In 2017 Frontier Nursing University (FNU) launched its Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning (CITL) to build on FNU’s reputation of providing quality instruction based on excellent teaching practices. Since then, the CITL has been improving instruction practices and delivery methods for Frontier students and faculty.
The main focus of the CITL is to provide professional development opportunities to faculty so they can provide the best possible instruction to FNU students. Faculty can rely on the CITL to provide expertise regarding course design, development, and alignment, as well as simulations or any other topic related to teaching and learning. With the help of instructional coaches, library resources, and technology assistance, FNU faculty are equipped to provide a high-quality education to all students.
One way that CITL strives to improve learning at FNU is through the implementation of technology and online learning platforms. This year, the CITL is rolling out a new system to capture lectures for distance learners that includes captioning, YouTube video features, quiz capabilities and more. Thanks to CITL, Frontier students are learning through the use of cutting-edge educational technology.
Because Frontier has such a unique distance learning model, it is critical that FNU faculty are up to date on best teaching practices for distance learning. The CITL provides resources and training for faculty on ways to incorporate effective teaching strategies, such as active learning, in a distance learning format. Faculty and Staff learn about these innovative practices and new educational technology through the faculty focused newsletters. The CITL even creates student focused newsletters to ensure that all parts of the Frontier family are receiving the best possible information on educational advancement.
At Frontier, our faculty and staff are not willing to settle for the status quo when it comes to education. We are constantly seeking new, innovative teaching methods and programs that will engage students and provide them with real-world applications. We are excited to see how the CITL makes this innovation and growth possible!