The Center for Innovation and Excellence in Teaching and Learning, CIETL, is a center dedicated to innovation and excellence as an institutionalized place for directed focus on issues of teaching and learning.
CIETL is committed to the college’s core mission of helping all our students move successfully through their academic plan, including basic skills, transfer, and career/technical education courses. CIETL does this by piloting, evaluating, and supporting innovative teaching and learning practices that encourage collaboration and community building and increase the retention, success, and persistence rates of our students. CIETL promotes sharing of this scholarship of teaching and learning across campus.
Talking about Teaching sessions
Current 2018-2019 activities include single-meeting sessions on Flex Days and during the semester, including online discussions. Sessions topics include “Setting High Standards,” “What is your favorite or most effective assignment?,” Engaging with Student Emotional Health,” and “Hope Required When Growing Roses in Concrete.”
Communities of Practice
In 2019, CIETL will host Communities of Practice, modeled on the STEM Communities of Practice program, which established a culture of supportive, non-evaluative mutual observation and a methodology for evaluation and assessment of the effectiveness of the new assignment or pedagogical approach.