West Windsor, N.J. – Mercer County Community College (MCCC) faculty and staff will return to campus next week to find a newly refurbished Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL, formerly known as the BAT Cave). Under the direction of Alexandra Salas, Ph.D., instructional designer for MercerOnline, CTL will build on its role as a go-to resource for instructors seeking new instructional approaches and lessons on incorporating online resources into their courses.
The upgrades include new carpeting, fresh paint and colorful posters designed to inspire. The project was funded through an Innovation Grant from the MCCC Foundation and carried out by Facilities staff members earlier this summer.
“Our goal is to make the Center for Teaching and Learning a comfortable, collaborative environment that will facilitate engagement throughout the college community. It’s a place where we will showcase the best pedagogical approaches, unveil new technologies, and share ideas,” Salas said.
According to Jill Marcus, coordinator for MercerOnline, among the center’s materials and planned fall activities are eLearning content authoring and support; distance education best practices; roundtable discussions; academic integrity modules; academic pulse (trending) issues in education; webinars; and the Magna Professional Development Series. CTL currently has four computer terminals for use by MCCC faculty and staff.
Marcus adds that instruction for those who want to teach online courses will remain a core focus of CTL.
“MercerOnline will continue to serve as an innovations agent, with the Center for Teaching and Learning enhancing our ability to champion these efforts,” Salas said, adding that the CTL website will be updated regularly to provide the latest pedagogical and resource information.