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How can CETL help you deepen your teaching and scholarship experience at CSULA?

The Center for Effective Teaching and Learning (CETL) is undergoing a significant change beginning this academic year.

CETL is completely rethinking the way it offers faculty development to our community. Although professional development has tended to be perceived as an individual activity, there are newer, collaborative models of innovative teaching that are now considered best practices nationally. CETL will promote and enhance faculty professional development by fostering research-based teaching as this practice affects faculty satisfaction and student learning. CETL intends to provide training on issues critical to effective teaching and learning, including teaching practice, technology, and professional development. CETL will also facilitate opportunities for partnerships within and across disciplines using a faculty learning community model (FLC), another national best practice.

CETL support to faculty will be offered a number of ways - through various topic-specific workshops, discussion groups, and webinars; through support of technology initiatives, including Moodle LMS and eportfolios; in support of specific discipline-specific pedagogies; and in career development, including career management. CETL intends to offer something to faculty at various stages of their careers, including support for department chairs, senior faculty, new faculty, as well as the academic support units that notably impact curriculum.

Faculty development programs are also most effective when they have strong faculty ownership and involvement. With your help, we want to create a campus culture of excellence, recognition, and reward for teaching. We encourage and depend upon your talent, energy and expertise. We look forward to your ideas to make CETL work for you.

The CETL schedule of events for Fall quarter 2011 can be accessed at:

Please contact Acting Director Catherine Haras at for more information.

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Last Update: 10/20/2011