Worcester State University
Center for Teaching & Learning


Services and Resources of the CTL

Facilities of the Center. The Center for Teaching and Learning is located in Sullivan 117 and serves as a welcoming hub for WSU faculty from across the campus. It has a "smart" conference space for 10-12 people with computers, outlets, projection, and whiteboard which can be scheduled for meetings or workshops. The space also houses the office of the director, and a workspace for a graduate assistant. Click here to reserve the Center's space.

A prominent feature of the Center is our library of books, periodicals and other print resources specifically built around faculty development and the scholarship of teaching and learning. We receive a subscription to the print edition of the Chronicle of Higher Education, which is available to read in the Center. We keep a collection of resources, handouts, and aids from previous teaching workshops and past events. The collection is catalogued and searchable in the Worcester State library catalog  (see below). The Center loans its books to faculty and invites anyone to benefit from them while in the Center. The Center also has several examples of completed tenure binders to serve as a resource for faculty during the tenure and promotion process.

Events (workshops, symposia, lectures, guest speakers and panel discussions). These events address a wide range of topics depending on the needs of faculty and the University, and the availability and willingness of faculty to share their expertise with their colleagues. These are typically single session events.

Workshop Series and Brown Bag Lunches. These events focus on a specific topic over a series of gatherings. For example, the instructional technology workshop series addresses a range of specific aspects of technology over the academic year. Brown bag lunches are more informal in nature and allow people to gather regularly to discuss issues around a specific topic.

Institutes. The Center offers two multi-day faculty development institutes each year. The Winter Institute takes place during the winter intersession, and the Summer Institute happens the week after commencement. These institutes focus on a theme, and consist of multiple sessions throughout each day. Recent themes have been "Integrative Learning," "Learning-Centered Teaching" and the "LASC: Liberal Arts and Sciences Curriculum."

Coffees at the Center. Coffees at the Center are regular, informal times when faculty can stop by the Center and have some coffee. It is a chance to meet colleagues in other departments. There is always a conversation about teaching and learning occurring.

Faculty Learning Communities. Faculty learning communities are cross-disciplinary groups of faculty engaging in an active, collaborative, yearlong program with a curriculum about enhancing teaching and learning with frequent activities that provide learning, development, interdisciplinarity, scholarship of teaching and learning, and community. These communities focus on specific topics.

Mentoring Program. The Center coordinates a mentoring program for new faculty; if desired, new faculty are given assistance in finding and connecting with a mentor. Occasional programs are offered to mentoring pairs.

Consultation Services. Individual consultation services regarding teaching and learning are available upon request of individual faculty. These are confidential services and focus on issues or skills that the faculty member identifies.

The Library for Teaching and Learning. The Center’s library is focused on teaching and learning and makes available to faculty books, videos, and articles related to teaching and learning. The collection is available on LibraryThing. It is also catalogued and searchable in the Worcester State library catalog; input a keyword and limit your search in the right hand sidebar under "Location" to "CTL Faculty Library."

Alden Excellence in Teaching Awards. These awards celebrate excellence in teaching at Worcester State by two faculty members each year. Candidates are nominated by students, colleagues, or alumni.

Educational Technology and Equipment. The Center loans devices to assist in pedagogy, including digital cameras, podcasting equipment, and iPads, by reservation (click for the downloadable form).

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  Contact the Center
  CTL Events Google Calendar
  CTL Forms
  Academics at WSU
  Governance Forms & Instructions
  2011-2012 Academic Calendar (PDF)
  Academic Support Services
  WSU Library Blog
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