By Victor Liu, Dean of Learning Resources and Chair of Strategic Priority Three

In Winter semester 2016, with the assistance of Institutional Research, the joint faculty-and-staff surveyresultsteam responsible for Strategic Priority Three—“Increasing Institutional Agility and Responsiveness to External Needs, Forces & Trends”—conducted an online survey on the faculty needs for a Center for Teaching and Learning. Of the 160 FT faculty surveyed, 33% responded; and of the 666 PT faculty surveyed, 13% responded. Below are a few findings from the survey:

  • Over 80% of the survey respondents would find a Center for Teaching and Learning e-portal useful as:  a searchable database of WCC faculty’s instructional innovations; as a centralized site of WCC funding options for instructional innovations; as an online resource site aggregating news and best practices in instructional innovations; and as a site providing faculty professional development opportunities.
  • A Center for Teaching and Learning could facilitate face-to-face faculty professional sharing opportunities on topics such as:
  • Teaching strategies and techniques
  • Active learning
  • Collaborative learning
  • Student engagement and retention
  • Critical thinking across the curriculum
  • Use of instructional technology
  • Use of open education resources

View full survey and results here: Instructional Innovation-Center for Teaching Learning faculty survey.