Welcome to the CTLR

The Center for Teaching, Learning & Research offers a wide range of services for students, faculty, and staff. Its professional staff and student tutors support academic skills enhancement for students in many areas. The CTLR supports undergraduate research in a number of ways, provides expert guidance about fellowship opportunities, and sponsors faculty development programming. Located in the Davis Family Library, the CTLR is also the home of the Academic Technology Team and the Digital Liberal Arts Initiative.

The CTLR is open from 8 am-midnight on Monday-Thursday, 8 am-5 pm on Friday, and 7 pm-midnight on Sunday.

Connecting with the CTLR

Make an appointment with CTLR professional staff or faculty for help with writing, math skills, time management, and study skills at go/appt, stop by or call CTLR (802-443-3131) to make an appointment. Plan ahead by making appointments in advance.

The CTLR is normally open during Fall and Spring Term:

  • Sunday from 7 pm - Midnight
  • Monday - Thursday from 8 am to Midnight
  • Friday from 8 am - 5 pm
  • Saturday closed

Peer Writing Tutors are available in the fall and spring semesters for drop-in tutoring from 7:30 to midnight Sunday -- Thursday in CTLR and some evenings in the Commons starting the second week of classes.

Drop-in Peer Tutoring is also available for many introductory courses. Sessions are held at CTLR and across campus. Check the Drop-in Tutoring Schedule for more information.


Tutoring through CTLR

CTLR provides tutoring in several different ways depending on the program:

  • Faculty or professional staff appointments
  • Individual peer tutor appointments
  • Scheduled peer tutor drop-in sessions
  • Tutor-led study groups and review sessions
  • Assigned first-year seminar tutors

To find out more information about the individual tutoring programs, select the type of tutoring you need from the menu on the right.

History

The case study for Middlebury College's January 2003 participation in the Wharton/IRHE Program on Leadership in Higher Education helps articulate a mission for the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Research; to integrate a portion of the programs central to teaching and learning at Middlebury and to house them in the new library:

"The digital revolution has, if anything, helped usher in an age when intellectual inquiry entails fewer contacts with people outside one's own domain. At the same time, many of the questions being asked and pursued on the forefronts of knowledge…require collaboration among academic disciplines. If a library as a physical amalgamation of resources seems outmoded in one sense, it nonetheless embodies the kinds of academic syntheses required to address a growing number of complex societal problems."

Such intellectual inquiry and academic synthesis are the goals of a liberal arts college, and Middlebury is well situated to integrate its curricular, service, and even physical resources within a new model for teaching, learning, and research. In a digital environment, research, teaching, and learning increasingly occur on a continuum in both virtual and physical space, at all hours of the day, independently and in collaboration, with all members of an educational community involved in all three activities. But this continuum, introduced by digital technology, can be reflected in even more areas of curriculum, in academic services, and in residential life. The Center for Teaching, Learning and Research, which integrates and supports our work together as an educational community, offers us all more options for conscious growth as learners and teachers and for informed use of ever-changing technologies and resources.

Integrating research, curriculum, and support in The Center for Teaching, Learning, and Research is a step toward the academic synthesis a 21st century liberal arts college can offer both its own community members and society at large. The new library provides us with an unusual opportunity to rethink the collaboration and coordination patterns among our learning, teaching and research resources at Middlebury, and to achieve greater visibility for learning as a lifetime responsibility.

The Center incorporates the offices of the Asst. Dean for Instruction, the College Writing Program, the Writing Center, Learning Resources, Peer Tutoring, the First-Year Seminar Program, and Sponsored Research.

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History

The case study for Middlebury College's January 2003 participation in the Wharton/IRHE Program on Leadership in Higher Education helps articulate a mission for the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Research; to integrate a portion of the programs central to teaching and learning at Middlebury and to house them in the new library:

"The digital revolution has, if anything, helped usher in an age when intellectual inquiry entails fewer contacts with people outside one's own domain. At the same time, many of the questions being asked and pursued on the forefronts of knowledge…require collaboration among academic disciplines. If a library as a physical amalgamation of resources seems outmoded in one sense, it nonetheless embodies the kinds of academic syntheses required to address a growing number of complex societal problems."

Such intellectual inquiry and academic synthesis are the goals of a liberal arts college, and Middlebury is well situated to integrate its curricular, service, and even physical resources within a new model for teaching, learning, and research. In a digital environment, research, teaching, and learning increasingly occur on a continuum in both virtual and physical space, at all hours of the day, independently and in collaboration, with all members of an educational community involved in all three activities. But this continuum, introduced by digital technology, can be reflected in even more areas of curriculum, in academic services, and in residential life. The Center for Teaching, Learning and Research, which integrates and supports our work together as an educational community, offers us all more options for conscious growth as learners and teachers and for informed use of ever-changing technologies and resources.

