Partners in Teaching

by Sarah Borich- Cedarville, OH

In support of Cedarville University’s strong commitment to excellence in teaching, the University’s Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) held its first-ever Faculty Teaching and Learning Conference for two weeks in May. More than 60 full-time and adjunct faculty members attended sessions on a wide variety of topics, from using WebCT to becoming a reflective practitioner.

“The Center represents a commitment to the excellence of the product offered at Cedarville,” remarked Center Director Don Humphreys. “It shows that the administration wants to create an environment where faculty can improve their practice in order to offer students the most effective learning situation possible.”

One of the highlights of the conference was the “coffee and doughnut time” each morning, when faculty members spent time talking and getting to know each other. Several faculty members are also working through pedagogy practice books together this summer to further their professional development.

The CTL is responsible for developing faculty professionals as reflective teachers and helping faculty integrate instructional technology in the classroom. It does so by providing instructional design support for enhanced classroom effectiveness and designing and building online hybrid courses for University students.

“Without a Center for Teaching and Learning, professors are on their own to work on teaching practice,” Humphreys, a 16-year veteran in the instructional design field, explained. “With the Center as a partner, each professor at Cedarville has a support mechanism to help enhance the effectiveness of his or her teaching.”

Humphreys is encouraged by the “great hunger” he sees in the University for discussion and sharing about the practice of teaching. He says he looks forward to more opportunities to foster reflective teaching at Cedarville through the CTL.