Sharepoint Site Created to Support Remote Teaching at Drexel University
The Remote Teaching Task Force has consolidated a robust list of resources, trainings, and opportunities for instructors teaching remotely at Drexel University. Check out the Remote Teaching at Drexel Sharepoint site for one-stop shopping of information and support!
Highlights from the TLC's First Year
To find out more about the Teaching and Learning Center's first year of programs at Drexel University, learn how many faculty participated, and hear what some of them are saying check out the 2019-2020 Year at a Glance!
TLC's Director Contributes to new Course Baseline Practices
Faculty are used to hearing about best practices in teaching, but what practices should be expected for all courses? What practices could help Drexel courses quickly adapt to new modalities and support students' success regardless of whether it runs on-campus, in the community, or online? After the quick pivot to remote teaching in the Spring of 2020, the Provost's Office created a task force to explore this exact question. The following recommendations for baseline practices draw from Drexel student survey data regarding their experiences in remotely taught courses, and nationally recognized, faculty-driven peer-reviewed standards used to ensure the quality of online, remote, and blended courses. Implementing baseline practices in all courses at Drexel University helps us to develop more resilient and adaptable pedagogies and learning experiences for the long-term.
Check out the Drexel University Course Baseline Practices.
Teaching and Learning Center Launches new Teaching Tips Blog
Teaching Tips from the TLC includes brief, practical, research-based strategies for improving students’ learning. Topics range from improving engagement in remote classes to managing highly charged classroom discussions to engaging in faculty self care. Teaching Tips from the TLC can be found on Drexel University's SharePoint site, but make sure to check back often to as new tips are added every few weeks!
Drexel Teaching Academy Launches
The Teaching and Learning Center is thrilled to announce the first annual Drexel Teaching Academy (DTA) will be held in the 2020 Spring Term!
The Drexel Teaching Academy ignites faculty leaders to be champions for excellence in teaching across the university. In this 10-week program, faculty from across the university explore a wide-range of literature and research on teaching in higher education. Through weekly interactive workshops, faculty enhance their knowledge of how people learn, expand and diversify their toolbox of teaching methods, and explore models for designing effective courses. Alongside other outstanding educators at Drexel, faculty within the program will consider how to apply this literature to the development of their own courses, as well as advance these best practices at Drexel University. This signature program develops pedagogical experts throughout Drexel University's various schools and colleges and fosters an interdisciplinary community among faculty who already hold this expertise.
Drexel Teaching Academy 2020 Cohort
Check out what some DTA faculty said about their experience.
3-Year Strategic Plan Developed for the new Teaching and Learning Center
The Teaching and Learning Center's 3-Year Strategic Plan is the product of planning by the envisioning committee that took place between 2017-2019 prior to the Inaugural Director’s hire, as well as work completed by the Inaugural Director and newly established Teaching and Learning Center Advisory Board in the fall of 2019. During this process, input was also collected from a wide variety of stakeholders. The result is a plan that is both aspirational and grounded. It includes strategic goals, practical actions, and metrics to measure progress.
Teaching and Learning Center Begins Programs for Drexel Instructors
Learn more about the launch of Drexel University's Teaching and Learning Center programs in this Drexel Now article where Inaugural Director, Johanna Inman and Senior Vice Provost Erin McNamara Horvat discuss their vision for the center.
Johanna Inman Named Director of Drexel's New Teaching and Learning Center
Inman served as Director of Instructional Technology, and previously as Assistant Director, for Temple University’s Center for the Advancement of Teaching. Inman brings significant experience in several areas critical to launching a new teaching and learning center, including creating and facilitating a wide range of events and programs, mentoring faculty from disciplines and ranks across Temple’s seventeen schools and colleges, and coordinating and managing a 6-credit Teaching in Higher Education Certificate. Inman is also an active member of the Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network and has presented extensively at both regional and national conferences on teaching in higher education.
In addition to her work in educational development, Inman brings over 18 years of teaching experience. She has taught a variety of courses including survey, studio, and capstone courses in the visual arts, as well as writing-intensive courses, first-year seminars and general education courses. For the last six years, she has taught an online graduate seminar on innovation, technology and teaching in higher education for the College of Education at Temple University. Johanna earned her M.F.A., summa cum laude, from Tyler School of Art, is the recipient of numerous artist grants and awards, including a New Jersey Council on the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship Award in 2015 and is on track to earn her doctoral degree in Higher Education early in 2020.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to lead such an important initiative at Drexel University,” says Inman. “I am passionate about teaching and look forward to continuing momentum for this center through collaborations with faculty, graduate students, and administrators. Together, we will create a dynamic center where interdisciplinary colleagues can engage with research on teaching to improve learning for all Drexel students. The center will be designed to empower and ignite the great teachers at Drexel to become even better.”
As inaugural director, Inman will complete the strategic envisioning process for the center which began in 2017. Her first steps will include completing a comprehensive needs assessment, proposing a staffing plan for the center, developing a range of programming for faculty and teaching assistants, establishing a faculty advisory board, and forging partnerships with institutional stakeholders.
Teaching and Learning Center Mission
To inspire and promote excellence in teaching throughout Drexel University’s diverse learning environments.
Teaching and Learning Center Vision
An institutional culture of teaching excellence where effective pedagogies are supported, recognized, and rewarded.
Teaching and Learning Center Envisioning Committee Members