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I am proud to announce the launch of the Fulton Schools of Engineering Learning and Teaching Hub. Led by current Director of Digital Immersion Scott Mahler, the FSE Learning and Teaching Hub will broaden access to innovative teaching strategies, technologies, tools and resources. The hub will help facilitate a culture of teaching and learning through professional development opportunities, instructional consultation, collaborative course development and the effective use of learning analytics — all curated to assist faculty in providing an educational experience that is unique to FSE.

Launching the Learning and Teaching Hub is motivated by what we know and experience in our instruction — students thrive when they are part of learning environments that are relevant, engaging and designed to promote their success. Providing this type of atmosphere is why the Fulton Schools of Engineering continuously produces career-ready graduates, equipped with the knowledge and hands-on experience to take on the world’s most pressing challenges.

The Learning and Teaching Hub is intended to capitalize on opportunities to strategically support pedagogy and its design benefits from our many experiences, especially over the past year. We have the privilege of being part of a university that values innovation and is a long-time leader in online learning. So, when the pandemic hit last year, we were better prepared than many other institutions for the large-scale shift to teaching across multiple modalities and instructional settings. We had great success in adapting classwork and adjusting labs and other learning activities to accommodate different learning styles, and want to capitalize on those experiences to further improve how we can create immersive, experiential learning environments.

The Learning and Teaching Hub will also focus on creating and developing interactive experiences for learners in every setting. It is intended to support faculty who can participate in teaching communities of practice, provide pedagogical guidance and instructional feedback to colleagues, and collaborate to promote programs, workshops and resources that meet the evolving needs of the FSE faculty. Our team of learning designers can help you develop learning tools and instructional materials that will ultimately drive engineering and technology students to find success in their chosen fields.

Advancing student success is made possible when we empower each member of our faculty to be creative in deploying teaching strategies that improve student retention and outcomes and promote access and inclusion across all our programs. I hope you’ll join our efforts to learn from and share with colleagues as we collectively advance both faculty and student success by leveraging support and engagement with the Learning and Teaching Hub. Scott and the team look forward to working across FSE in close partnership with other supporting units. Please continue to check In the Loop for upcoming announcements about the hub and how you can get involved.

— Kyle

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