A new Office of Teaching, Learning, and Technology is currently being organized and will be ready by the fall semester to meet the teaching, learning, and technology needs of faculty, instructors, and teaching assistants on the University of Iowa campus.
Under the executive sponsorship of Chief Information Officer Steve Fleagle and Associate Provost Beth Ingram, three separate instructional support units on campus— the Center for Teaching, ITS Instructional Services, and the Evaluation and Examination Service—will be consolidated into the new office. Leadership for the new organization will be provided by Maggie Jesse, a senior director in Information Technology Services.
This reorganization is part of a campus strategy to support, develop, and encourage faculty and TA professional teaching and learning strategies. The question, “What academic learning experience do you want your students to have?” will be at the heart of the new office’s efforts; that question spans pedagogy, faculty and TA professional development, facilities, and technology.
The new unit will work with faculty to support and improve the teaching and learning environments at the UI. To facilitate data-driven improvements, it will provide assessment support and other opportunities to evaluate efforts and initiatives.
A committee of faculty and staff will advise on the transition of the three units to ensure positive impact across the campus. More information and an opportunity to provide feedback about this merger can be found at: http://teach.its.uiowa.edu. Feedback will be used to continue to improve the services that support the instructional needs of the campus.