CTL Services & Resources

The Center for Teaching and Learning offers services and resources to faculty who endeavor to excel in their teaching:

TRAVEL

CTL offers limited financial support for faculty members who want to attend a professional conference related to teaching, learning, assessment (including technology), and/or curriculum development within their content area.  This assistance is only limited to travel within the United States. Funds are limited and are available on a first come-first serve basis.

  • International travel is not eligible for funding;
  • Rental cars are not eligible for funding;
  • CTL per diem rate differs from the university allowance of the GSA per diem rates;
  • Applicants must have a current M&T Travel card issued by Delaware State University;
  • Recipients are required to submit a Title III Travel Summary form within 5 business days after their return;
  • Recipients are required to submit an M&T Expense report for their approved travel expenditures with receipts attached within 5 business days after their return.

Please see below for additional information on CTL’s Travel Support program:

WORKSHOPS & TRAINING

CTL offers a variety of professional development opportunities for university faculty, adjuncts, teaching assistants, and specific staff members through workshops and trainings. Upcoming events are posted here and in CTL’s blog.  If you are interested in facilitating a workshop for the CTL or if you have a workshop suggestion, please contact us at CTL [at] desu.edu.

ACUE Effective Teaching Practices Course

In the spring of 2018, Delaware State University partnered with the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) to launch an online course in Effective Teaching Practices.  The five units of the course address:

  1. Designing an Effective Course and Class
  2. Establishing a Productive Learning Environment
  3. Using Active Learning Techniques
  4. Promoting Higher Order Thinking
  5. Assessing to Inform Instruction and Promote Learning

DSU participants receive a certificate in Effective Teaching Practices endorsed by the American Council of Education (ACE) and a one-time stipend of $750.00 upon completion of the program.  For additional information about ACUEs Effective Teaching Practices course, please go to http://acue.org/course/.  If you are interested in participating in an upcoming cohort, please contact one of our course facilitators, Ms. Amber Ward award [at] desu.edu or Dr. Alexa Silver acawley [at] desu.edu.  

TEACHING MINI-GRANTS

CTL is an advocate for instructors wishing to hone their craft by pursuing new and innovative techniques within their classrooms. Mini-grants, which are limited to $2000.00 per award, are open to full-time teaching faculty at DSU and are awarded (three per year) to those who seek to acquire new strategies that support student engagement and success. Please find the CTL 17th Annual Mini-Grant Competition here.

TUITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

CTL offers tuition reimbursement to full-time DSU faculty pursuing an advance degree to specialty certification.  Please refer to the guidelines below:

OPEN EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES (OER)

The use of OER can increase access to higher education, make higher education more affordable, and increase student success.    

Open Educational Resources (OER) are high-quality teaching and learning resources that are free to use and repurpose.  They can be legally copied, shared, and distributed at little to no cost.  These resources can be modified, including adding or removing text and content.  These resources come in the form of images, videos, textbooks, PowerPoints, databases, etc. are easily integrated into your courses as they can be customized to your course.  OERs are created by a faculty member, a subject-matter expert, or a team to increase access to higher education and increase student success as it affords education recourses to be available to students at a free or at a reduced cost.  They are written and reviewed by experts and their quality is comparable to traditional textbooks and they are covered under the Creative Commons License.

The five R’s to OER are:

  1. Retain - make, own, and control a copy of the resource (e.g., download and keep your own copy)
  2. Revise - edit, adapt, and modify your copy of the resource (e.g., translate into another language)
  3. Remix - combine your original or revised copy of the resource with other existing material to create something new (e.g., make a mashup)
  4. Reuse - use your original, revised, or remixed copy of the resource publicly (e.g., on a website, in a presentation, in a class)
  5. Redistribute - share copies of your original, revised, or remixed copy of the resource with others (e.g., post a copy online or give one to a friend)

Open Educational Resources (OER) 5 RsHere is some additional information about OER Licensing.

Finding OERs is not difficult, here is a list of a few sourcesHere is everything you need to know about open textbooks

You can find out more about OER at Delaware State University Here.

OTHER RESOURCES