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New Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning

Heather Simoneau interacts with student

Three recent initiatives highlight LTS’ continued efforts to anticipate and respond to the changing teaching and learning needs of Lehigh faculty and students. The most prominent of these efforts is the development of a new Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning. The others are a revamped Online Learning Advisory Committee and financial support for Online Course Development proposals.

The new Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning continues the mission that guides the Lehigh Lab while formally bringing together many LTS staff, functions, and services related to teaching and learning under a single umbrella. These changes will help us advance the LTS mission, improve our alignment with campus priorities, clarify our services, and expand our capacity to partner. Greg Reihman, who has served as Lehigh’s Director of Faculty Development and Director of the Lehigh Lab since 2004, will serve in a new LTS leadership position as Associate Vice Provost and Director of the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning.

Greg will be joined by the following LTS functions: Instructional Technology, Writing Across the Curriculum, Distance Education, Instructional Media Services, Research Computing, Classroom Technology Support, and Digital Scholarship Project Management. Greg has earned a reputation as an innovator, and has long standing successful relationships on campus in his various roles as faculty member, administrator, consultant to faculty, and advisor to Lehigh’s senior leadership. Greg will be working closely with faculty, College Deans’ offices, his staff, and staff from across campus to collaboratively develop the Center’s areas of focus and activities.

The Online Learning Advisory Committee, formerly the Distance Education Steering Committee, met throughout the spring and summer to better position Lehigh “to develop and deliver the highest quality [online learning] programming.” An initial outcome of the joint faculty/staff committee was a Spring semester report to the Provost in June which outlined the current status for hybrid and fully online classes at Lehigh and a preliminary analysis of the potential of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).

The report also recommends that faculty develop proposals for “new or substantially redesigned online courses to be offered for credit during the Spring and Fall semesters of 2014.” Participating faculty will be asked to experiment with a variety of modes of course design, development, and delivery in collaboration with LTS staff. Faculty will also be expected to contribute to the analysis of the associated costs, opportunities and challenges as well as participate in campus conversations on their experiences. All proposals should be submitted electronically to Helen Zuercher in LTS at hlz2@lehigh.edu by Friday, September 20, 2013. Interested faculty can consult Greg Reihman at grr3@lehigh.edu with questions.