Support for University Teaching at Caltech is housed within the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Outreach, including expert programs and consultations on teaching, course and curriculum design, inclusive practices, assessment of learning, educational innovation, and instructional technology.
Signature programs and services on University Teaching include:
- Large-scale programs engaging the entire campus community in evidence-based teaching, such as the annual fall Teaching Conference and TeachWeek.
- Cohort programs for faculty, graduate students, postdocs, and others, addressing topics such as course design, evidence-based teaching, and discipline-specific teaching.
- Specialized consultations and training for instructors, teaching assistants (TAs), and others.
The CTLO works with faculty, TAs, and others to support the Institute's educational outcomes:
- Graduates can analyze, synthesize, and communicate ideas.
- Graduates demonstrate integrity, personal and professional responsibility, and respect for others.
- Bachelor of Science graduates can identify, analyze, and solve challenging problems within and across science and engineering disciplines.
- Bachelor of Science graduates can apply their analytic skills to other areas of knowledge and understand issues important in our society.
- Master of Science graduates can apply advanced knowledge in a specialized area in preparation for their professional careers.
- Doctor of Philosophy graduates can independently identify, analyze, and solve fundamental research problems with breadth and depth.
At the undergraduate level, we regularly work with faculty teaching courses in the academic options (i.e., majors), as well as the Core Curriculum, which provides the following learning opportunities and student learning outcomes:
- Substantive experience in problem solving, collaboration, and communication. Students will be able to:
a. Manage increasing academic challenges while developing resilience and confidence.
b. Develop and satisfy their intellectual curiosity.
c. Collaborate effectively and ethically, recognizing diverse models of academic collaboration
d. Communicate to a range of audiences through a variety of media.
- A broad and rigorous foundation in the sciences. Students will be able to:
a. Demonstrate understanding of foundational concepts from the sciences.
b. Use disciplinary thinking, analytical skills, and a range of methods in the sciences.
c. Apply their knowledge and skills to diverse problems within and across disciplines.
- Significant study in the humanities and social sciences. Students will be able to:
a. Explore and expand upon learning in fields beyond intended areas of specialization.
b. Appreciate and understand the contributions of the humanities, social sciences, and arts to human endeavors.
c. Engage in informed analysis of cultural, political, and economic issues.