The Center for Effective Teaching and Learning was created to help fulfill the commitment of California State University, Los Angeles to assist and to promote excellence in teaching which leads to successful and meaningful learning. Through the development of an optimal learning environment, the University affords students an equal opportunity to succeed regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, disability, or culture. By pursuing research, development, and dissemination of new teaching modes and instructional technology, the Center contributes to the retention and success of students.
Through the Center for Effective Teaching and Learning, the University acknowledges the members of the faculty as its most important asset and invests in their intellectual, professional, and instructional development. The Center, as a campus-wide resource, provides a variety of services to assist CSLA faculty members to maximize their teaching effectiveness in a multicultural, multilingual environment. Such services include: networking with and acknowledging effective teachers, aiding faculty members in initiating and integrating educational research in their classrooms, mentoring of new faculty members, and informing faculty members in the use of instructional technology.
The Center serves to bridge the gap between research and teaching by establishing models and criteria of effective teaching. In fulfillment of the mandate of the Master Plan, the Center conducts research in teaching and learning at the postsecondary level. The Center provides a unique opportunity to establish national models and programs that reflect the richness and diversity of the members of the CSLA faculty and student body.
History and Contributions