who demonstrate a commitment to developing academic and civic responsibility in themselves and others.The award honors the work of K. Patricia Cross, Professor Emerita of Higher Education at the University of California, Berkeley. Please go to the K. Patricia Cross page of AAC&U's Web site for complete information.

Contact Information
Please contact Suzanne Hyers at or 202.387.3760 with any questions.

Past UD Winners
Cara Robinson, School of Public Policy & Administration, 2010 (link to UDaily article)
Amy Cass, Sociology & Criminal Justice, 2007 (link to UDaily article)



Teaching at UD: Session for Faculty New to UD

This pre-Fall semester session is designed to support you as a faculty member, help ease your transition into your teaching position, answer your questiosn, and introduce you to instructional resources. In this interactive setting you will network with faculty from other disciplines, discusse teaching practices, and have a sounding board for ideas and questions.

The session will take place on Friday, August 24th, from 2-6pm at the Courtyard Marriott at UD.

Click HERE to register by August 17. See Agenda (pdf).


Doctoral students attend National Conference on Teaching

The 10 University of Delaware doctoral students who were awarded competitive travel grants to attend the annual Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching and Learning held in Bethesda, Md., May 31-June 3, are now putting the new instructional ideas they have learned into practice.  The students will share what they have learned with the larger University teaching community by serving as TA Conference Fellows and/or facilitating sessions in their respective departments.

Read the full UDaily article HERE.

The Teaching Professor: Learning from Our Mistakes

The Teaching Professor, June, discusses the idea of a learning from our mistakes.  The article provides references for several articles about faculty who have learned from their mistakes in teaching and advocates for all faculty to reflect and improve on their teaching.

Other articles in the June issue:

A Blog Enhances Participation
Discussion Made a Difference
Getting to Know Yourself with Blue Slips
Giving Students Choices in How Much Assignments Count
Inquiry-Based Approaches: What Do Students Think?
Is Grade Inflation Always Bad?
Too Many Papers: Two Solutions
Tutoring in Large Lectures?

CTAL has purchased a group online subscription to The Teaching Professor, a national newsletter on college teaching, edited by Dr. Maryellen Weimer of Penn State Berks, national expert and higher education author.

For instructions on how to access the newsletter Click Here

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