Activity and Annual Reports
January-Februrary, 2013. The CTTL staff came back from Winter Break refreshed and ready to tackle a new semester. We kicked off the new year with our annual Winter Institute, a call for applications for our Innovative Teaching Fellowships, a new session of the Online Teaching and Learning Institute, and a well-received new program format-a "one-hour conference." These, plus many other workshops, conversations, and seminars, packed the Center's January and February.
November-December, 2012. The fall semester of 2012 saw an increase in programs and services for the Center, and November and December were even busier than usual at this time of year. We awarded the 6th annual James H. Korn Award for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, co-sponsored the University of Missouri-St. Louis's annual Focus on Teaching & Technology Conference, and saw continued growth in our Certificate programs.
September-October, 2012. September and October were as busy as ever. We kicked off the semester with the usual - teaching consultations, SLU Global support, Tegrity demonstrations, and Effective Teaching Seminars. But we also were invited to conduct several departmental workshops and to participate in a variety of conversations at the department, program, and college level. We continued to conduct SGIFs; brought internationally recognized speaker Neil Fleming to host two interactive workshops; and sent four of our staff members to present at the annual conference of the Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network in Higher Education. (POD is the premier professional organization in the for U.S. teaching center personnel.) Additionally, we continued our strategic planning efforts. (Note: our strategic plan draft should be ready for review by the Board and CTTL staff in November.)
July-August, 2012. As usual, July and August were busy for the Center. In July, we officially kicked off the new year with a new name, a new website, and a fully-staffed center: Katie Beres joined the Center in June, and Erin Solomon and Dipti Subramaniam, our 2 new GAs, joined us in July. Additionally, we continued refining our strategic plan for the next three years, held a second session of our new and very popular Online Teaching and Learning Institute, offered workshops for both New Faculty Orientation and Graduate Assistant Orientation, and helped numerous faculty and graduate students prepare their fall courses in Blackboard.
January-February, 2012. The beginning of the spring semester is always a busy time for the Center, and this year was no exception. We welcomed a new staff member, attended several conferences, and juggled the multitude of requests that accompany beginning a new semester, such as presenting at the Mid-Year New Faculty Orientation and supporting SLU Global.
November-December, 2011. November and December were, as usual, busy months in the Center. In addition to the usual SLU Global support and assistance with end-of-term matters, CTE staff worked with a number of faculty to prepare for the spring semester. Focus on our yearly theme - Writing to Learn - continued with facilitated conversations on Academic Honesty and Student Writing and with Effective Teaching Seminars on Creating Writing Assignments and on Using Rubrics for Classroom Assessment. We also held our winter Certificate Ceremony, hosted a visit from Dr. Michele DiPietro, co-author of How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Princi-ples for Smart Teaching
September-October 2011. September and October may well have been the busiest on record in the Center. With the addition of new staff, we have been able to meet even more demand for services than usual. We kicked off the semester in our usual busy fashion - teaching consultations, SLU Global support, Effective Teaching Seminars. But we also were invited to conduct several departmental workshops and to participate in a variety of conversations at the department, program, and college level. All of this is evidence that the Center is poised to contribute to the efforts of enhance teaching and learning across the University in new, potentially even more powerful ways. We increased our SGIFs (see below); brought internationally recognized speaker, Dr. Tony Silva (Purdue) to share insights about working with multilingual writers, a timely topic, given SLU's record enrollment of international students; and revived an old CTE tradition-the faculty book group (discussing the widely-mentioned Academically Adrift).
July-August, 2011. July and August were busier than usual in the CTE. We worked with faculty members from both campuses to prepare for the fall term, held workshops during New Faculty Orientation, co-sponsored and organized Graduate Assistant Orientation, and collaborated with ITS to introduce SLU faculty to Tegrity, a full lecture capture tool. Also, for the first time ever, we offered summer programs for our Certificate in University Teaching Skills, and we opened registration for our new International Educators Institute. Finally, we've increased our online presence on Twitter traffic many times over compared to last summer.