CTLI Grand Opening Provides Faculty Resources and Space

More than 60 faculty and staff members joined the West Campus Center for Teaching/Learning Innovation (CTLI) team on Tuesday, October 3 and Wednesday, October 4, 2017, to celebrate the CTLI’s grand opening. During the events, participants explored the new space designed especially for faculty to foster creativity, innovation and collaboration to improve the teaching experience and, in turn, student learning.

In the space, CTLI representatives provide consultation services to help faculty with course content and materials for all instructional modalities; plan faculty professional development paths through courses and certifications; provide teaching tools to expand faculty members’ professional practice; and assist in integrating educational technology into the classroom.

The new center offers small collaboration spaces, a state-of-the art teaching studio, a large conference room with video conferencing abilities, a private space for DIY video creation and a faculty work area with 14 cubicles and space to meet with students.

The faculty work space is a hit with Mona Moorjani, adjunct professor, math, and Dana Thurmond, adjunct professor, humanities.

Mona explained that as an adjunct faculty member, she doesn’t have her own work space or office on campus. Therefore, the faculty work space is a welcome change. “This is like the Taj Mahal,” she exclaimed. “Its so luxurious, and I love coming to work here. Everyone is so friendly and nice.”

Dana agrees and appreciates having a home on campus to meet students. “Before I was meeting with students in the cafeteria or library, which is not conducive,” Dana explained. Now, at the CTLI, she can meet with students in a quiet, professional space with individual cubicles and a computer. There’s even a separate lobby for students, as they await an appointment with their professors.

For more information on CTLI services, click here or stop by the West Campus Center in Building 6, Room 327. The CTLI is open Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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