Office for Teaching and Learning
University Libraries
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

Jan 18, 2017
Beall’s List Taken Down

From Scholars Cooperative

For years now, Jeffrey Beall’s list of predatory Open Access publishers has served as an important resource for librarians and scholars alike. Though his methodology has always been fairly opaque (as I touched on in my previous blog post), being able to check publishers against Beall’s list made it easier for scholars and librarians to […]

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Jan 13, 2017
Privacy in the Twenty-First Century

From ProfTech

For the next couple of months we will be focusing on the rapidly growing area of privacy concerns that are raised by the technologies that are ubiquitous in our current age. In our houses, new devices such as refrigerators and home thermostats are connected to the internet — but who is also looking at our […]

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Jan 04, 2017
New York Times Reports on “Fake Academia”

From Scholars Cooperative

Over the winter break, the New York Times ran an article titled A Peek Inside the Strange World of Fake Academia in which the author, Kevin Carey, discusses a number of topics likely familiar to many working in and around institutes of higher learning. The first (and most egregious) example of “fake academia” called out by […]

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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