Faculty Support

If we can't help you, we know who can. The TLC provides programs and services for individuals and departments interested in high quality teaching that enhances student learning.

Programs

The TLC serves as an umbrella organization for many Rider initiatives focused on teaching, learning and assessment. The aim of BRIDGE (Bridging Research, Instruction, and Discipline-Grounded Epistemologies) is to explore the development of higher order thinking in diverse contexts in all disciplines. IDEAS explores teaching through inquiry in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) disciplines. More information can be found on the Web sites for each of the above programs. SELECT (Science Education and Literacy Center) and CONNECT-ED (CONsortium for New Explorations in Coherent Teacher EDucation) are science and mathematics education initiatives for K-16 teachers. HOIST is a group of faculty and staff dedicated to supporting online instruction. The Mentoring Program pairs new faculty with formal and informal mentors. The Center for Distance Learning and Teaching provides support for faculty teaching online and blended courses and students taking those courses. GIFTT provides grants to faculty making innovative use of instructional technology. The University-wide Assessment Program engages departments and programs in ongoing assessment of learning.

Events

The Bristol-Myers Squibb Center for Science Teaching and Learning, the facility that houses the TLC, hosts events for all departments and disciplines on campus. You can find a list of upcoming events by consulting the Upcoming Events page.

Facilities

There are two classrooms (316 and 317) and two conference rooms (310 and 311) available in the Bristol-Myers Squibb Center for Science Teaching & Learning, as well as a kitchen for food preparation.  Also located in the BMS Center is the Center for Distance Learning and Teaching, which features multiple Windows and Macintosh workstations where faculty can develop materials for distance learning and experiment with relevant technologies. Departments and programs may reserve space, as available, for courses, repeating events, or one-time use in the BMS Center. See the Location, Facilities, and Policy page for more information and a virtual tour.

Teaching and Learning Resources

Located within the Bristol-Myers Squibb Center for Science Teaching and Learning are the TLC’s resource collections, which include print and video materials in areas such as assessment, inquiry-based teaching and learning, cognitive theory, and K-16 science and math teaching and learning.  The video collection is located in the reception area of the Center, and print resources and a selection of periodicals and professional journals related to science and math education and higher education are located in the Center’s Faculty Lounge.  Materials may be used in the Center or faculty may borrow them for extended periods of time.  (Please use the sign-out system and return materials in a timely fashion.)

Many of the materials in the TLC resource collection were funded through grants awarded to the Rider Science Education and Literacy Center (SELECT) by Johnson & Johnson and the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education.

To request/suggest new acquisitions, please e-mail tlc@rider.edu.

Video Conferencing

Rider University has the technology to connect your class/group to any facility, worldwide, that has videoconferencing capabilities. We can connect over dedicated ISDN lines or over the Internet.  The videoconference can be taped for future use and archived for streaming over the Web to your students at Rider. Faculty should contact the registrar or scheduling office to reserve an appropriately configured room. Non-faculty should contact the scheduling office. Also, faculty and staff who control any course or organization sites within the Canvas Learning Management System have the ability to conduct webinars using the Big Blue Button  web conferencing tool. These conferences will be restricted to Rider EasyPass users who are members of a Canvas class site or organization.

Equipment Loans

Contact us at 609-896-5333 or tlc@rider.edu to reserve/borrow equipment. A list of available equipment follows.

  • 2 PowerBook G4 laptops
  • 15 iBook G4 laptops
  • 2 Olympus digital cameras
  • 2 Canon digital camcorders
  • 10 Proscope digital microscopes
  • 60 interwrite Personal Response Units