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The new Teaching and Learning Centre represents a new name, a new direction and a new approach to work for staffers of the former Learning and Instructional Development Centre.

New centre explores teaching and learning

November 4, 2010

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Who are today’s university students and how can we enhance their learning experience?

This is just one of several themes that the new Teaching and Learning Centre (TLC) will be exploring with faculty and instructors, beginning this month. Other themes include teaching large classes and teaching a diverse student body.

“We know that these topics are areas of interest,” says TLC interim director Stephanie Chu. “We’re hoping that instructors who attend these sessions can benefit from meeting other instructors and can also give us some insight into the issues they’re encountering so that together we can develop useful programming and resources for addressing them.”

Chu says the TLC represents a new name, a new direction and a new approach to work for staffers of the former Learning and Instructional Development Centre (LIDC).

“Our new mandate is to foster a more collaborative and positive community and culture around teaching and learning.”

TLC staff have already begun working with faculties and departments to determine how to best help them address issues related to teaching and learning.

The TLC’s ultimate goal, says Chu, is to offer better support for instructors so that they not only continue to excel in their teaching but also have a stronger network of teaching experts at SFU to draw from.

“There’s a lot of expertise within the university that we haven’t tapped into,” says Chu. “We want to build those connections and get those people sharing what they know with the rest of the community.”

A new SFU teaching and learning bulletin and institutional website will celebrate teaching excellence and offer stories, events and activities related to teaching and learning on campus. As well, the TLC will continue to provide the creative media services previously offered by LIDC. Visit www.sfu.ca/tlcentre for updates, a progress report and event registration.

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