By Jennifer Jean-Brice Vales
Have you heard of the Teaching and Learning Support Service (TLSS)? Even if the name doesn’t ring a bell, you should know that this service has been on campus for over 15 years! Professors seeking expert advice on university teaching are the TLSS’s primary clients. Over the years, the TLSS structure and services have evolved to meet the needs of the academic staff it serves.
The following 10 points briefly summarize everything you need to know about the TLSS today:
- The TLSS is the only university service that helps professors improve their teaching skills, design courses to meet student needs and enrich their students’ learning experience
- The seventy members of the TLSS team include educational developers, instructional designers, technicians, photographers, graphic designers, website designers, classroom designers, video directors and producers, web programmers and training officers
- Although TLSS workshops are primarily aimed at professors, any member of the University community interested in teaching and learning (including administrative staff members, graduate students, post-doctoral students, teaching assistants, department or program directors) is welcome to attend their free training sessions and monthly lectures
- The TLSS also offers a poster printing service, and advice on graphic design and video production
- The TLSS manages the University’s learning management system, namely Virtual Campus and Blackboard Learn
- Most TLSS services are free, and those that are not free are very inexpensive
- The TLSS has designed interactive classrooms equipped with the latest technology, including a collaborative classroom in Room 286 of Louis Pasteur Hall and the Ian G. Scott Courtroom
- The TLSS ensures that online courses, distance learning and blended learning courses run smoothly
- Thanks to the experts at the TLSS, the University of Ottawa will soon be offering its very first Massive Online Open Course (MOOC)!
- The TLSS had a banner year in 2015, winning five prizes including one for an eco-citizen initiative in partnership with the David Suzuki Foundation