Located in Room 213 in the Library of the Middletown Campus, the Center for Teaching & Learning (CTL) serves as a resource center that explores, promotes, and supports excellence in teaching and learning, pedagogical best practices, innovative technologies, and campus collaborations that enhance the student experience. The CTL offers numerous services to the college community, including:
Workshops and Training Sessions
Each semester the CTL provides a wide array of sessions geared towards the needs of faculty and staff. Our sessions range from the latest pedagogical trainings to technology trainings. Our goal is to provide the most sought-after professional development information needed in higher education.
Our yearly schedule of events is based on the information provided to the CTL through regular surveys of faculty and staff and our sessions are open to ALL faculty and staff at the college. The CTL provides a session certificate to all attendees of our trainings. Please see our upcoming sessions on the Calendar of Events button located to the left of the home page screen.
If your schedule does not allow you to attend the available CTL sessions, feel free to contact us to meet with you individually in order to provide session materials and information. We would be happy to assist you with whatever information you need. To request a consultation click on the CTL Training Request Form.
The CTL offers many content creation services including Green Screen video, audio recording and animated graphics. Add rich multimedia content to your courses to supplement student learning in and out of the classroom. Providing video/audio content in an online course is also a great way to increase interactivity with students. Content can be distributed via the Ensemble streaming server so students always have access to material. If you’re interested in learning more about how you can incorporate multimedia into your courses, please fill out our Video Request Form button on the left side of the CTL page.
Faculty Sharing Sessions
Towards the end of each semester the CTL offers a “Faculty Sharing Session” where all faculty are invited to demonstrate or discuss a successful teaching and learning practice they have utilized in their face-to-face, hybrid or online course. This is a wonderful opportunity to hear about tried and tested teaching techniques that may be worth considering for your courses. It’s an opportunity to share and demonstrate what you do best, or to come and hear about what has worked for your colleagues. Look for upcoming sessions on our Event Calendar.
Faculty and Staff Spotlight Series
It is true that we are our own best resources and the “Faculty & Staff Spotlight Series” has been a wonderful success since the inception of the CTL. Each semester, many SUNY Orange faculty and staff host their own events and demonstrate a particular topic or technique with which they have found increased student success and student engagement. The topics vary by discipline and format and provide a wealth of information based on the talent of our own faculty and staff. We invite you to attend these sessions in support of your colleagues and the student-centered learning environment. Look for these sessions on our Event Calendar.
Faculty iPad Program
The Faculty iPad Program started in the summer of 2012 and continues on an annual basis. Faculty are invited to submit a proposal to their Associate Vice President in the spring of each semester for the upcoming academic year. Faculty are asked to outline their potential use of the iPad and how it may enhance their teaching and learning goals. The Office of Academic Affairs, along with the CTL, sends out announcements each spring outlining the process and deadlines. If you have any questions, please contact the CTL at x4055.
Magna Commons and Webinar Library
Have you created your free Magna Commons account yet? SUNY Orange has a subscription to Magna Commons, a webinar library featuring over 100 webinars geared towards higher education. The library includes a wide range of topics covering the areas of online and face-to-face teaching and learning and academic administration. Instructions for creating a free account can be found at the PDF link below. Once your account has been created, click on the Magna Commons login page link to log into the library and view the current offerings. Each webinar comes with a downloadable Powerpoint presentation of the session slides, a session transcript, and a discussion guide for further dialogue among your colleagues.
Magna Commons Login Page link:
Training Request Form
Need a particular training that you don’t see on our schedule? Use the Training Request Form button located on the left side of the CTL home page and tell us what you’d like to see offered. Be sure to add your availability and we will contact you shortly to arrange the session.