Creating and sustaining teaching and learning centers: US models of resources and support, lessons learned, and building a culture of teaching and learning excellence

Author/s Joellen E. Coryell
Publishing Year 2016 Issue 2016/1 Language English
Pages 13 P. 71-83 File size 51 KB
DOI 10.3280/EXI2016-001005
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This article represents an expanded discussion of a presentation on teaching and learning centers (TLCs) to an Italian national conference on the components of a research project entitled, Preparazione alla professionalità docente e innovazione didattica (PRODID). The article aims to highlight an overview of findings from the research and practice literature regarding TLCs across their history in the United States, including the common structures and roles of these centers. Finally, the author provides theoretical underpinnings from organizational learning and development that are recommended for practice in creating and sustaining effective TLCs including the importance of co-creating value for teaching and learning excellence, building an inclusive learning culture within institutions of higher education, and managing and sustaining organizational change. Suggestions for further research are also provided.

Keywords: Teaching and learning centers; faculty development; learning culture in higher education

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Joellen E. Coryell, Creating and sustaining teaching and learning centers: US models of resources and support, lessons learned, and building a culture of teaching and learning excellence in "EXCELLENCE AND INNOVATION IN LEARNING AND TEACHING" 1/2016, pp 71-83, DOI: 10.3280/EXI2016-001005