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What is the Center for Teaching & Learning?

December 1, 2010

York Technical College has a Center for Teaching & Learning (so add CTL to your book of acronyms). Very simply stated, the Center for Teaching & Learning is a combination of student and faculty services that support successful teaching and learning.  To this end, the following college services are now combined to form CTL.

  • Instructional Design
  • Library Services
  • Education Technology
  • Distance Learning
  • Cooperative Work Experience
  • Developmental Studies
  • Coaching & Tutoring
  • Assessment Center

This past summer, the leadership of these service areas collaborated to define four areas of strategic focus. This exercise helped us to identify common goals and envision the CTL as a collaborative working unit.

Leadership: The Center for Teaching & Learning recognizes that leadership is about people and collaborative efforts. With this focus, CTL will seek to influence college culture by enlisting the aid and support of others in the accomplishment of student success. CTL will promote evidence-based decision-making, reflection in teaching and learning, the investigation of new practices, the application of proven practices, and the connections between students and the institution. CTL will seek to look beyond experience in preparation for the future.

Scholarship of Teaching & Learning: Teaching and Learning as scholarship is viewed not as teaching activity and learning activity, but as investigation. In support of this, CTL will provide a wide range of services in assessment, training, coaching, technology support, instructional design, and information literacy support, along with resources to promote teaching and learning within a community of student and faculty scholars.

Community of Practice: Student success is the focus of York Technical College. The Center for Teaching & Learning will provide resources, services, and programs which support students, faculty, and departments in the development and sharing of promising practices. Sharing experiences, ideas, and information leads to personal and professional development. Communities of practice provide a venue for faculty, staff, and students to interact and collaborate within their areas of interest and expertise.  CTL will organize, coordinate, and contribute to these communities of practice.

Information Literacy: Information Literacy is a goal we pursue. It encompasses our efforts in analysis, reflection, critical thinking, and investigation. As stated by the ALA Presidential Committee on Information Literacy, “To be information literate, a person must be able to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information” (1989). CTL will create a Center for Teaching & Learning which unites services focused on these areas which lead to information literacy.

This newsletter features information about services and success stories. We hope you’ll read through it to find out more about teaching and learning at YTC.

We look forward to working with you on the road to teaching & learning success!

Kathy Hoellen, Dean
Center for Teaching & Learning

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