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

Apr 19, 2018
Educational Development Grant Award Winners Announced

From Office for Teaching & Learning

The Office for Teaching and Learning offers various grants and awards that can be utilized for the professional development of Wayne State faculty. Receiving a grant is an honor, and individual recipients are not the only beneficiaries, but also the student body and the University as a whole benefit when grants are awarded. Educational Development […]


Mar 27, 2018
2018 Innovations in Teaching and Learning Luncheon: “The Unwritten Rules of College: Creating Transparent Assignments that Increase Underserved College Students’ Success”

From Office for Teaching & Learning

Dr. Mary-Ann Winkelmes, Director of Instructional Development and Research and an Associate Graduate Faculty member in the Department of History at the University Nevada, Las Vegas was our guest speaker on Tuesday, March 20th 2018. The 5th annual Innovations in Teaching and Learning Luncheon was co-hosted by the Office for Teaching and Learning (OTL), the […]


Mar 07, 2018
Working with Canvas: Mobile apps, part 1

From ProfTech

If you’ve been following my journal, you know that I’ve been writing about my personal experiences during WSU’s transition to the Canvas LMS from Blackboard. If this is your first one, you may want to look at my other journal entries on This is the first of a two-part series dedicated to the Canvas …


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