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INTRODUCTION

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[edit] Welcome Message

This publication is dedicated to all “teachers” at Brock University, whether new to the institution or veteran faculty members. While the Brock Centre for Teaching, Learning and Educational Technologies provided the initiative for the compilation of this handbook, the first edition, published in 1994, was the result of a collaborative effort undertaken by the Centre and a number of Brock faculty and program staff committed to faculty development at our institution.

Our thanks to all members of the Brock community who contributed to this resource in all its previous editions. A quick reference guide of teaching practices, strategies and tips is always useful and we hope this handbook will continue to evolve over the years to be truly reflective of good teaching at Brock.

To that end we would encourage you to share your strategies with your colleagues and us by dropping in for a visit to the Centre in TH253A. Tell us what works – or what doesn’t – in your classroom. Browse through our collection of web links, resources and books, or come out to one of the faculty development workshops offered throughout the year. Continuing the reflective dialogue about our classroom, and sharing what we do, makes for great learning – and teaching.

We wish you a successful and rewarding teaching experience at Brock.

Maureen Connolly, Director, E-mail: mconnollyATbrocku.ca, Ext. 4707, TH 253C

Jill Grose, Associate Director, E-mail: jgroseATbrocku.ca, Ext. 4392, TH 253D

Wanda Gilmore, Resource Coordinator, E-mail: wgilmoreATbrocku.ca, Ext. 3933, TH 253B

Matt Clare, Educational Technology Support Specialist, E-mail: matt.clareATbrocku.ca, Ext 4734, SBH 315

Giulia Forsythe, Special Projects Facilitator, E-mail: gforsytheATbrocku.ca, Ext. 3599, SBH 317

[edit] About the CTLET

The mandate of the Centre for Teaching, Learning, and Educational Technologies is to support, promote and advance the quality of teaching at Brock University. The Centre is administratively independent of any faculty.

[edit] Brock University Mission Statement

Brock University flourishes through the scholarly, creative, and professional achievements of its students, faculty and staff. Offering a range of undergraduate and graduate programs, Brock fosters teaching, and research of the highest quality. As a diverse and inclusive community, we contribute positively to Canada and beyond through our imagination, innovation and commitment.

http://www.brocku.ca/mission/

[edit] Basic Information on Brock

Demographics: Brock University was named for General Sir Isaac Brock, who lost his life at Queenston Heights during the War of 1812. His last words are said to have been "Surgite! Push on!" which have become the University's motto. Brock opened its doors in 1964. The first seven courses in English, French, Geography, History, Mathematics and General Science were taught in a downtown St. Catharines church until the University could occupy its first quarters in a renovated refrigerator plant at the bottom of the Niagara Escarpment. Several years later, the campus moved to new buildings at the brow of the Niagara Escarpment, most prominent among them the Schmon Tower (named for Arthur Schmon, who headed the Brock University Founders' Committee). Today Brock has seven Faculties, a number of interdisciplinary programs, and offers graduate degrees in all Faculties. In 2007, the University had 577 faculty members/ instructors and 831 permanent staff. There were 17,006 students, 13 623 full-time and 3,383 part-time students. In 2007, there were a total of 1,259 graduate students. Brock University was built with the financial and moral support of the entire Niagara community. The University is the seventh largest regional employer. The community has full access to athletic facilities, the Centre for the Arts and the Library. For more detailed information, see the publication Brock Facts, issued annually by the Office of Institutional Analysis.

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