For services regarding any of CELT's initiatives, send us a message and we'll respond ASAP. The Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning is a multidisciplinary office whose members bring expertise from disciplines across the curriculum, including:
- History and Humanities Education
- Biology and Science Education
- Critical Race and Performance Studies
- Educational Psychology
- Instructional Design and Distance Learning
- Disability Studies and Universal Design
- Rhetoric, Writing, and Digital Humanities
Read more about CELT's concerted initiatives below.
Services for New Faculty
CELT is keen to support new faculty, which we define informally as having three years or less time as an employee of the University of Kentucky. We contribute to the annual New Faculty Orientation, organized by the Office of Faculty Advancement, after which we offer a series of workshops on fundamental teaching concerns (the New Faculty Teaching Academy). CELT also gives preference to new faculty in fielding requests for consultations, observations, and mid-semester feedback reports.
Inclusive Teaching and Courageous Conversations
CELT works with faculty, instructors, and campus partners to advance initiatives that support inclusion and diversity at the University. We seek to provide tools to increase cultural competency within the classroom, as well as promote civil dialogue across cultural, social and political differences. Through workshops, consultations, and monthly gatherings, we support critical conversations about inclusive teaching, teaching for social justice, and creating an equitable campus environment.
How can we use digital technologies in thoughtful, purposeful, and humane ways? CELT works with faculty and instructors to explore new, different, or fresh ways of imagining teaching and learning with respect to how digital technologies might transform classroom management and course design. At the intersection of digital humanities, critical pedagogy, and educational technology, our efforts to support digital pedagogies strive for open-mindedness, playfulness, and experimentation while always maintaining a focus on best practices for student learning. Beyond a utilitarian approach that would ask merely what app, software platform, or other technology might accomplish a particular task, we strive to integrate critical reflection on the affordances and constraints of technologies: how they shape our sense of the world and vice versa, how they influence the meanings we make about the human experience.
Universal Design for Learning
Through consultations, workshops, and partnerships, we work with teachers who aspire to design all instructional practices from the beginning to be equitable, flexible, simple, intuitive, tolerant, and accessible to the greatest extent possible for all students, regardless of life experience, knowledge, skills, abilities, learning styles/preferences, health, etc. CELT is part of a campus-wide network that advocates for an education that is more accessible and inclusive for individuals with disabilities, and that also meets the diverse needs of the majority of learners.
Open Educational Practices
With the rising costs of textbooks and other educational materials, as well as barriers presented by copyrights and subscription walls, more educators and researchers are turning to open educational resources (OERs). CELT has partnered with W. T. Young Library to promote the use and production of open resources and teaching practices: from replacing an expensive textbook with one that's freely licensed, to the development, production, modification, and distribution of openly licensed resources as part of OER-enabled pedagogy. We're eager to work with instructors to reduce the cost burden for students, to maintain rigor and quality in educational materials and practices, and to pursue innovative pedagogies that give students the opportunity to make a real impact on the world with their work.
Graduate Instructor Support
CELT values the improvement of teaching and learning for all instructors at the University of Kentucky. We frequently collaborate with the Graduate School to ensure that the graduate students are empowered to do their best work in our classrooms and beyond as they advance in their careers. In addition to consultations and workshops for graduate instructors (often in partnership with college or department TA development programs), we lead sessions during the campus-wide TA Orientation and teach courses in the Graduate School's Preparing Future Faculty program.
Innovation + Design Lab
Started in 2013, the Innovation + Design Lab (I+D Lab) is a three-day, intensive event in May during which faculty explore a range of innovative pedagogical approaches in order to create engaging courses, interact effectively with students, and ensure that students achieve learning outcomes. The goal of the I+D Lab is to foster creativity in teaching across modalities and learning environments to support student engagement, success, and retention. Now that the eLII grant cycle has concluded, we are reassessing the I+D Lab's purpose and outcomes for a 2018 relaunch.
CELT has frequently partnered with academic units on campus in the service of international grants and partnerships. We have worked in long-term engagements with visiting faculty from Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, in partnerships with the College of Engineering, the Gatton College of Business and Economics, and the ESL Program in the College of Arts and Sciences. CELT provides professional and educational development services for international faculty, with the aim of improving the learning conditions at their home institutions.
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