Center for Teaching and Learning
We promote a culture of learning by supporting effective teaching practices, deeper learning for students, and university wide partnerships.
“Establishing a Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) that houses CTL is a strategic move that allows us to maintain the valued CTL brand while effectively capitalizing on existing resources, expanding the scope of services, and reflects the diverse range of services we provide to the UAF community.”
On July 25, 2023, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Anupma Prakash announced the establishment of the Center for Teaching & and Learning (CTL). Provost Prakash explains, “This move reinforces our commitment to educational excellence by aligning us with industry best practices and our R1 peers, strategically leveraging existing resources to expand faculty development opportunities, and supporting instructional innovation.” Read more about the changes to modernize UAF’s organizational structure.
Programs and Services
The Center for Teaching and Learning is a collaborative space that unites students, faculty, and staff, harnessing our collective expertise to foster a vibrant exchange of knowledge, culture, and lived experiences. With a shared commitment to inquiry, discovery, and engagement, we foster innovative, interdisciplinary learning communities that inspire intellectual growth and transformative experiences.
We serve as a hub for evidence-based and inclusive teaching practices where faculty and instructors can learn from one another and the higher education community. Through collaboration, research, innovation, and leadership, the CTL is responsive to the teaching goals and priorities of faculty and academic units. We support all teaching roles from full-time, adjunct, or new faculty to postdocs and teaching assistants.
Our strategic initiatives promote pedagogical innovation and offer professional development opportunities for faculty to enhance faculty teaching skills, expand knowledge of effective instructional practices, and stay informed of emerging trends in education. We provide comprehensive support and resources for faculty to investigate the impact of teaching strategies, assess student learning outcomes, and contribute to the broader knowledge base of effective transformative pedagogies that contribute to the scholarship of teaching and learning.
Migrate to Canvas
UAF is migrating from Blackboard Learn to the Canvas LMS platform. Get information about Canvas, find answers to your Canvas migration questions, and request assistance with your Canvas-related needs.
CONSULT A DESIGNER
Book a consultation with a CTL Instructional Designer for help developing a curriculum, troubleshooting a technical problem, and much more!
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We support faculty to build educational programming that values the incredible strengths, diversity, and needs of all learners. Within the CTL, you’ll find CTL, the longest-running distance learning program in Alaska. Building on a rich history of innovation and commitment to excellence in online learning, we take pride in connecting students to transformative experiences in supportive virtual learning environments designed to fit any schedule.
Our online courses and fully online degrees (CTL), dual enrollment program, and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) offer learning experiences that promote access, curiosity, success, and well-being.
Open Education Resources (OER) are freely accessible teaching and learning materials that are openly licensed, allowing faculty to legally and freely share, use, and modify educational content for their courses. At UAF, courses tagged as No or Low Cost (NoLo) in the schedule do not require textbooks or materials in excess of $40. Learn more…
Anyone can use works that are in the public domain, and you as an educator can also use copyrighted works under the principles of fair use for educational purposes. This teaching tip provides details on copyright law and resources to help you apply fair use in your teaching.
After four semesters of engaging UAF students and faculty in the LEAP program, several insightful bits of advice on course design are presented from the student point of view.
This teaching tip explores some details to consider when deciding which digital tools to use in your online class such as learning objectives, time, and opportunity. Knowledge is power in answering the question, “Good for us, or bad for us?”
Exploring HyFlex courses at UAF, this article details student experiences, addresses challenges, offers strategies, and highlights the support available for faculty embracing this flexible, multimodal approach to teaching and learning.
Curiosity isn’t just a key to learning; it’s a brain-boosting superpower. Research shows that curiosity triggers a dopamine response, enhancing memory and enabling incidental learning. Cultivating curiosity is a skill that can result in more effective learning.