The Teaching Center
The Center for Excellence in Teaching (CET) was developed to assist faculty in their efforts to evaluate and improve teaching and learning at Siena. As such, it has focused on the assessment of student learning outcomes, teaching with technology in and out of the classroom, and promoting active and collaborative classroom teaching and learning strategies.
Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes
The CET has supported a number of assessment related projects while coordinating the five academic departmental program reviews that are conducted each year. In addition, the CET supports a number of standardized assessment instruments that are given at the departmental level and has made available a digitized version of the Siena Course Evaluation Form. It has also created and made widely available alternative course evaluation forms—including the Siena College Course Assessment Form and the Siena College Course Engagement Form.
Teaching with Technology
The CET acts as the academic administrator for the Blackboard Courseware System, the TurnItIn Plagiarism Prevention Service, and the electronic response systems (clickers) at Siena. As such, it provides training and support for faculty in these areas.
Active and Collaborative Teaching
The CET has sponsored/conducted workshops and presentations for faculty on many topics relating to active and collaborative learning in and out of the classroom. For the 2005-2006 academic year, some of the topics included grant writing, student class presentations, using cases in the classroom, effective collaborative learning, student class preparation, using studio classrooms, and peer review of writing. Please forward any suggestions for future workshops/presentations to email@example.com.
The Blackboard Online Faculty Resource Archive has over 120 articles on assessment and pedagogy. All faculty have access to this archive through their Blackboard account (If you have any questions please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or X6821). There are also dozens of books available for loan through the Center.