We are a collaborative team comprised of several partners including Academic and Emerging Technologies (AET), the Center for Engaged Teaching and Learning (CETL), the English Language Institute (ELI), and Students Assessing Teaching and Learning (SATAL).
Our Mission is to provide a centralized physical and virtual location for programs, resources, and services focused on delivering student-centered, innovative, and high-quality learning experiences to improve student outcomes. Teaching Commons is held by three pillars:
- Pedagogy – the development and implementation of high-impact, innovative evidence-based teaching practices
- Academic Technology – training and adoption of effective and emerging technologies for teaching
- Education Research – evaluation and investigation to improve programs, teaching, and learning
To accomplish this, Teaching Commons:
- Provides information and consultation on current educational research, particularly the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) and discipline-based education research (DBER), to promote evidence-based instructional practices, services, and programs across the institution
- Collects, analyzes, and reports data regarding the student experience and identify opportunities to improve teaching and learning in the classroom
- Supports and trains instructors in active learning, emerging technologies, and other instructional strategies to enhance teaching effectiveness
- Collaborates with instructors to investigate the impact of instructional innovations
- Focuses on research and best practices regarding equity and inclusion for first-generation and underrepresented students.