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

Sep 22, 2016
Creative Commons Seeks to Weigh In on “NonCommercial” License Lawsuit

From Copyright@WSULS

A recently-filed lawsuit may be forcing the re-evaluation of “NonCommercial” Creative Commons licenses, an aspect of the licensing system that has long been viewed as comparatively nebulous. For those unfamiliar, Creative Commons (CC) is a nonprofit organization that has, for over a decade, sought to make the often-complex world of licensing copyrighted materials a bit […]

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Sep 06, 2016
FTC Files Complaint Against Publisher OMICS Group, Among Others

From Scholars Cooperative

On August 25, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed a complaint against three related academic publishers, OMICS Group, iMedPub, and Conference Series, along with their president and director,  Srinubabu Gedela. The complaint provides a laundry list of extremely concerning behaviors on the part of the publishers, most of which involve lying to submitting authors. After […]

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Aug 31, 2016
Elsevier: Patent Troll as well as Publisher?

From Scholars Cooperative

It would seem that I am doomed to continue writing about Elsevier. It was announced yesterday that the academic publishing giant had been awarded the patent for “online peer review system and method” by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The full patent is available here, but the abstract for the patent reads about […]

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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