Center for the Advancement of Learning (C.A.L.)
The Center for the Advancement of Learning (CAL) is a fusion of the unit formerly known as the Center for Academic Technology and the Research Academy for Integrated Learning. Housed in the Learning Resources Division, the Center for the Advancement of Learning is an extension of the Office of the Chief Academic Officer that works with faculty, staff, graduate student instructors (TAs), postdoctoral scholars, and administrators across UDC’s colleges, divisions, and campuses.
CAL offers a diverse range of services, programs, and professional development activities to advance teaching and learning. The CAL team maintains advanced degrees and certifications in a variety of academic disciplines, and provides programming in cross-disciplinary, discipline-specific, and institutional capacities. Each program is customized to the individual needs of departments, schools, and colleges. CAL strives to promote a learner-centered culture that values and rewards inclusive, innovative, and effective instruction and course design.
The mission of the Center for the Advancement of Learning is to promote effective and innovative instruction and course design across all colleges and campuses. CAL supports the advancement of evidence-based teaching practices that promote learning and the professional development of all members of UDC’s teaching community. As such, inclusion and technology integration serve as the basis of CAL’s operations. As an extension of the Office of the Chief Academic Officer, CAL works closely with library services to serve as the interdisciplinary hub for all academic units to advance evidence-based practices in teaching and learning. CAL partners with faculty, staff, graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and administrators to develop and sustain a university culture that values and rewards teaching, respects and supports individual differences among learners, and creates learning environments in which diverse learners and instructors can excel.
Instructional Design and Technologies
Instructional design is the systematic process by which instruction is improved through the analysis of learning goals and the development of strategies to integrate, measure and achieve…learn more.