Faculty Commons

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Planning is underway for Faculty Commons. The goal is to bring together a wide range of University of Delaware teaching resources in one place where faculty can:

Staff from a collection of campus support units will be on site to work with faculty individually or to determine the best course of action and the appropriate team for larger efforts. The commons will also be available if faculty just need a place to work or meet with colleagues outside their office.

The Faculty Commons online presence will be a compendium of resources from partnering support units as well as faculty. It will deliver self-service and staff-assisted help, best practices from UD and elsewhere, collected calendars, training sessions, and funding opportunities, all within an online environment conducive to community building among faculty.

Where? Pearson Hall 116.

When? Opening soon. More info will be available as the opening approaches.

Interested? Let us know what Faculty Commons can do for you by answering this one question survey.
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Many resources, one address

A shared space for teaching and support

University of Delaware has a rich set of resources for teaching, but finding your way to them may involve deciphering an organizational chart or an alphabet soup of acronyms.

Faculty Commons is a shared space that will represent every unit on campus that is involved in the support of teaching and those who teach credit courses.

Principally, those units are:

  • Academic Technology Services (ATS)
  • Center for Teaching and Assessment of Learning (CTAL)
  • Institute for Transforming Undergraduate Education (ITUE)
  • Library - Reference and Instructional Services
  • Library - Multimedia Collections and Services
Additionally, it will involve:
  • Delaware Design Institute (DDI),
  • Interdisciplinary Humanities Resource Center (IHRC),
  • Interdisciplinary Science Learning Laboratories (ISLL),
  • Professional & Continuing Studies (PCS),
  • IT Client Support & Services (CS&S),
  • IT University Media Services (UMS),
  • Office of Service Learning (OSL),
  • Student Multimedia Design Center (SMDC),
  • and others.




Learning environment

Come to learn...

At Faculty Commons, faculty can learn from support staff, other faculty, or by participating in an event.

Faculty and instructors will have an opportunity to define their teaching needs and receive assistance across the represented units in a variety of flexible and informal spaces.

The flexible learning space will include an experimental or concept classroom. This classroom will function as a blank slate with plenty of furniture and technology options for faculty to draw upon and arrange to suit their needs. The space can be configured to try out new approaches in classroom instruction, to innovate with emerging technologies, and to model configurations that merit wider adoptions across campus.

The flexible learning space also has implications for teaching online. Faculty will be able to explore the best way of interacting with students, presenting content, and evaluating learning in an online environment.




Gathering place

...stay for coffee.

Learning is a social activity. One of the first things you'll notice about Faculty Commons is that it's designed for comfort and camaraderie. Faculty will be able to relax with a hot or cold beverage, settle in comfortably, and chat with others who have a passion for teaching. Perhaps you're interested in another place to get work done outside the office—you're welcome to stop by and take advantage of the flexible workspace arrangements.

The supporting units are looking forward to getting acquainted with faculty who are interested in new possibilities.



Online companion

Visit the Faculty Commons online.

The Faculty Commons online presence will be a compendium of resources from partnering support units as well as faculty. It will deliver self-service and staff-assisted help, best practices from UD and elsewhere, collected calendars, training sessions, and funding opportunities, all within an online environment conducive to community building among faculty.




Defined by faculty

It's what you make it.

Faculty Commons is a new concept on campus and it's presence is still being defined. We look forward to faculty participation and input on what should be included, best delivery mechanisms, and how to evolve the site to best meet the changing needs of faculty.