BRANDON, MB – Not only students are returning to class at Brandon University (BU). A newly created Centre for Teaching, Learning, and Technology (CTLT) will provide opportunities for University professors to develop into better teachers.
“As faculty members, we are highly skilled in our disciplines – content experts, so to speak,” says Dr. Cam Symons, an associate professor in the Department of Education who joined BU in 2000. “The CTLT gives us new resources to develop our teaching and address the evolving needs of students.”
Dean of Health Studies, Dr. Dean Care, says, “We know that enhancing student engagement leads to stronger connections between the student, their campus, and their community. This ultimately leads to improved learning and student retention.” Dr. Care adds, “The CTLT provides resources to help professors become better, which adds to the students’ education experience.”
Diane Novak, a career educator who has developed learning programming in Canada, the US and Africa, has been hired as CTLT Director. Novak will plan regular faculty development activities; establish a website with links to online teaching resources; recruit teaching, research, and graduate student affiliates who will serve to support the Centre; establish a faculty mentorship initiative; and be a resource to faculty. Novak will also participate in drafting a Teaching and Learning Plan for BU.
“Our faculty members are committed to excellence in teaching and learning,” says BU President and Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Gervan Fearon. “The CTLT supports their efforts and provides an opportunity for us all to revisit our teaching to further meet student needs and to support faculty teaching success. The CTLT will lead in the further development of teaching and learning, student-centred approach to our teaching.”
Brandon University, founded in 1899, promotes excellence in teaching, research, and scholarship; educating students so that they can make a meaningful difference as engaged citizens and leaders.
For more information, please contact:
Dr. Dean Care
Dean of Health Studies