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UI teaching center holds open house at new location Oct. 8

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Center for Teaching will host an open house from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8 to celebrate the center's move to its new location on the fourth floor of the UI Main Library.

The event is open to the public.

The new space, located at the south end of the fourth floor of the Main Library, includes computer workstations for faculty and graduate teaching assistants, a conference area for small group and one-on-one sessions, and expanded office space. The center is moving from the Iowa Memorial Union.

Tom Rocklin, director of the center, says he hopes the new location will improve access for faculty and instructors as well as improve the kinds of services the center can provide.

"We think the location in the Main Library is ideal because of the library's central role in the lives of faculty and graduate teaching assistants," Rocklin says. "The location also is ideal because it allows us to work very closely with the Libraries and Information Technology Services, two of our biggest partners in providing programming and support for instructors on campus."

Founded in 1996, the Center for Teaching is part of the UI's efforts to enhance undergraduate education by providing programs, seminars, and training sessions on teaching for faculty and graduate teaching assistants.

The center is a sponsor of several programs to improve teaching, including "New Technologies in the Learning Environment," ("nTITLE'), a program designed to train faculty to use new technologies more effectively in their courses. The summer workshops, co-sponsored by University Libraries and Information Technology Services, annually teach as many as 120 faculty how to use the Internet, the World Wide Web and other computer and communications technology in their teaching.

The center also sponsors a series of seminars called "Talking About Teaching," a series of video presentations, as well as other workshops for faculty and graduate teaching assistants.

For more information, contact the Center for Teaching at (319) 335-0757; email: Or visit the website: