The Teaching and Learning Center offers a range of programs to support effective teaching and learning, and to promote student success and retention. Check out the TLC Event Calendar to stay up-to-date with our upcoming offerings. For more information about our programs, explore the accordion below.
Online Faculty Development Program (OFD)
CAPC requires faculty members to participate in this Teaching and Learning Center training program before obtaining their CAPC Training Credential and teaching a distance education course.
Each faculty member at WCU is assigned an Instructional Designer, with whom the TLC offers individual consultation. To set up a consultation, reach out directly to your assigned Instructional Designer. Contact information for all TLC staff can be found on the About Us page of this website.
If you are not sure who your assigned Instructional Designer is, please email us at email@example.com to get connected with them!
The TLC offers both in-person and virtual drop-in hours during which faculty can meet with one of our associate instructional designers for one-on-one support, with no appointment necessary! Our designers can assist with designing courses for any modality, creating and revising learning activities and assessments, selecting and incorporating instructional technology, and adhering to accessibility standards. Check out the Drop-In Hours page of our website for the most up-to-date hours and locations. We look forward to working with you!
New Faculty Orientation (NFO) is a program for new tenure-track and adjunct faculty members which runs annually with primary orientation days taking place in August and supplemental sessions running through the Fall Semester. Visit the NFO page of this website for a complete schedule and additional information.
The Program for Effective Teaching and Learning (PETAL) is a collaborative and supportive faculty development program to promote innovative, effective, evidence-based teaching for all students, in and out of the classroom.
Building and sustaining a mentoring culture on a higher education campus has been shown to play a critical role in faculty retention and success. The Faculty Mentoring Program (FMP), established in 2008, is open to all part-time and full-time academic and administrative faculty, as defined by the most recent CBA. The FMP offers three targeted programs to support faculty at every career stage: new full-time tenure-track faculty, faculty desiring to seek promotion, and adjunct faculty.
Faculty learning communities (FLCs) provide a space for educators to engage with an interdisciplinary group of peers over an extended period. They provide a platform for meaningful collaboration, peer learning, and support for enhancing teaching practice.
The Teaching and Learning Center partners with faculty members to carry out initiatives which aim to promote and improve evidence-based teaching practices that support student success and retention. Initiatives offered in the past include:
- eTextbook Initiative
- Quality Matters
- Active Learning
Learn more about the initiatives we are currently offering on the Initiatives page of this website!
Each semester, the Teaching and Learning Center offers workshops and events meant to promote effective teaching strategies and student success. Some of our past offerings include:
- Designing for Equity: Using UDL to Create an Equitable & Inclusive Classroom
- AI in Higher Education: Strategies for Teaching & Assessment
- Navigating Academic Freedom, Free Speech, and Social Justice
Check out the TLC Event Calendar to see what's coming up, and keep an eye on your inbox for the TLC Monthly Update for announcements regarding upcoming workshops and events.
The Teaching and Learning Center hosts book clubs every Fall and Spring. Books selected for the clubs involve topics related to education such as pedagogy, learning theories, and student success.