CiTEL is well and truly open for business. After our official opening in February, we have been settling in to CiTEL with the ongoing acquisition of furniture and installation of technology. We have been delighted to host our first activities and events in the Centre.
On Tuesday 2 May, the first week of our Term 2 teachers’ professional learning program (SCAD - Staff Collaboration & Development time), saw CiTEL abuzz with activity during the CiTEL Staff Orientation afternoon.
The focus of the afternoon was to welcome teaching staff to CiTEL and to provide staff with a ‘taster’ of the many different aspects of CiTEL’s operations. Teachers were encouraged to explore the potential of CiTEL for enhancing their teaching practice and their own professional learning by engaging with a variety of activities and displays.
Learning leaders shared their expertise through short presentations that covered topics such as: Differentiated Learning; The new Student Dashboard for Academic Mentoring; Using Turnitin for drafting towards Effective Feedback; and Getting the most out of Learning Field (LHC’s online textbook platform).
The multiple screens in the Centre were alive with different digital displays: LHC Virtual in Action; the new OneNote Professional Learning Workspace and the Faculty of Arts showcase. The Library showcased its services and recent teacher professional learning acquisitions. Staff had a chance to familiarise themselves with the state-of-the-art touch screen podium technology in the different meeting rooms. Staff toured the CiTEL Studio which was put into action for recording staff commentary on CiTEL and teaching approaches.
Although the physical building of CiTEL is new in 2017, much has been accomplished in CiTEL to date. During 2016 we have seen the growth of an active Professional Learning program and introduction of Tuesday afternoon SCAD sessions; increased collaboration and sharing amongst staff, the LHC Learning Futures research project that will underpin the new Learning Futures Framework (under development) and the establishment of the CiTEL Studio that is building capacity amongst staff for creating their own digital resources for LHC Virtual.
It is a privilege to be the founding Director of CiTEL and to have been a part of the design of the Centre, and bringing it to life. I look forward to continuing to play an integral part in the learning and teaching future of the College, and beyond, as we strive for teaching and academic excellence.
Dr Janet Buchan
Director of CiTEL
It is a privilege to be the founding Director of CiTEL and to have been a part of the design of the Centre, and bringing it to life.