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

Jun 20, 2017
Lessons from the Wannacry Ransomware Attack

From ProfTech

My colleague and acquaintance, Bruce Schneier, wrote a good article about what we can learn from the Wannacry attacks of last month. It’s both in the Washington Post and the Metrowest Daily News (the WP article is behind a paywall for me, but you may be able to read it). Metrowest Daily News Washington Post […]

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May 11, 2017
Microsoft Word disappeared—what can I do?

From ProfTech

Although all Wayne State employees have the ability to download and use the Microsoft Office Suite (including Word, Excel, Powerpoint etc.) it is only available to current employees. When you retire you will probably find that eventually the license will expire. Then what do you do? One simple possibility is to purchase an individual license […]

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May 08, 2017
What should we do after Congress repealed the privacy law?

From ProfTech

I have received many questions from my friends about what to do now that Congress voted to repeal the online privacy rules created last October by the Obama administration. The first thing to do is to avoid panic. Those privacy laws never took effect, so I believe we are now no worse off than we […]

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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