The Penn Libraries is pleased to announce the opening of a significant new space devoted to teaching and learning, located on the first floor of Van Pelt Library and encompassing the Center for Teaching and Learning, the Online Learning Initiative, and the Center for Learning Analytics.

Co-located in Van Pelt Library, these three centers will have greater opportunities to work closely with our Office of Teaching, Research, and Learning Services, a key driver of innovative educational technologies across campus, especially the highly successful launch and widespread adoption of Canvas.  They will also draw on the Weigle Information Commons, Vitale Digital Media Lab, and Collaborative Classroom to create a truly interconnected  of activities that collectively advance teaching and learning at Penn.

Director of Teaching, Research and Learning Services, Kim Eke is excited to have colleagues from CTL and OLI next door. Eke explains that, “Being co-located will help us leverage our strengths and share ideas better and faster than we could previously.” In the coming year ahead, Eke predicts we will see interesting projects, examples, and innovations resulting from the collective efforts and perspectives present in the new space.

“This dynamic new space represents a major leap forward for teaching and learning at Penn,” said Provost Vincent Price.  “It brings together the expertise of these vital resources for online and in-class education, placing them at the heart of campus and providing greater opportunities for them to share ideas, collaborate with the Penn Libraries, and work more closely with faculty and students across our twelve Schools.”

“We at the Penn Libraries are pleased to welcome our new colleagues and look forward to many years of fruitful collaboration in support of teaching and learning at Penn,” says Director and Vice Provost of Libraries Carton Rogers.