Mission and Goals

Mission Statement

The mission of the Center for Learning and Teaching is twofold: to support, promote, and enhance teaching, learning, and research; and to foster innovation.

To achieve this mission, CLT provides programs, services, and information to Old Dominion University faculty, instructors, adjuncts, and teaching assistants for 

  1. Support of University strategic planning and academic initiatives
  2. Promotion of scholarship in teaching by engaging faculty in self-reflection, analysis, and the sharing of successful teaching practices with their peers across the disciplines
  3. Research, evaluation, demonstration, and integration of appropriate learning tools and techniques
  4. Dissemination of best practices in teaching and learning
  5. Promotion of innovative instructional technologies
  6. Support of curriculum and course development and production
  7. Expansion of inter-departmental research activities
  8. Development and implementation of best practices and procedures within CLT.

The Center for Learning and Teaching is focusing on the following goals:

  1. Assist the University with the implementation of strategic initiatives, including the research, planning and/or rollout of:
    • Teaching and learning enhancement initiatives
  2. Continue production and maintenance of online degree programs and courses
  3. Provide a comprehensive and coherent faculty development program, to include:
    • Brown bag discussion sessions
    • Classroom observations
    • Faculty Innovator Grant program
    • Framework to evaluate CLT’s faculty development activities
    • Greater visibility of available resources and services
    • Individual teaching consultations
    • Orientations to appropriate technologies and common practices for new faculty, instructors, adjuncts, and teaching assistants
    • Faculty Summer Institute on Teaching and Learning
    • Needs Assessment Survey
    • Workshops by Old Dominion University faculty
  4. Promote scholarship in teaching throughout the campus community via provision of or participation in:
    • Collegial dialogue and communication
    • Sharing of successful teaching practices with peers across disciplines
    • Faculty Innovator Grant program
    • Faculty Summer Institute on Teaching and Learning, Provost's Conversations on Teaching and Learning, and Connect with Colleagues discussions
    • Faculty Development Program: teachODU, Integrating Technology into Teaching
    • Orientations for faculty, administrators, and teaching assistants
    • Committees related to faculty, teaching, and technology issues
  5. Share research, evaluation, demonstration, and integration of appropriate learning tools and techniques through consultation on teaching, to include:
    • Review and analysis of course materials including syllabi, learning activities, evaluation and assessment methods, and the application of quality assurance
    • Review and analysis of class and lecture organization
    • Strategies and tools for motivation and engagement
    • Strategies and tools for mid-semester and end-of-semester course evaluation
    • Methods for providing and receiving student feedback
  6. Share, research, evaluate, demonstrate, and integrate appropriate technologies
  7. Disseminate best practices in teaching and learning by:
    • Supporting faculty members to gather and analyze data about their effective teaching practices, using questionnaires, surveys, and fast feedback
    • Supporting faculty members to engage students in practices that may improve effectiveness and efficiency in learning, including:
      • Study tips
      • Time management
      • Library usage
      • Computer literacy
      • Information literacy
  8. Promote effective use of innovative instructional technologies to enhance teaching and learning through:
    • Research and dissemination of information regarding best practices in technology and learning
    • Identification of appropriate learning tools, strategies, and technologies
    • Development and production of faculty support materials
    • Provision of workshops, seminars, and demonstrations for a variety of applications and environments
  9. Support curriculum and course development and production through:
    • Development or conversion of course materials for a variety of delivery modes and formats
    • Increased efficiency in the production of course materials during course development
    • Development of tools and documentation of methods which will allow faculty members to become more self-sufficient in their own course development and production of their own content
  10. Promote faculty innovation and discovery:
    • Support faculty innovators in the research and development of their innovations
    • Provide limited assistance with the development of prototypes
    • Provide limited assistance with grant activities in other departments
  11. Develop and implement best practices and procedures within CLT:
    • Implement project management practices
    • Implement a new communications plan
    • Strengthen public relations to publicize activities and services
    • Position CLT identity as a service organization for all faculty and communicate its message