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

Feb 09, 2018
Mid-semester Assessment – A Student-Centered Formative Assessment

From Office for Teaching & Learning

Would you like to get timely feedback from your students regarding their perception of what is going well and what could be changed or improved while the course is in progress? Whether you are teaching for the very first time, teaching a new course, testing out new teaching and learning strategies, or using CANVAS – […]

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Jan 28, 2018
Happy Data Privacy Day!

From ProfTech

In honor of Data Privacy Day, I thought I would share with you a bit of history about the day’s origins, a tip to protect yourself, and a bit of exciting news to help you protect your privacy here at WSU. History The United States and Canada have been celebrating Data Privacy Day since 2008.  …

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Jan 25, 2018
Small Changes to Assignments Mean Big Improvements in Student Learning

From Office for Teaching & Learning

College can be a challenging place for students as they move from novice (high school) to expert (college and beyond) level thinkers.  Assignment design can be pivotal for students, especially in foundational courses, as they are introduced to the University setting; with students either grasping the assignment or faltering.  This make-or-break structure is particularly relevant […]

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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