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Online Learning Summit 2014 – May 13 & 14

Connections & Community: from Course to Commonwealth You’re invited to participate! May 13 & 14, 2014 We invite you to our annual Online Learning Summit. This year the Summit has expanded to a 2-day event that includes two new opportunities: the Online Showcase and the Leadership Roundtable. The Online Showcase will be conducted as a […]

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Join the Conversation about Design Challenges

We invite you to join our regular Digital Design Challenge sessions. They are intended to serve as open conversations to identify questions, issues and design challenges that we can examine collectively to develop better understanding. Issues can range from the theoretical to the practical, and may include discussion of course design, teaching practice, use of […]

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An Invitation to Join Us on Tuesdays!

These are exciting times for teaching and learning. The web and new media technologies offer a wide range of possibilities for enhancing teaching and learning. They are bringing continuous change to our classrooms and redefining the concept of learning environments. As we explore these possibilities for developing web-enhanced, blended or fully online courses, design issues […]

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Apply Now for Spring Preparing to Teach Online

The Center for Teaching Excellence invites applications for the Spring 2013 Preparing to Teach Online course. This course is designed to provide the insight, knowledge and skills needed to teach effectively online. Explore and collaborate with faculty colleagues through this online course, scheduled January 25 to April 30. Orientation meeting will be held January 10. […]

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CFP: 2012-2013 CTE Small Grants Program

The VCU Center for Teaching Excellence is pleased to announce the 2012-2013 Call for Proposals for the CTE Small Grants Program. The CTE Small Grants Program is designed to supply VCU faculty members (full- or part-time) with necessary resources (up to $5000) to support their own development as learning-centered teachers in alignment with the VCU strategic plan, Quest for Distinction.

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Accepting proposals for the 2011-2012 CTE Small Grants Program

The VCU Center for Teaching Excellence is now accepting proposals for the 2011-2012 CTE Small Grants Program; for more information, visit

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CTE Brown Bag Lunch: Information Fluency – Unpacking the Concept for Application at VCU

One of the competencies associated with the undergraduate curriculum at VCU is information fluency, acquired through coursework which helps students “navigate library-related services (on-line and on-site) as well as evaluate the legitimacy of sources of information“. In an area of discussion awash with (often competing) definitions, standards, professional guidelines, and assessment approaches, what it means […]

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CTE White Paper on Online Teaching and Learning

The delivery of courses online is nearly as old as the web itself, but as with any innovation, some faculty members have been early adopters while others have watched the development with both interest and skepticism. As publishing and managing content on the web has become easier, and as the delivery of online courses has […]

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CTE Open Forum – Assessment in a Learning-Centered University

Much of traditional undergraduate classroom instruction at the university level focuses on content coverage, with assessments linked to comprehension of the information presented. While this may be a necessary component of learning, it does not always take into consideration the knowledge learners bring to the classroom. What does assessment look like in a learning-centered classroom? […]

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CTE Open Forum – What is a learning-centered research university?

This podcast is the first episode in a series of open forums focusing on VCU’s vision for becoming a learning-centered university. This recording from October 20, 2006 features Dr. Joe Marolla, Vice Provost of Instruction at VCU discussing the question “What is a learning-centered research university?” A reading distributed to participants at the open forum, […]

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