Office for Teaching and Learning
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Academic Technology Support (C&IT)

The Teaching Commons at Wayne State University is a collaboration of the Office for Teaching and Learning, University Libraries, and Academic Technology Support (C&IT) that provides our educational practitioners an integrated and interdependent hub serving to support excellence in teaching and learning.

Working together we anticipate, adapt and respond to the increasingly complex environment of teaching and learning in our urban research university setting. With our collaborators, we explore, assess and implement the best in research and evidence-based practice.


The Wayne State University Technology Resource Center was designed to bring the University's rich teaching, learning, and technology resources together in one place for faculty convenience. The TRC has been remarkably successful in this regard, and a highly innovative and productive synergy has developed as staff address important faculty concerns while fostering innovation in teaching and learning theory and technology.

In the Fall of 2013, the Technology Resource Center was reconceived as the Teaching Commons, building on the established internetwork of resources available to support faculty in their teaching and learning. The Teaching Commons replaces and extends the Technology Resource Center, with a slight readjustment in mission: focusing more on evidence-based practice in teaching and learning, less on technology in the classroom.

Latest news from our blogs

Dec 06, 2016
The Center for Open Science launches OSF|Preprints

From Scholars Cooperative

I’ve written before about the Center for Open Science (COS), and they’ve been busy since first opening up submissions for SocArXiv back in August. In addition to the social sciences,they’ve also launched PsyArXiv (for the psychological sciences) and engrXiv (for engineering), along with the broader implementation of the Open Science Framework (OSF). The OSF allows interested […]

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Dec 05, 2016
WIDER Steering Committee Accepting Proposals for 2017 SSTEP Fellows

From Office for Teaching & Learning

A team of faculty consisting of Andrew Feig (Chemistry), Peter Hoffmann (Physics), Robert Bruner (Mathematics), Karen Myhr (Biology), and Mathew Ouellett (Associate Provost and Director of the Office for Teaching and Learning) have been awarded a series of NSF grants to study and improve STEM education at Wayne State.  The project began with WIDER (Widening […]

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Nov 15, 2016
Teaching and Learning Post-Election: OTL Resources for Instructors

From Office for Teaching & Learning

As members of the Wayne State University community continue to absorb and grapple with understanding the implications of the presidential election, the Office for Teaching and Learning (OTL) has prepared some resource materials for instructors. As President Wilson recently said, “…whether we agree or disagree with the election outcome, we must come together for the […]

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Teaching Commons

Wayne State University

Purdy Library

5265 Cass Ave, Detroit MI 48202

(313) 577-1980

Map to the Teaching Commons in the Purdy Library