Yale University : New Haven, CT
Helping young people prepare to thrive in the new normal of perpetual change demands new programs that advance the evolution of the educational process.
These programs need architecture that enables new pedagogies and creates laboratories to reinvent them, approaching teaching and learning as experimental, iterative processes with students themselves as change agents.
Yale’s new Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) illustrates the special opportunities and challenges of programming and designing for these dynamic programs and their transitioning organizations.
Yale assembled CTL from previously separate groups devoted to helping students study, write, and research, and faculty to teach and use instructional technology, to create an organization for improving student, faculty, and staff learning, teaching, and working holistically.
Yale’s decision to locate CTL in Sterling Memorial Library gives it visibility and accessibility, symbolizing its importance to the University and equipping Sterling to join other evolving libraries as a collaboration center.
The resulting facility creates a welcoming, inspiring place for fostering community centered on innovative teaching and learning.