Chris Hakala

Course design and faculty development
Springfield College, USA

Chris is the Director of the Center for Excellence on Teaching, Learning and Scholarship and Professor of Psychology at Springfield College, USA. He has over 20 years’ experience as a professor and Center Director in higher education institutions. Over the years, Chris’s research has focused on reading comprehension, teaching, and learning, effective faculty development and assessment. In addition, Chris has been invited to present at many conferences around the country as well as dozens of colleges and universities on topics ranging from reading narrative text to how to effectively manage large classes, or how to engage students in ways that maximize student learning.

Develop your teaching with Chris Hakala
Invitation to University Teaching
Introduction To Teaching In Higher Education
by James M. Lang, Chris Hakala, Todd D. Zakrajsek, Jay Howard, Derek Bruff, Naomi Winstone, Sam Elkington, Dawn Marie Gilmore
If you're new to teaching in higher education or want to brush up on those foundational concepts and skills, this learning path provides a rapid grounding in the essentials and suggestions for further study.
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How to Establish and Manage a Successful Center for Teaching and Learning
How to Establish and Manage a Successful Center for Teaching and Learning
by Chris Hakala, C. Edward Watson, Todd D. Zakrajsek, James M. Lang

CTL Directors explain how to lay solid foundations for your center so you can create successful collaborations with faculty and senior stakeholders.

Leadership Course
Course Development Made Clear
Course Development Made Clear
by Chris Hakala

In this course you will learn the process of developing a course from start to finish using principles from the science of learning and backwards design. 

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Strategic Positioning, Budgeting, and Growth_ Lessons Learned from Successful Center Leaders
Strategic Positioning, Budgeting, and Growth: Lessons Learned from Successful Center Leaders 
by Chris Hakala, C. Edward Watson, Todd D. Zakrajsek, James M. Lang

CTL Directors explore how they make best use of their budgets to deliver on those activities of most value to their faculty and institutions.

Leadership Course
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Pathway to Success: Getting Started as a Leader of Teaching and Learning Development
by Chris Hakala, C. Edward Watson, Todd D. Zakrajsek, James M. Lang
The aim of this pathway is to provide new and experienced center directors a way to share our experience with one another in a way that benefits everyone.
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