The Office for Teaching and Learning (OTL) is entering a transition phase that we expect will last from Monday, August 20, 2012 through mid‑February 2013. During this time the OTL staffing and its offerings will change. Although faculty may notice less staff and fewer offerings for the next several months, this is a precursor to a significant investment in the office over the longer term.
The OTL is open for walk-in consultation and its lab facilities under normal operating hours, including this week before classes begin.
The OTL offerings at the start of this academic year will principally comprise Blackboard workshops and tutorials. The schedule of facilitated offerings is posted on the OTL website at www.otl.wayne.edu. Many online resources — including those listed on the front-page of the OTL website — are available to faculty concerning the recent upgrade to Blackboard. There’s also a video of how the software versions differ.
In addition to Blackboard support during the semester the Large Class Faculty Learning Community will continue operations and the OTL lab will be available during posted hours.
The search for a permanent Associate Provost and Director for the Office of Teaching and Learning is in full-swing. Dozens of candidates have been screened by our retained search firm and the search committee will host "airport interviews" for a select set of candidates starting on September 21st. We are hopeful that the successful candidate will start work on-campus in early January 2013.
Kristi Verbeke, the assistant director for the OTL has accepted an opportunity to transform a similar operation at Wake Forest University in Winston‑Salem, North Carolina. Her last day at Wayne State was August 17, 2012. We all thank her for her significant contributions to the teaching environment here at Wayne State over the past 10 years and wish her all the best in her new endeavor.
The new permanent Associate Provost and Director of OTL will bring new energy and resources to providing a higher level of service starting in the Spring of 2013. Thank you for your patience during this transition period.