UNT serves over 35,000 students and growing, taught by 2,000 plus instructors. Teaching Commons is a virtual resource and gathering space for connecting anyone with teaching responsibilities at the University of North Texas. Our mission is to build and sustain a culture of teaching excellence across the university that is interdisciplinary, promotes teaching as scholarship, and encourages innovative pedagogical practice. We use Teaching Commons as a platform for UNT instructors by offering:
- Teaching Essentials - collection of resources on time-tested and new developments in teaching and learning scholarship
- Teaching Excellence Handbook - a guide for new instructors and current instructors alike that overviews UNT policies that impact teaching and provides resources for teaching preparation, working with students, and using the learning management system.
- Teaching Commons Podcast - podcast featuring UNT faculty and guests that addresses important teaching and learning issues at UNT and in higher education at large
- Featured Faculty - recognition for faculty and instructors who are highly engaged in student learning and pedagogical practice
Teaching Commons is hosted by the Center for Learning Experimentation, Application, and Research (CLEAR). CLEAR was initially established in 1998 as a service to assist faculty with the development and delivery of distributed learning at UNT. Since that time, CLEAR has expanded services to support all types of instruction at UNT. The Center combines technology resources with expert consultation and personnel in course design/redesign, assessment, pedagogy and many other topics in an effort to provide faculty with "one-stop" support for creating quality courses - regardless of the instructional delivery method.