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New MSU Center for Teaching and Learning Innovation to Open in Main Library

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New MSU Center for Teaching and Learning Innovation to Open in Main Library

New MSU Center for Teaching and Learning Innovation to Open in Main Library

The Hub for Innovation in Learning and Technology is transforming into a new unit under the Office of the Provost umbrella, within the MSU Libraries: the MSU Center for Teaching and Learning Innovation (Center for TLI).  

In a recent message to the MSU educator community, Provost Woodruff explained that this transition represents a deliberate effort to locate fundamental support for educators at the academic heart of the university, the Main Library. Centrally located, and central to the lives of our faculty and instructional staff, this new role and added portfolio of services will bring together outstanding faculty and academic staff from across campus to advance teaching and learning methodology, technology, and innovation at MSU. 

The Center for TLI will be staffed by a combination of former Hub and current library employees. According to a message from Dean of Libraries and Interim Associate Provost for Teaching and Learning Innovation Joe Salem, the Center for TLI will also be looking for additional staff next year. 

“The team and I know there are already invaluable educator support efforts in place across campus. We intend to collaborate with and help amplify those,” says Salem. “The Center for TLI will use a networked approach, keeping a core team supporting educator efforts centrally while working closely and collaboratively with center affiliates in colleges, departments, and units across campus.” 

As a new initiative, The Center for TLI is still evolving. Salem wants to ensure the process of building out the unit involves stakeholders in the crucial, early phase of development. “As part of our process, a small group of educator development stakeholders are being asked to participate in a kick-off summit this January,” he says. “Together, this team will synchronously contribute to developing ideas for how a networked approach can best complement the existing MSU educator ecosystem and fill gaps in support.” 

Salem adds that in addition to the kick-off summit and follow-up work with educator development stakeholders, his team will be offering additional engagement opportunities for educators themselves in the new year. 

This engagement and the feedback collected will be used to help shape the vision and mission of the unit.  

“There is a remarkable amount of expertise on our campus regarding teaching and learning innovation,” says Salem. “We are extremely excited to have the Provost’s support in aligning the great work so many are already doing, and just as excited to break new ground in this space. We’re bringing together a team of cross-unit educators to plan opportunities for MSU educators to share ideas about making the Center for TLI as supportive and collaborative as it can be.” 

While still under construction, the evolving vision for the Center for TLI has at its core an unalterable value: faculty and staff success. As stated unequivocally in MSU’s recently unveiled strategic plan, faculty and staff are MSU’s biggest investment and most important asset. The Center for TLI will be a place to fortify this crucial strategic pillar. Stakeholders across campus can expect a continued commitment from the Center for TLI to iterate on the colossal professional development strides and technological innovation created as a response to the demands of remote teaching and learning.  

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