Vision

The Center for Teaching & Learning (CTL) serves as a nexus for teaching exploration and enrichment in order to maximize learning. Through collaboration, training, and experimentation with technologies and methods, the center promotes superior teaching and scholarship that enhance one another for the benefit of the academic community.

Mission

Our purpose is to provide teaching enrichment opportunities for faculty to improve student learning. We offer a wide scope of instructional development activities to enhance pedagogy.

Strategy

The CTL believes that equipping faculty to become excellent teachers will enhance student engagement and learning, which will increase student persistence and success. Equipping faculty for excellence involves tailoring programming to the needs of individual faculty and academic units. This starts with basic teaching skills and course design principles and progresses to specialized teaching methods, instructional innovation and qualities of a master teacher. Supporting faculty growth and innovation is accomplished through the work of CTL faculty directors, fellows, and peer contributors.

To expand the impact of our center, we:

  • Listen to the needs of our faculty through our Academic Advisory Council, programming evaluations, faculty feedback, and our annual teaching faculty needs survey.
  • Focus our resources on those needs our faculty and administrators identify
  • Tailor programming to pedagogies known to enhance student engagement and learning
  • Partner with others to increase the QEP theme footprint on campus

 

Overarching Objectives

The strategic plan includes three key themes to help set the direction for the CTL. These themes are aligned with the mission and vision, and serve as a basis for prioritizing activities and making decisions at the CTL.

  • Support and Sustain the QEP Theme
  • Respond to the Instructional Needs of Faculty
  • Encourage Innovative Teaching Practice with Sustained Value

 

Focus Areas

Establishing a Foundation for Faculty New to Teaching and/or UAB

  • New Teaching Faculty Orientation
  • Teaching Innovation Certificate
  • Effective Teaching Practice Certificate

Awareness and Understanding of Critical Teaching Issues

  • CTL Advisory Council Guidance
  • Annual Teaching Faculty Needs Survey
  • Post-event Evaluations
  • Visit Each School Annually

Discovering New Approaches to Enhancing Learning

  • Team Learning Methods Workshops
  • Collaborative Series (i.e., Teaching Technology for the Classroom partnership)
  • Presentations by Invited Specialists
  • CTL Teaching Fellows for peer mentoring

Instructional Innovation and Research

  • Teaching Innovation Research Funding Awards
  • Support of Faculty Educational Research Projects

 

Strategic Objectives

Support and Sustain the QEP Theme Respond to the Needs of Faculty Encourage Innovative Practice with Sustained Value
Faculty Workshops/Training for Team Learning
  • 2014-18: QEP team learning faculty development events each semester with at least 5 of 10 schools/college represented.
Faculty satisfaction with CTL

Individual event evaluations
  • 2014: Baseline satisfaction score of 4 on scale of 1-5.
  • 2015-2018: Achieve threshold of excellence (greater than 4 out of possible 5 overall).
Develop reputation of excellence beyond UAB
  • 2016: Create longitudinal student learning assessment application to assess teaching effectiveness and learning retention.
  • 2016-2018: Implement and collect data from courses, publish findings.
CTL QEP Teaching Awards
  • 2014-2018: Three or more proposals related to the “Learning in a Team Environment” QEP theme awarded each year.
Offer programming to address top needs reported by faculty on annual survey*
  • 2015: Create evaluation tool with faculty group and survey faculty.
  • 2016-2018: At least 2 of top 5 categories rated as achieved by annual survey (part of needs survey).
Influence/reputation beyond UAB
  • 2014: Creation of 5 video vignettes of difficult teaching situations for faculty training.
  • 2016-2018: Create 5 additional vignettes and make available via CTL website.
CTL New Teaching Faculty Orientation
  • 2014-2018: Fundamentals of teaching and course management prior to fall term.
Faculty attendance at CTL programming
  • 2015-2018: Attendance by faculty from 7 of 10 schools/college
Expand CTL Teaching Awards to include topics beyond QEP
  • 2015-2018: Three awards for non-QEP proposals
CTL-QEP Fellows
  • 2015-2018: A rotating cohort of faculty with diverse experience to assist peers with implementing team learning
Meet with schools
  • 2015-2018: Visit each school annually to receive faculty requests and inform of CTL resources.
 
  Online resources
  • 2015: Identify needed online resources with faculty group
  • 2016-2018: Implement one resource each year from annual survey.
 

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