Integrating research, curriculum, and support in The Center for Teaching, Learning, and Research is a step toward the academic synthesis a 21st century liberal arts college can offer both its own community members and society at large. The new library provides us with an unusual opportunity to rethink the collaboration and coordination patterns among our learning, teaching and research resources at Middlebury, and to achieve greater visibility for learning as a lifetime responsibility.

The Center incorporates the offices of the Asst. Dean for Instruction, the College Writing Program, the Writing Center, Learning Resources, Peer Tutoring, the First-Year Seminar Program, and Sponsored Research.

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Our Mission

The Center for Teaching, Learning, and Research aims to design, develop and integrate resources that enrich learning and teaching at Middlebury,and to provide a locus for conversations, both within the Middlebury community and with other institutions, about excellence and innovation in a residential liberal arts education.

History

The case study for Middlebury College's January 2003 participation in the Wharton/IRHE Program on Leadership in Higher Education helps articulate a mission for the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Research; to integrate a portion of the programs central to teaching and learning at Middlebury and to house them in the new library:

"The digital revolution has, if anything, helped usher in an age when intellectual inquiry entails fewer contacts with people outside one's own domain. At the same time, many of the questions being asked and pursued on the forefronts of knowledge…require collaboration among academic disciplines. If a library as a physical amalgamation of resources seems outmoded in one sense, it nonetheless embodies the kinds of academic syntheses required to address a growing number of complex societal problems."

Such intellectual inquiry and academic synthesis are the goals of a liberal arts college, and Middlebury is well situated to integrate its curricular, service, and even physical resources within a new model for teaching, learning, and research. In a digital environment, research, teaching, and learning increasingly occur on a continuum in both virtual and physical space, at all hours of the day, independently and in collaboration, with all members of an educational community involved in all three activities. But this continuum, introduced by digital technology, can be reflected in even more areas of curriculum, in academic services, and in residential life. The Center for Teaching, Learning and Research, which integrates and supports our work together as an educational community, offers us all more options for conscious growth as learners and teachers and for informed use of ever-changing technologies and resources.

Integrating research, curriculum, and support in The Center for Teaching, Learning, and Research is a step toward the academic synthesis a 21st century liberal arts college can offer both its own community members and society at large. The new library provides us with an unusual opportunity to rethink the collaboration and coordination patterns among our learning, teaching and research resources at Middlebury, and to achieve greater visibility for learning as a lifetime responsibility.

The Center incorporates the offices of the Dean for Faculty Development & Research, Associate Dean for Fellowships & Research, the Writing Center, Learning Resources, and Peer Tutoring.

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The Importance of Writing at Middlebury

The Writing Program supports the teaching of writing by organizing and encouraging College-wide involvement in writing across the curriculum. All academic departments participate in the College Writing Program, offering "writing intensive" courses within the major and in the First-Year Seminar Program. And members of our staff participate in lunch meetings, open to all faculty and instructors, on the teaching of writing.

Digital Liberal Arts

CTLR is collaborating with the Library in a new, exciting Digital Liberal Arts initiative. See discussions at the Digital Scholarship blog.

Teaching Resources (archive)

The Center for Teaching, Learning, and Research hosts discussions, round tables, and talks about teaching at Middlebury and beyond. 

Pedagogy Enrichment Fund

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the Center for Teaching, Learning & Research, I am pleased to announce the Pedagogy Enrichment Fund. This fund is designed to support new directions in teaching. Those new departures could range from preparing new modules in a course to developing new courses to exploring new approaches to teaching and learning.  The fund could, for instance, cover the costs for attending a workshop or conference on pedagogy, for materials for a new class exercise (such as charges associated with a class-wide poster session), or for bringing to campus an expert on some aspect of curricular development.

If interested, submit an application online at go/pef. Questions can be directed toward JoAnn Brewer (brewer@middlebury.edu).

The fund has two tracks. Requests for funding under $500 will be reviewed on a weekly basis. Requests ranging from $500 to $1500 will be reviewed at the beginning of each month. Proposals will be reviewed until the fund is exhausted.Those awarded funding will be expected to file a report to CTLR on the impact of support from the Pedagogy Enrichment Fund.

Sincerely,

Jim

James Ralph
Director, Center for Teaching, Learning & Research