Mission and Objectives

Baylor University’s Academy for Teaching and Learning (ATL) has a two-fold mission: globally, to support and inspire a flourishing community of learning; locally, to promote the integration of teaching, scholarship, collegiality, and service in a Christian environment. This pursuit of wholeness reflects the University’s pursuit of personal and academic integrity: the integrated person in the integrated community.

The ATL is a resource center that supports development in the areas of teaching and collegiality by:
▪ facilitating teacher development through University Teaching Grants (UTG)
▪ fostering dialogue about pedagogy through Seminars for Excellence in Teaching (SET) and New Media Seminars (NMS)
▪ modeling positive pedagogical practices in the Summer Faculty Institute (SFI) and New Media Seminars (NMS)
▪ providing individual teaching assessments with video capture, written evaluations, and constructive feedback
▪ advancing the scholarship of teaching and learning by collating and disseminating teaching and learning resources

The ATL is a research center that supports development in the areas of teaching and scholarship by
▪ analyzing trends in higher education in ATL publications, including a proposed monthly newsletter, The Spark
▪ generating scholarship about teaching and learning for peer-reviewed journals
▪ interpreting cognitive issues relevant to teaching and learning in print materials and presentations
▪ codifying best pedagogical practices, including ways to use open educational resources to meet learning goals
▪ producing custom-designed educational materials for teachers and academic units, such as Course Trailers

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