About the Center

The Provost provides the Center for Teaching and Learning Innovation as a university-wide resource. The Center is an integral part of the broader educator development network that includes MSU IT, MSU Libraries, and local resources in many academic units. It brings together people from across campus to focus on innovation in teaching practices, learning technology development or other areas where we might improve how our students learn.

Colleagues working together
“In creating the center, the Provost made 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... bringing together the outstanding faculty and academic staff from across campus who guide and advance innovative teaching and learning methodology.”
Interim Associate Provost Joe Salem

Within the center we have a diverse team of educators who combine an interdisciplinary set of approaches to address the multi-layered challenges of the university’s educational mission and the diversity among our educators. As we support faculty and staff success, we recognize “educator” in the most inclusive way possible, anyone who plays a part in supporting student’s learning and student success is an educator. Educators sometimes have acute needs for support, and at other times seek support for their professional development or to implement a new course or program. The center aspires to be helpful in each of these areas.

colleagues having a conversation

We approach our work co-creating with students and educators from a learning experience design perspective. Our learning experience design process begins with dialogue and inquiry to surface fundamental needs of the people involved and exploring the complexities of problem spaces associated with learning. When we are directly involved in creating a learning experience, we encourage participatory design, prototyping and iteration toward solutions for sustainable success.

Across our portfolio, we address learning experiences at multiple scales. Educators may touch base with us for advice, resources, or a quick consultation. Other engagements are longer and require assigning a staff member to partner with an educational team, or to engage on project work for a longer duration. From day-long workshops, three week consulting engagements, facilitating design and innovation sessions with a team, to five-day design sprints or year-long program designs and redesigns, we provide partners with the guidance they need to design the learning and growth they imagine.

Seek Consultation or Assistance

The Center for Teaching and Learning Innovation helps our educators when they need advice, feedback, coaching, guidance, or to find resources at the University. We help MSU’s educators improve their understanding of teaching and learning, to develop themselves as a more capable educator and improve their teaching performance or learning experience design. Meet the team to select a partner to help walk you through your needs, learn how we might help directly or connect you with the resources you are seeking.