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Programs and Groups

Course Design & Transformation Institutes

These intensive, hands-on, practical institutes are designed provide the tools, time, and collegial support needed to design or transform a course. Working within a backwards design framework, participants explore ideas from research and other sources, design instructional activities that lead to desired learning outcomes, and develop strategies for assessing teaching and learning in their classrooms. Our institutes have also served as working retreats for entire programs or academic departments, giving participants the opportunity to reflect on and implement large-scale curricular or educational changes. Typically, CTL institutes are offered during the winter or summer breaks. They consist of about 15 to 20 hours of face-to-face group sessions that take place during several consecutive days over one or two weeks. For more information about upcoming offerings or to request an institute for your department or program, contact the CTL (614-823-1035 | ctl@otterbein.edu). 

Professional Learning Communities

Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) are inquiry groups (or "communities of practice") of 5-12 faculty and professional staff members who meet bi-monthly to learn about a topic of shared interest related to teaching and learning in a collegial and supportive context. In addition to an annual cohort learning community for new faculty members, past PLC topics have included teaching writing, undergraduate research, the first-generation college student experience, issues of diversity in teaching and learning, and the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Reading Groups

The CTL sponsors one or more book reading and discussion groups each year. The first participants to register receive a complimentary copy of the book. Group members commit to attending and actively participating in at least three of four one-hour discussion during the semester. To register a reading group or to suggest another title, contact the CTL (ctl@otterbein.edu; ext 1035).

Comprehensive orientation and long-term mentoring

The CTL has been charged by the Office of Academic Affairs to provide comprehensive orientation and long-term mentoring for new full-time faculty members.

  • Group Mentoring Program
    A group mentoring program provides an extended orientation and helps connect new faculty with more senior colleagues. All new full-time faculty members meet during the year with more senior colleagues to learn about expectations for teaching, scholarship, and service at Otterbein among other things. During spring quarter, individuals request (from the panelists) a mentor to work with during through interim tenure review the following year.
  • Individual Consultations
    The CTL director is available for individual consultations with new faculty members from the point of their hire. Consultations can involve developing course syllabi, designing classes, or soliciting anonymous midterm feedback from their students.

    To schedule a consultation, contact Kathryn Plank,  Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, 614-823-1034

  • New Faculty Professional Learning Community

    Full-time faculty members in their first three years at Otterbein are strongly encouraged to apply to participate in this special professional opportunity, designed to deepen and develop each participant as an educator. Learning community participants meet off campus for two hours once or twice a month (usually every other Friday late afternoon except for group mentoring days) throughout the academic year to discuss their teaching experiences and their observations about student learning in their courses; to learn more about the college and its culture; and to discuss books chosen by participants and provided by the CTL; as well as to develop collegial relationships and a support network in an informal context.

  • Orientation

    An annual orientation for new faculty members is held each year two weeks before the beginning of classes. Orientation provides newcomers with a basic introduction to Otterbein students, culture, and expectations as well as an opportunity to meet others in the cohort, key administrators and professional staff members, and a small panel of junior faculty members. Orientation also includes introductions and initial training in classroom technologies, Blackboard, and the library.

/Center for Teaching and Learning

The CTL is located on the 3rd floor of Courtright Memorial Library
p/ 614.823.1035
f/ 614.823.1921
e/ ctl@otterbein.edu


The CTL Studio
Courtright Memorial Library, 3rd Floor
Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.,
or by appointment
p/ 614.823.1064
e/ ctl@otterbein.edu


CTL Staff
Kathryn Plank
p/ 614.823.1034
e/ kplank@otterbein.edu


Colin Saunders
Senior Learning Designer
p/ 614.823.1875
e/ csaunders@otterbein.edu


Peggy McMains
Program Coordinator
p/ 614.823.1035
e/ pmcmains@otterbein.edu


German Vargas Ramos
Learning Design Consultant
p/ 614.823.1065
e/ gvargasramos@otterbein.edu

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