ERIC Number: ED405775
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Developing a Teaching Center on Campus.
Lenze, Lisa Firing
NEA Higher Education Research Center Update, v3 n2 March 1997
This report introduces the issues to be addressed in the establishment of a teaching center. The history of teaching centers in the United States dates to the early 1970's. Teaching centers were developed in response to student demands for relevant teaching and in response to the influx of non-traditional students. The most useful information to gather when developing a teaching center is the practical wisdom of administrators, faculty, and center directors at institutions that have such centers. Issues to be considered include mission statements, populations served, and evaluation. There are three common perspectives from which teaching centers operate: instructional development, organizational development, and faculty professional development. Organizational issues include staff and reporting structure. Budget issues include amount and sources of funding. The faculty composition is usually determined by the mission and by the population to be served. Evaluation mechanisms should be part of the initial planning and their implementation should be ongoing. Specific action items for establishing teaching centers include connecting with academic departments, addressing and involving the total faculty, devising a cohesive plan for formative and summative evaluation, using non-traditional activities, and planning for the needs of special groups. (JLS)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Evaluation, Educational Change, Educational Innovation, Faculty Development, Higher Education, Teacher Centers, Teacher Education, Teaching Methods
Office of Higher Education, National Education Association, 1201 Sixteenth St., N.W., Washington, DC 20036.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Education Association, Washington, DC. Office of Higher Education.