Education at OHSU

Teaching and Learning Center

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Our Mission

The Teaching and Learning Center partners with all members of the education community to create meaningful, innovative, and evidence-based learning.

Our Values

  • Applying ethics of care to all our work
  • Acting on social justice
  • Promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Creating a curious mindset and space for innovation
  • Generating scholarship

For Educators

OHSU's learning management system, Sakai, is a suite of web-based tools supporting communication and collaboration across learning environments. Sakai supports more than 400 courses each term in distributing course materials, providing a platform for the exchange of information through course-specific announcements, submitting assignments, and providing a digital space for collaboration. The Teaching and Learning Center is home the Sakai Help Desk that provides technical support and facilitates system maintenance for Sakai.

The TLC's educational technology specialists are available to consult, collaborate with, and train faculty to effectively use iPad applications to support instruction and enhance learning environments. We can arrange 1:1 meetings as well as group workshops.

Accessibility Resource Center
The Accessibility Resource Center provides resources to help you create course content for all learners. Some accessibility guidelines, such as alt text for images, are specific requirements for online content in compliance with the law. Other guidelines, such as principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), help to improve the education experience for all learners.

Blue is the course and instructional effectiveness tool used by OHSU. While it is for summative course evaluations, it can be used for preceptor, clinical skills, or lecture evaluations. Courses and instructors in all schools and programs are evaluated using Blue. Evaluations of courses and instructors are built each term, for each school.

Train Your Brain
Train Your Brain is a learning series hosted by the Teaching and Learning Center. We cover a variety of educational topics, including test design, teaching and learning strategies, assessment, outcome measurement, curriculum mapping, Sakai tips and tricks, and Quality Matters training. Content experts will come to you to present on the topic(s) of your choosing. We're happy to conduct sessions at departmental meetings, retreats, or simply as requested. Sessions can be expanded or condensed to fit your preferred timing and scope, but most are 30-60 minutes by default. Current offerings and detailed descriptions are available in our flyer.

Assessment Academy
Assessment Academy, hosted by the Teaching and Learning Center, is a workshop series intended to provide opportunities for participants to improve practice-based learning skills through participation in effective educational activities that promote lifelong learning. Current offerings and detailed descriptions are available in our flyer.

Fundamentals of Teaching and Learning Online
Fundamentals of Teaching and Learning Online is an 8-module series that introduces faculty and future faculty to online course design and teaching practices. It is based on Quality Matters, the benchmark for nationally recognized quality assurance and continuous improvement in online education. The series is facilitated by four faculty from the Teaching and Learning Center.

Curriculum mapping
The Teaching and Learning Center works with faculty to provide insight and expertise in curricular assessment, evaluation and mapping.

Assessment consultation
We can help you design well-written test questions and assessments aligned with learning outcomes. We also can coach you on question and test analytics to determine any areas for improvements.

Online course development
The Teaching and Learning Center's course designers are equipped to assist in all your online course needs, whether it's building a course from scratch or revamping an existing course to meet best practices in online learning. We also offer new faculty training and consultation on how best to utilize the Sakai course management system.

For Students

Student Academic Support Services at OHSU supports students as they adapt their study and personal habits to the demands of being a student at OHSU. Often academic success can be achieved through changes in the way in which students approach their learning early in their program. To learn more about their resources, visit the SASS Homepage.

Training Future Faculty is a program that supports teaching excellence by providing training to graduate students and post-doctorate scholars through workshops, peer coaching, and professional development in education. 

To learn more about engaging with our services, visit our O2 intranet site (requires login with OHSU credentials).