This working group addressed two important considerations for Colgate: the future of the Center for Learning, Teaching and Research
and the role of technology at Colgate. Our recommendations were informed by meetings with those at Colgate who currently support and monitor teaching, learning, and technology; a survey of current Colgate students; an evaluation of appropriate literature; and a review of emerging online educational models.
The recommendations made for the center are active and immediate, and reflect the need for spatial and leadership reorganization, an expansion of faculty development resources, a reframing of student learning resources, and the addition of learning assessment expertise.
Our recommendations made for technology place Colgate in a position to monitor the technology landscape, begin developing a critical educational response to new technology, establish a framework through which online curricular opportunities are evaluated, and experiment with online teaching where appropriate.
Original Charge to the Learning and Teaching Committee
The working group was charged by the Advisory and Planning Committee (APC) to consider the following questions:
- What technological innovations that promote teaching and learning are worth pursuing given our model of residential education?
- How can we bolster and coordinate the support structures in place for student learning, as well as support for faculty efforts at pedagogical innovation?
- How can faculty fruitfully learn from and share ideas with one another about experiences and practices of teaching?
- How can we mentor assistant and associate professors in teaching, even as they balance teaching, research, and service?