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Media Memo: Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning Open House Today

TO: News/Assignment Editors and Directors

FROM: Judy Berthiaume, Director

DATE: Nov. 13, 2008

SUBJECT: Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning Open House Today

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will host an open house from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. TODAY (Nov. 13) in Room 1142 of the Old Library to celebrate a new era in teaching and learning at UW-Eau Claire.

The new center provides a space and programs to support all UW-Eau Claire educators  — regardless of whether they have been on campus a few months or many years — improve their teaching by helping them better understand how today's students learn and how new teaching techniques can enhance learning.
Recent advances in learning theory based on brain-based research and educational psychology have improved methods for teaching today's students. CETL will help UW-Eau Claire educators develop their ability to make the best use of the new knowledge and tools.

A number of community and campus leaders will attend Thursday's open house.

Reporters and photographers are welcome.

Several faculty, staff and students who have worked with the new teaching and learning center will be available to talk with the media during the open house. Among those who will be available to the media are:

  • Bob Eierman, interim director of CETL. Eierman can talk about how CETL will enhance teaching and learning at UW-Eau Claire.
  • April Bleske-Rechek, associate professor of psychology and a CETL fellow. Bleske-Recheck is leading a project that will improve the student evaluation process at UW-Eau Claire.
  • Angie Bong, student leadership and organizations coordinator. Bong is leading a CETL project that will bring together educators from across the campus to discuss how they can better connect classroom experiences and other university experiences in ways that enhance student learning.
  • Kelsey Michels, a psychology major. Michels is part of Bleske-Rechek's research team and can provide a student perspective about the importance of CETL's efforts to enhance teaching and learning on campus.

For more information about the open house or the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, call Dr. Bob Eierman at 715-836- 2385.

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