Updates From Your CTL

From CTL Director Terri Klaus.

As we complete yet another Fall semester, we at the CTL have had a tremendous year of growth and inspiration under the direction of Dr. Sarah Twill. We have added new services, embarked on innovative projects, and expanded our CTL family of faculty users. We are sad to see her leave the CTL in order to pursue her sabbatical, but glad to say she is still a great influence on the Center through a limited consulting role.

The CTL is proud to announce these new developments:

  • Beginning Summer 2013, the CTL was fortunate to welcome Carolyn Stoermer, Instructor in English, to our staff as Teaching Innovation Coordinator. Her primary role is to support the NTE faculty, adjuncts, and graduate teaching assistants, but is available to assist all faculty. Carolyn offers consultation on teaching methodologies, approaches, and trending issues. She also conducts various workshops for the Center and provides midterm evaluations.
  • The mid-semester course observations and student feedback process has been redesigned to make feedback more relevant to faculty needs. If you would like to discuss how this process could assist you, or you would like to schedule a mid-semester check-in, please email Carolyn Stoermer, carolyn.stoermer@wright.edu.
  • Another addition to the CTL staff, beginning January 2014, is our new LMS Technologist, Cheryl Silcox. Cheryl will be absorbing a great deal of the troubleshooting calls regarding Pilot that typically come to the university instructional designers. This will free up the designers to work more on pedagogical projects and assisting faculty in designing/redesigning their courses.
  • The CTL is working in collaboration with Meg Wiltshire, Director of Distance Education and Multimedia Infrastructure Support, on the Provost-initiated project of developing new online programs to add to the WSU distance learning offerings. The first degree to the design table is the Master’s in Cyber Security (CECS). Also, in collaboration with Dean Sobolik, we are developing online components for each of the general education elements.
  • This summer, Multicultural Affairs and Civic Engagement (MACE) and the CTL collaborated to host two Teaching and Learning Circles (TLCs) to promote diversity in the classroom. One faculty group worked to infuse diversity into a selected course, while the other group designed scholarship of teaching and learning research projects to assess the impact of diversity education. Thanks to MACE and Dr. Kimberly Barrett for financially supporting faculty in these efforts.
  • With the addition of the new SCALE-UP classrooms on campus in Russ Engineering and more rooms planned for the new classroom building, the CTL is ready to serve faculty in redesigning their courses to use this methodology effectively. It should also be noted that any faculty member can incorporate a “flipped” teaching approach in a traditionally configured classroom. Just give one of the instructional designers a call to see how.
  • The Center for Teaching and Learning launched our new instructional design services website, “The Barnstormer” this Fall. The Barnstormer is designed as a content-rich, helpful resource for faculty using Pilot, WSU’s learning management system. You can find everything from “Tip of the Week” to a variety of articles such as, “Quick Emails to your Entire Class in Pilot”.

In addition to the changes in our office, the university hired over 70 faculty, instructors, and adjuncts. Their research and teaching interests range from chemical engineering to manufacturing management, and they come from as near as Dayton and as far away as Russia. Brief introductions of the new faculty are included in our newsletter.

We look forward to working with you.

Terri Klaus Interim Director, The Center for Teaching and Learning