The Center for Innovative Learning (CIL) was established in 2016 as a new faculty development asset under the auspices of the Provost’s Office. It is dedicated to creating an active learning environment for students and faculty and improving the quality of student learning by exploring the principles of effective teaching.
In its new structure, CIL includes the Faculty Fellows Program. This program is the core of the center and aims at promoting collaborations with a diversity of schools and experienced instructors. The program offers its faculty members the opportunity to enhance their teaching experience and be active members of the LAU teaching community.
Mission & Vision
The mission of the Center for Innovative Learning is to support faculty development, promote innovative pedagogical initiatives, enhance excellence in teaching effectiveness, and facilitate engagement in student learning. The CIL provides resources and services that can promote an active learning environment.
CIL is a place where faculty and the Center’s team work in a collaborative environment to create rich, engaged learning and teaching experiences. The center aims at enhancing student success, builds vital community partnerships, and invites faculty to become members of an academically diverse, active learning community.
Goals & Outcomes
The Center’s goals are to:
- Bring together faculty from different schools, departments, and/ or units to promote excellence in teaching, learning and assessment through cutting-edge technologies and high-impact pedagogy
- Advance best practices for the dissemination of knowledge to guide the development and the implementation of best teaching and assessment practices
- Create a collegial environment of shared purpose and mutual support across the institution
- Promote a view of teaching based on the principles of a learning centered approach
- Integrate effective and innovative teaching and research-based techniques.
- Provide practical advice on the integration of innovative pedagogies and technology driven methodologies
- Provide resources to faculty on high impact pedagogies and learning technologies
- Function as a center of innovation and professional development regionally and internationally
- Establish and maintain long-term sustainable and transformative partnerships across campus and between the campus and the community.
- Adopting the “train the trainer” model
- Encouraging/Fostering dialogues and mutually beneficial partnerships
- Consulting individually or in small groups with experts
- Projecting/sharing professional teaching examples
- Hosting faculty workshops
- Creating teaching resources
- Providing ongoing support
- Reaching out to the community at large
- Facilitating peer groups in the classroom
- Implementing peer visits through the four square model.