Information Update - Fall 2005

New Director for Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence

The University of Scranton community welcomes Andre Oberlé, Ph.D. to our campus. Dr. Oberlé received his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Toronto, and he received his doctorate from Queen's University in Toronto. Dr. Oberlé has served at the University of Winnipeg since 1969, becoming an associate professor in 1982. At Winnipeg Dr. Oberlé served as Chair, Department of Germanic Studies, Consultant for Learning Technologies, Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences, and Director, Centre for Innovation in Teaching and Learning.
 
Effective August 15, 2005, Dr. Oberlé will become the Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence (CTLE) at the University of Scranton. Dr. Oberlé brings to this position a solid record of more than two decades of sustained work in teaching development in higher education. Dr. Oberlé founded the Centre for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL) at the University of Winnipeg and served as its Director for the past six years. Dr. Oberlé's mandate for CITL included implementing and maintaining a comprehensive teaching development strategy, including learning technologies, promoting excellence in teaching and learning, giving workshops on various teaching/learning related issues, and providing a forum for discussion of pedagogical issues.
 
Dr. Oberlé's areas of interest for study and presentation include learning and teaching e-portfolios, student assessment, active and interactive learning, learning outcomes, and course design. His interests in learning technologies include interactive online learning, creating effective online environments, creating interactive learning materials, and enhancing teaching with multimedia support.
Directing the CTLE appealed to Dr. Oberlé because he considers the addition of students to a teaching and learning center a "closing of the pedagogical circle." Dr. Oberlé looks forward to the challenges of his new position and sharing his experience with a new University community.

Aileen McHale

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