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Teaching and Learning's website
During the 2013 - 2014 academic year
the CTL will be focusing on three key themes:
Collaboration, Innovation, and Support
Each of these themes will be reflected in the year's projects:
Collaboration: Olympic College has been awarded three $5,000 grants from the
State Board for three separate Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs). Even though
the title suggests otherwise, these FLCs are open to anyone interested in
improving teaching, learning, and student success. For detailed info on the 2013/14 FLCs click
Innovation: It not news to learn that
technology is playing a larger role in higher education. In the past year, here
at OC we've been migrating our course content into
Canvas, our new online learning management system. Last year eLearning and a
crew of faculty worked hard to present workshops assisting faculty and staff as
they moved their content over and redesigned their courses. This year the CTL
and eLearning will continue to support faculty as they develop their online
curriculum. Specifically, we have highlighted some workshops that speak to
course design and innovative teaching strategies. For
more info on these workshops, please click here.
Additionally, the CTL has put a
call out for ideas that speak to the Canvas Innovation Grants being offered
through Instructure. The purpose of these grants is
to support innovation and help people turn their ideas into reality. We're
excited to see what ideas we collect and have organized a campus-wide contest
to spotlight the strongest ideas. For more information click here.
Support: The most common request that has been received by the CTL is to
increase the access to campus resources and information, specifically for
adjuncts. Luckily, a group of faculty and staff have begun working on
developing an online resource and training hub in which employees will be able
to learn about the responsibilities of each department on campus and may even
complete some of their training and orientation online. This project will take
some time to complete, but if you have ideas or suggestions for how best to
orientate new and continuing employees, please contact the CTL to share your
Also, this year we have two
fabulous faculty mentors that have helped to support the Center and offer a
variety of workshops for faculty and staff. Read about their topics, workshops,
and experience being a faculty mentor here.
Additionally, there have been a number of requests to increase
opportunities for more informal and social
opportunities in which people can network and develop more connections on
campus. As we know too well, we tend to work in silos - isolating ourselves
to our particular discipline/department and mainly communicating over email.
This year the CTL will work to provide opportunities in which people can come
together and actually put a face to a name and help build a supportive and
respectful community on campus. Keep an eye out for informal lunch events,
happy hours, and drop-in hours at the CTL!
questions or comments? Email the Center for Teaching & Learning!