Information Update - Spring 2004

CTLE Offers A Variety of Programs and Services

The University of Scranton opened the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence (CTLE) on August 25, 2003. The mission of the Center is to encourage and support a strong culture of scholarship, teaching and learning for the university community. The CTLE is a comprehensive resource center that offers a variety of programs and services for faculty and students designed to enrich learning. The Center provides services to traditional and nontraditional students in the areas of reading, writing and peer tutoring. In addition, the CTLE instructional technology staff offers workshops on Blackboard and PowerPoint to students on an individual and group basis. The Center also works closely with the Office of Equity and Diversity to provide accommodations to students with disabilities such as extended test taking time and the use of computers for examinations.

During the fall 2003 semester more than 100 peer tutors provided individual and small group tutoring to approximately 800 students in a variety of academic courses. In the spring 2004 the CTLE will expand its peer tutoring program to offer open tutorial labs for several academic departments. The CTLE Writing Center provided more than 500 one-on-one consultations to undergraduate and graduate students during the fall semester. The writing center consultants assist students in improving their writing style and skills. Writing center consultants encourage a collaborative atmosphere for students to promote critical thinking skills and gain knowledge of rhetorical strategies to improve their writing skills. The Reading Center staff work with students to enhance their reading comprehension skills. In the spring the Reading Center in conjunction with the University’s Education Department will implement a more expanded peer tutoring reading program so that more students can be served.

The Office of the Provost and the CTLE initiated the “2003-04 Faculty Advancement Series.” The luncheon series for full-time faculty hosts a guest speaker, who presents new information on pedagogical techniques that will enhance student learning. In addition, to the Faculty Advancement series the CTLE staff also sponsors a variety of faculty workshops on effective use of instructional technology in the classroom. Open instructional technology lab sessions are available for faculty throughout the semester to engage in one-on-one consultation related to instructional technology. Over the next several years there will be more offerings for full-time and part-time faculty directed toward the advancement of the scholarship of teaching and learning.
The CTLE hosted several recognition dinners during the fall semester including one for part-time faculty. This dinner was attended by more than 35 part-time faculty. The part-time faculty had an opportunity to network with each other and to learn more about the CTLE resources.
During the spring 2004 semester, the CTLE plans to expand services and programs for both faculty and students. The CTLE website provides information on upcoming programs as well as resources for faculty and students.

For more information about the CTLE visit our Web site at scranton.edu/academics/ctle/ or call 941-4040.

Debra Busacco, Ph.D.

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