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

Aug 25, 2015
Cool Tools for Blackboard

From ProfTech

For faculty who use Blackboard there is a whole set of resources to help you make the most of this powerful teaching tool. The Faculty Resource Tab:     Check out the Quick Start Guides on that page, which has one-page guides on the crucial stuff: Work with Respondus Test Building software Request a Combined […]

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Aug 20, 2015
Some additional notes about Outlook 365

From ProfTech

By the time you read this, many of us will have been switched over to the new Microsoft-based email system. And, of course, with any new system, there are both things to learn, new features that are cool, old features whose absence is annoying, and the occasional bug. Here are a few things to be aware […]

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Aug 10, 2015
Thoughts and tips on using Academica

From ProfTech

Academica has been the University’s official portal for a few days now, and the Feedback section has been filling up with likes, dislikes and assorted comments. I’ve combed through the comments so far and have a few thoughts I’d like to share. Appearance First, there is the notion of a ‘portal’. In contemporary computing terms, […]

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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