Centre for Teaching and Learning

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Centre for Teaching and Learning

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Principles and Scope of Practice

The Centre for Teaching and learning is the academic service unit that promotes and supports quality teaching and builds teaching and educational leadership capacity in direct support of Queen’s students’ learning experiences. We support evidence-based, innovative and sustainable strategic program enhancement initiatives, and encourage and support emerging, grassroots investigations of novel approaches to teaching and learning.

Committed to implementing the four interconnected strategic drivers of Queen’s 2014-2019 strategic framework, we work with all Queen’s educators to enhance teaching and learning experiences by:

  • Promoting and profiling scholarly approaches to effective teaching and engagement in educational research;
  • Providing structures and support for the development of teaching, learning and scholarship;
  • Supporting Faculty, Departmental and individual initiatives that are pedagogically sound, intellectually challenging and inspiring to our students;
  • Supporting evidence-based integrations of technology in all learning environments;
  • Ensuring that campus learning spaces meet the emerging learning needs of students.

Under the broad mandate to support Queen's educators in the development of teaching and assessment strategies, we provide leadership and support in three key areas of focus:

  1. Learning Outcomes; Course/Curriculum Design and Review
  2. Learning Spaces and Educational Technologies
  3. Graduate Student and Post-Doctoral Teaching Development
  4. Educational Research

and are working to support emerging interests in:

  • Educational Leadership Development

We also offer a variety of online materials and resources including podcast and lecture capture capabilities. Our staff is recognized across campus, nationally and internationally for their expertise, creativity, humour, and literature-informed, pragmatic approach to dealing with teaching and learning challenges and their solutions.

In addition, academic staff members of the CTL actively participate in institution-wide, Faculty and Departmental committees to inform the strategic direction of teaching and learning at Queen’s.

CTL Philosophy

The Centre for Teaching and Learning is committed to engaging with all Queen’s educators in their ongoing development of evidence-based practice and increasingly sophisticated conceptions of teaching and learning in order to meet the strategic goals of the institution. Our principles of practice:

Our work is educational and educative:

Our mandate is education-related; we collaborate on the improvement of teaching for the express purpose of improving students’ learning; our work is educative in that all stakeholders learn and develop through the process of engagement.  

Our approach is developmental:

Our intention is to meet instructors where they are in terms of both conceptual and skill development and build on exhibited strengths. We work with rather than for instructors to help them achieve their goals for professional teaching development.

Our intention is to build both capacity and educational leadership

Our commitment is to provide expertise, support and resources to Faculties, Departments, Units and individual educators to create integrated and collaborative networks that are necessary for the ongoing development of teaching across campus.

In contacting the CTL for consultation or collaboration, Faculties, Departments, Units and individual instructors (including TAs, GTFs, and post-docs) can expect, as a standard of service:

  • to meet with an educational developer or associate for a consultation on any aspect of teaching, course or program development or review, curriculum, dossier development or educational research
  • to be provided with feedback, be supplied with or directed to resources, workshops, or like-minded colleagues and
  • to have a follow-up meeting to assess progress and plan next steps

Members of the CTL academic staff assume educational leadership positions as, guests, advisory members or chairs of institutional and Faculty committees including:

  • Senate Cyclical Program Review Committee
  • Teaching and Learning Spaces Committee
  • Communications, Training & Awareness Working Group
  • Faculty of Arts and Science Curriculum Committee
  • Faculty of Education Online Advisory Committee
  • Brightspace – D2L – Steering and Advisory Committee
  • Learning Commons Support Services Committee
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Why Support

At the Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL) we believe that teaching, and the development of teaching, is a scholarly activity and a professional responsibility of all academics. Our vision is to serve as agents for influencing good teaching practices across the university. Our primary goal is to enhance the quality of student learning and to support all who are engaged in a teaching role at Queen's University. To continue the quality of excellence of teaching and learning at Queen's University, the Centre of Teaching and Learning is dependent upon the generosity and support of Queen's alumni and friends.

The difference your gift will make:

A gift of support to these programs will ensure a quality learning experience for our students and will enhance teaching practices for our faculty. Your support of various projects and programs will encourage individuals to continue the use of innovative ideas, develop opportunities to increase student engagement, and allow more instructors to engage in educational development. Also a donation to this project will support the advancement of Queen's vision of achieving excellence and quality in higher learning through the enhancement of teaching and learning.

Benefits of Support:

By encouraging wide dissemination of excellent teaching across the university, a donation will contribute to the enhancement of student learning and the development of exceptional students. A donor will therefore gain the respect and loyalty of not only higher education administrators and professionals, but also of the students and their families that support their educational goals. Such loyalty and respect may ultimately translate into lifelong support of a donor's products or services.

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