By Stacey Schmeidel
Need help with time management? Confused by quadratic equations? Want to improve your speaking skills? Davidson students have long been able to find help at the Center for Academic Support, the Math and Science Center, and the Speaking Center. But now, Davidson is making it easier for students to improve academically by bringing these resources under one roof.
The new Center for Teaching and Learning, which opened in August on the first floor of E.H. Little Library, brings together these centers—along with instructional technologists and information literacy librarians—to help students take a comprehensive approach to strengthening academic skills.
The CTL also advises faculty who want to experiment with new teaching tools and to discuss different approaches to teaching. Check out Studio D—an experimental classroom—where faculty can try out new technology and experiment with pedagogy.
“The idea for the CTL came out of Davidson’s strategic plan,” said Verna Case, associate dean for teaching, learning and research. “This interdivisional effort will foster a better understanding of the learning process and how it can be enhanced for everyone,” she said.
The first floor of the library was redesigned so that the CTL could be housed at the academic heart of the campus. Many books and magazines were moved to other floors, opening up a large, inviting area that has quickly become a popular facility for collaborative student work and socializing.
“The library looks different—and students are using it differently, too,” says library director Jill Gremmels. “Our gate count is up more than 20 percent, and it’s fun to watch students discover and use the new spaces. Already, that’s a very good outcome.”