Meet the CIS
Focused on optimizing student success, the CIS team is pleased to assist faculty in exploring new ways of connecting students with content and engaging them in the learning process. This brief video illustrates how we see our role in the SOU community.
We share the University’s commitment to create a challenging and practical liberal arts education centered on student learning, accessibility, and civic engagement. Our services and programs are designed to create community and support student success, intellectual growth and ability to exercise responsible global citizenship. We fulfill our commitment by:
- providing leadership in instructional efforts
- promoting best teaching practices in a range of learning environments, and
- monitoring emerging trends in pedagogy and effective use of technology for teaching and learning.
The Center for Instructional Support has established the following objectives:
Develop a portfolio of services, events, projects, resources and programs that is based on ongoing comprehensive needs assessment, in collaboration with academic programs and support services, and through consultation with a broad range of stakeholders.
Establish the CIS as a recognized and utilized resource on campus for all aspects of teaching practices (including instructional strategies and use of learning technologies) as well as curriculum development and course and program design.
Promote the adoption of teaching practices by faculty who participate in CIS activities that have a positive impact on student success by helping instructors gather, analyze, and reflect on information about their teaching.
Improve student success through changes in teaching practices as a result of faculty participation in CIS activities.
- Advocate for consideration of instructional support issues, where relevant, as part of institutional decision-making about policies, processes, priorities and allocation of resources.
Our process for achieving these goals follows this illustration (to view as a presentation, open this link and click on PRESENTATION MODE in the upper right corner.)