Teaching & Learning Services
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UCLA's Teaching and Learning Services (TLS) strives to:
- foster a spirit of inquiry and analysis, especially through engagement with cultural heritage materials and digital technologies;
- make visible student research and creative work;
- encourage interdisciplinary connections;
- and model ethical participation in the global environment.
By embracing roles for the library that include that of laboratory, museum, gallery, performance space, and civic meeting site, TLS is actively developing new library services that seek to support the "whole” 21st-century student, who must learn not only to find and analyze reliable information, but also to develop their own interests as they relate to research areas, problem solve, work in teams, use digital tools and technologies to make and create new knowledge, and engage in multicultural communities.
Informed by modern pedagogical approaches, such as inquiry-based learning, peer-to-peer learning, and game-based learning, library services support high-impact learning opportunities (first-year seminars, capstone courses, etc.) offered in the College, as well as online learning via UCLA’s online course management system (CCLE) and the open web.
TLS also informs strategic directions for library collections and learning spaces needed to support UCLA’s educational mission.
In order to foster a community of practice about teaching and learning, TLS is also offering workshops and programs for librarians, staff, faculty, and graduate students on such topics as how to create a teaching philosophy statement, promote active-learning in instructional settings, and collect evidence of student learning.
Collaborative partners include the College of Letters and Science (Undergraduate Research Centers, Freshman Cluster Program, etc.), in which the vast majority of UCLA undergraduate students are enrolled, Student Affairs (Office of Residential Life, First Year Experience, etc.), Writing Programs, Academic Advancement Program, and many others. Importantly, TLS is also partnering with faculty innovators involved in emerging areas of the curricula, including Digital Humanities, and works closely with the Center for Art of Performance and other campus and community programs, in order to advance support for student creativity.