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Two New Teaching and Learning Facilities Open

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Ribbon-Cutting Ceremonies December 18

Digital Interactive Whiteboard
CoLA's interactive white board

President Samuel L. Stanley, Jr., M.D., will be on hand to officially open two new teaching and learning facilities operated by the Department of Teaching, Learning and Technology (TLT) in the Melville Library on Friday, December 18. Beginning at 3:00 pm, Dr. Stanley and invited guests will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony in the upper level of the library’s North Reading Room to open the Collaborative Learning Area (CoLA). The group will move to the ground floor of the library (Room S-1461), at approximately 3:30 pm to celebrate the opening of the Faculty Center.

The CoLA is an informal learning space designed for group study and collaboration. It was built this summer in cooperation between TLT and the University Libraries. The facility is equipped with state-of-the-art technology including an interactive white board, a whiteboard with a copy camera, eight study booths each containing a dual-boot computer, several round tables with power for laptop connections, and several free-standing whiteboards. SB students are required to reserve group study spaces in advance through the TLT Help Desk (632-9602) or at the consultant station in the SB Union SINC Site, Main Library SINC Site, or North Reading Room in the library.

FacCenter1The newly renovated Faculty Center, which overlooks the academic mall from its ground-floor location in the Melville Library, is a holistic support system for SB instructors who are interested in improving the quality of their teaching, assessing student learning, and further developing their own careers. The Faculty Center’s full-time professional staff is dedicated to assisting instructors in such areas as best practices in teaching and learning, assessing course quality and developing strategies for improvement, classroom technology, academic software, course delivery, online video conferencing, multimedia development, and much more. The Center offers both individual consultations and group workshops for faculty and teaching assistants interested in pedagogy, assessment, curriculum, instructional design, and use of technology.

Faculty enrichment and development is a core component of the Center’s mission. To this end, the Center is committed to fostering collaborative, interdisciplinary learning communities where faculty can come together to learn about a topic of mutual interest.

“It is important, as we move toward the more collaborative models of student learning that are demanded by employers, that we support our faculty through this transition and provide the facilities that empower students to work together in teams,” said Graham Glynn, Assistant Provost and Executive Director of TLT.

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