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About the Learning Path
It is unfortunate that CTL directors and their equivalent rarely have well defined roles and expectations. This makes their position within higher education difficult at times. In addition, institutions they serve are varied and diverse, making it challenging to orient new directors and support existing ones.
The aim of this pathway is to provide new and experienced center directors with a way to share our experience with one another in a way that benefits everyone. Although our institutions are unique, our challenges and desired outcomes often are not. There is nothing to gain from “re-inventing the wheel,” particularly when we are already stretched for time and resources. We each have perspectives, experiences, and expertise in ways that overlap. Looking at issues from multiple perspectives is incredibly valuable – so let’s share with one another.
To get us started, we’ve created two resources that look at the top 10 challenges faced by new center directors. For each challenge, we’ve spoken to experienced, successful center directors about how they addressed these challenges. Their input has been incredibly valuable, and we thank them for sharing their time and expertise with us, and with you.
Although starting with a big list, there are many directions in which this list can grow. As this pathway unfolds, we hope that you will suggest new resources in the discussion. We’d love to hear the challenges that you face and would like to explore. Of course, if you have met a challenge with positive outcomes, we also hope to hear from you. This will be an evolving resource, that we will continue to expand for as long as it is needed. Best of all, we will host it in a space that is free for all to use.
Chris Hakala, C. Edward Watson, Todd D. Zakrajsek and James M. Lang
This Learning Path will continue to grow and evolve as we draw in new contributions from leaders of teaching and learning and adapt to feedback. To get started, we have created two resources, ostensibly in the format of linear courses, each of which consist of five key topics. The format differs from usual OneHE courses to take advantage of the insights and input from CTL Directors.