Information Update - Spring 2011

Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence

The Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence (CTLE) had a very busy fall semester. We provided services to 160 students with disabilities, proctored 500 tests and exams, and accommodated 1087 requests for peer tutoring. Two graduate assistants and a student intern worked with students in the Academic Development Program (ADP) and with other students having problems with study skills and time management.
 
Special workshops were also provided for students with disabilities. The writing center saw an 18 percent increase in the number of consultations given. We made a concerted effort to advertise our services within The University of Scranton community and automated many processes to make it easier for students to use our services.
 
In addition to these activities, we presented a number of workshops on teaching effectiveness and on ANGEL, our course management system. Our visiting scholar during the fall semester was Dr. Linda Nilson of Clemson University who worked with first-year faculty members and presented a workshop for the faculty and staff in which participants explored how we could modify the way we taught and approached learning in order to help our students to become self-directed learners. 
 
Our collaboration with the library staff continues. Together, we presented several workshops on Google services during the fall semester. This series of workshops began in the fall 2009. We plan to continue presenting workshops on various topics pertaining to using technology in an educational setting during the coming session. Technology on Your Own Terms schedule is set for spring 2011. Check the WML Blog or Royal News for more information. Collaborative work extends to presentations to new faculty members. Recently, the CTLE and Weinberg Memorial Library (WML) have held an instructional technology session for full-time and part-time faculty members new to our campus. 
 
After the internal committee reviewing the Writing Center concluded its work and submitted a final report, the external reviewer, Dr. Ann Green of Saint Joseph's University visited our campus in September. A final report from the external reviewer was just received. There will be a good amount of work ahead to implement some of the suggestions in the report. 
 
We have continued to enhance our website and improve its navigation. The design, in compliance with the CMS adopted by the University, makes it attractive and efficient for users to explore the services we offer. Video archive of CTLE events can be found by using the Faculty Advancement Series link on the CTLE website (www.scranton.edu/ctle). The website has the latest student awards (Frank O'Hara and Rose Kelly) that were announced in the fall semester and for which the CTLE devoted countless hours to make the ceremonies a success. 
 
Electronic signage in the CTLE has been enhanced, so that we can inform visitors of our services, give them direction, and present facts about effective learning. The collaborative work between the CTLE and WML extends into the area of digital signage as information is exchanged automatically between the two units. In addition, we have a spot for the Writing Center on the DeNaples Center's Alumni iTower and plan to continue having an information table for the Writing Center periodically in the DeNaples Center at lunch time. 
 
On behalf of the CTLE staff, I would like to express our gratitude and thanks to Dr. André Oberlé, the retired director of the center. He was a mentor and a role model to the CTLE staff, and will be missed dearly. 
 
Dr. Oberlé nurtured the CTLE to a position of strength in its core practices with faculty and students. During his tenure, Dr. Oberlé contributed significantly to the development of programs and initiatives that promoted current pedagogical, teaching and learning practices. 
 
Together with the CTLE faculty liaisons, Dr. Oberlé was instrumental in the reimagining of the First-Year Faculty Mentorship Program. As a result of his contributions, the program is successful and growing. Dr. Oberlé's support of part-time faculty resulted in the implementation of the annual Part-time Faculty Award. 
 
Under Dr. Oberlé's leadership, the CTLE student programs increased every year in the areas of tutoring, reading and writing. With his assistance, the transition of the Students with Disabilities services to the CTLE was smooth and became a sound and rigorous operation. 
 
Dr. Oberlé's ideas for the CTLE services were congruent with the center's mission, and also with the minutiae of daily tasks that promote and accomplish it. His management style encouraged cooperation, collaboration and teamwork. As a skilled communicator, Dr. Oberlé was able to work with different campus constituencies in an amicable and collegial manner, and promote CTLE services effectively to parents and visitors.  
 
A search committee, chaired by Dean Charles Kratz, is hard at work this semester to find a new director for the center. During the search, I will serve as acting director of the CTLE. For assistance on all CTLE matters, please contact me at extension 5519.
Thank you.
Eugeniu Grigorescu,
CTLE Acting Director