The Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology (CTLT) will soon have a new home in the heart of campus. CTLT staff members are busy packing and preparing for a move to Williams Hall, which is expected to be completed by the end of September. The Office of the Cross Chair in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning will also move to this new venue.
The Journey Begins
“Often, the toughest part of a journey is getting started,” said CTLT Director Claire Lamonica. “No one likes moving. But we’re excited for two reasons: First, being in Williams Hall puts us right on the Quad and the center for campus. Second, this move is part of a larger, two-year plan to build a new CTLT facility in Milner Library. That’s something we, and the faculty, are very much looking forward to.”
In order to make the best use of space in Williams Hall, CTLT services will reside in different areas. CTLT’s Opscan Evaluation service and administrative staff will be on the first floor. Instructional developers and faculty support coordinators, along with media labs, other conference spaces, and the Graphic Design unit will be located on the third floor. The endowed Cross Chair in SoTL will also be on the third floor.
You can listen to a discussion with Dr. Lamonica about the move in this recent episode of CTLT’s podcast, Let’s Talk Teaching.
During the transition, CTLT’s vast array of faculty support services will continue with only a few, necessary interruptions. In order to accommodate the move, CTLT’s Opscan Evaluation will close starting Thursday, September 5. It will reopen on Thursday, September 12, in Williams Hall 117.
Plans are still being finalized concerning CTLT’s Graphic Design unit. Faculty and staff who use this service for posters and other printing may experience a delay while electrical work is completed in Graphic’s new home.
ReggieNet support for instructors will continue by phone or email, as will academic consultations by appointment. However, walk-in help will not be available during the week of September 16. Instead, instructors are asked to email CTLT@ilstu.edu or call (309) 438-2542 for assistance or to schedule a consultation.
To accommodate the move, workshops and events for the fall semester will be held at a variety of locations. Several units, including the College of Business, Milner Library, and Financial Aid have generously provided space for CTLT events. Registration for fall workshops is now open. Most Technology Short Courses will be offered this fall, with a few topics being offered, instead, as one-on-one consultations.
The move will not affect planning for the 2020 University-Wide Teaching and Learning Symposium, which will still be held at the Marriott in Uptown Normal on January 8. Session proposals are being accepted through September 30.
The Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology, as a part of the division of Academic Affairs, supports instructors in their pursuit of excellence and innovation in teaching, student learning, and the effective use of technology. CTLT works with hundreds of tenured, non-tenure track, and graduate teaching assistant instructors each year to improve students’ experiences in the classroom and online.
Find out more about CTLT’s many services and get updates about the transition to Williams Hall at CTLT.IllinoisState.edu.