The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) Brings Together Cross-Campus Faculty Support
Faculty have a new resource for exploring effective teaching techniques and innovative academic tools at Georgia State University – the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL). The CETL team brings together under one name the Center for Instructional Effectiveness and the Center for Instructional Innovation at the university’s main campus as well as the Center for Teaching and Learning at Perimeter College.
Dr. Laura Carruth, Director of CETL and an Associate Professor in the Neuroscience Institute at Georgia State, says, “CETL’s goal is to foster a university community where the best practices of engaged teaching and learning are supported and promoted through a range of programs for all instructors, from first-time graduate assistants to longtime faculty. CETL will help faculty enhance their skillsets and will support them in advancing the discipline of teaching.”
“The new center will provide faculty with a wide range of assistance for creating successful student learning experiences,” states Julian Allen, Senior Director of Learning Innovations for Instructional Innovation & Technology. “CETL is both a new, state-of-the-art facility that centralizes faculty support and a broad team of professionals who can assist faculty with everything from selecting learning technologies to increase student immersion to examining teaching practices that lead to positive learning outcomes,” he continues.
The center’s combined team offers a variety of workshops and consulting services to assist with creating and evaluating courses and academic programs. CETL’s joint resources also include a number of grants, fellowships and programs designed to encourage effective and inventive teaching. “We want to provide resources that result in improved student experiences and that help faculty meet students’ learning needs,” states Dr. Pamela Moolenar-Wirsiy, CETL Director at Perimeter College.
CETL will work with faculty on everything from integrating academic technologies into courses to imagining new learning environments to providing opportunities for students to gain digital skills and apply knowledge.
Many of CETL’s staff will be housed in the new CETL facility in Library South. The new facility includes a simple-to-use video recording studio, audio recording studios, and an interactive classroom that showcases emerging technologies to provide faculty access to the latest teaching equipment.
“In addition to offering access to technology and media creation capabilities, there are a number of spaces that invite faculty from across campuses to meet and discuss their goals with instructional support or to casually get together with one another to build community and make connections,” says Allen.
The CETL grand opening is a weeklong celebration running the week of April 11-15. An opening ceremony, welcoming faculty to the new facility is scheduled for Tuesday, April 12 at 11 a.m.
Guest speakers and workshops are planned throughout the week to involve faculty in discussion and discovery on topics influencing today’s educational landscape.
Guests from Arizona State University, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, University of Toronto and across Atlanta will discuss topics such as the future of Open Educational Resources (OER) and learning in the age of social media.