Center for Innovative Learning and Teaching (CILT)

Canvas Transition

TCUS is transition to the Canvas learning management system.  Read more about this transition and the faculty resources that are being provided.

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CILT Teaching Tips

October 22, 2018

Dear Colleagues, From the Chronicle of Higher Education is a 3-minute video – https://www.chronicle.com/article/3-Tips-for-the-Minutes-Before/244357 – entitled “Three Minutes Before Class.” Take a few minutes to watch this video and glean some excellent ideas for improving your teaching. Questions or comments? Jim O’Connor Ph.D. Director

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A Great Resource: Suggestions For Better Pedagogy

May 20, 2018

The University of Central Florida provides a fantastic resource for those interested in building blended courses called the Blended Learning Toolkit. This Blended Learning Toolkit is a free, open resource for educational institutions interested in developing or expanding their blended learning initiatives. The website includes: a blog where people share ideas, a detailed section focusing […]

Suggestions For Better Pedagogy

May 11, 2018

Provost Alden forwarded this timely article to me this morning, which I found to contain numerous evidence-based suggestions for improving pedagogy. https://www.chronicle.com/article/Traditional-Teaching-May/243339 As we move from BlackBoard to Canvas, rather than just transferring materials from one student learning platform to another, consider trying out some new practices, such as those included in this article. Questions […]

Blackboard Transition To Canvas

May 8, 2018

As has been communicated in previous announcements, TUC and TUN will begin to transition from Blackboard to Canvas as the TCUS Learning Management System (LMS).  Blackboard will still be available for instructors to access courses and necessary content information until June 30, 2019.  To help facilitate the transition to Canvas at TUC and TUN, a […]

Universal Design for Learning

April 30, 2018

A brief introduction and resources for understanding the Universal Design for Learning. According to the website Universal Design in Higher Education, http://udloncampus.cast.org/page/udl_about#.WueT98gh2V4, “Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a set of principles for curriculum development that give all individuals equal opportunities to learn. UDL provides a blueprint for creating instructional goals, methods, materials, and assessments that […]

Are You Using Innovative And Effective Teaching Strategies?

March 20, 2018

TUC and TUN Colleagues, Are you using innovative and effective teaching strategies in your teaching? If so, the Center for Innovative Learning and Teaching would like to share what you are doing with your colleagues across both Western Division campuses, as well as throughout the TCUS. If you feel you have something that you would […]

Thoughts on Student-Centered Learning

March 18, 2018

Some ideas to consider. Student-centered teaching is a philosophy of teaching originally shared by Dr. Carl Rogers in his book entitled Freedom to Learn (1969). Aspects of this philosophy were also put forth even earlier by other famous educators including John Dewey and Maria Montessori. You can see a brief Prezi presentation on Rogers’ ideas […]