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Last modified: Thursday, November 18, 2010

Indiana University establishes Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning

Nov. 18, 2010

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University has created a Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning (CITL) by integrating teaching and learning resources. The CITL is a partnership between the IU Bloomington Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and University Information Technology Services to fully support teaching and learning on the Bloomington campus.

Greg Siering

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"Indiana University Bloomington values and supports outstanding teaching, and we are alert to changes in the tools and the techniques that promote successful teaching and learning," said Provost and Executive Vice President Karen Hanson. "The Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning will pull together a number of existing campus programs and develop new collaborative synergies, providing a resource that will enable faculty and graduate students to become more effective in their teaching."

The CITL will focus on helping faculty develop innovative curriculum to increase student learning and engagement, and will provide support while faculty evolve their courses and skills to keep pace with rapidly changing needs.

"From explorations of the effective use of iPads in an instructional setting, to the development of new learning environments that challenge traditional views of a classroom, the CITL is intended to be the cornerstone for innovation in teaching and learning at IU Bloomington," said Anastasia "Stacy" Morrone, associate dean for learning technologies in the Office of the Vice President for Information Technology.

The creation of the CITL brings together the staff and resources of Campus Instructional Consulting, the Teaching and Learning Technologies Centers, the Campus Writing Program, and the Office of Service-Learning.

"The CITL came out of ongoing efforts to place instructional innovation at the forefront, embodying the conviction that learning is most effective when different approaches and experiences are integrated with each other and act in concert," said Sonya Stephens, IU Bloomington vice provost for undergraduate education.

According to Gregory J. Siering, the CITL's recently appointed director, providing a single point of contact for faculty will eliminate confusion about which office to contact for assistance. "My goal is to make innovation the center of everything we do, whether that means helping a faculty member try something new or helping develop a previously untried, cutting-edge approach to teaching. Rather than innovation for its own sake, our everyday goal will be innovation that leads to meaningful learning," said Siering.

CITL will host a reception early in the spring semester, which will provide faculty an opportunity to meet the CITL staff and learn more about new and innovative programs and initiatives available through the CITL.