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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: 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

Applications Invited by June 18: Ph.D. and Postdoc Career Prep

This one-week Academic Career Preparation Summer Institute, July 23-27, 2012 is designed to prepare doctoral students and postdocs for the academic career path. The Institute will focus on two primary goals (1) preparation for the academic job search process, and (2) acculturation and successful transition into the first years of an academic appointment. The Institute will occur from 9:00a.m. - 3:30p.m. in Room 109, Memorial Hall.

The institute is co-sponsored by CTAL, Career Services, and the Office of Graduate and Professional Education in support of UD doctoral candidates and postdocs who pursue faculty careers.

Details and application information can be found here. UDaily, June 5, 2012
Application deadline: Monday, June 18, 2012.


The Teaching Professor: The Reflective Final

The Teaching Professor, May, discusses the idea of a relective final and how it can promote higher ordered student learning.

Other articles in the May issue:

Blended Learning: A Way for Dealing with Content
Friendly but Not Their Friend
Lessons Learned from My Students
Motivation: Intrinsic, Extrinsic, or More
New Evidence on Cooperative Learning
Podcasts Help Students with Difficult Readings

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.

HETC Fellows Present at UD Grad Forum

On Friday, May 4, HETC fellows presented at the Annual UD Graduate Student Forum.  The title of their talk was "Academic ePortfolios: Setting Yourself Apart in the Academic Job Market"

Current doctoral students, and HETC fellows, Jennifer Codding, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Lisa Gurski, Biological Sciences, Todd O’Boyle, Public Policy & Administration, and Kota Takahashi, Biomechanics & Movement Science shared their experiences with academic ePortfolios and the benefits of developing one as a graduate student.

For more information on the HETC Academic ePortfolios click here.

Teaching Conference Travel Fellowship for Doctoral Candidates, Deadline: April 23, 2012

Applications are being accepted for the Teaching Conference Travel Fellowship to the 2012 Lilly Conference in Washington, D.C. May 31-June 3, 2012.  This regional teaching conference presents a unique professional development opportunity for future faculty to refine their teaching skills, support their growth as teacher-scholars in the discipline, deepen their understanding of faculty roles in different institutional contexts, and network with faculty across East Coast institutions.
UDaily article, April 3, 2012
The fellowship is co-sponsored by CTL and the Office of Graduate and Professional Education to support UD doctoral candidates who pursue faculty careers.
Application requirements and form can be found here.  
Application deadline: April 23, 2012.


Nearly $56,000 awarded to support course-based undergraduate research

The Univerity of Delaware's Center for Teaching and Assessment of Learning (CTAL) and the Undergraduate Research Program (URP) recently awarded five academic programs on campus with instructional grants to promote a broad expansion of undergraduate research and scholarship via a course-based approach.

Read the full UDaily article here.

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