Yale’s Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) celebrated its grand opening on Jan. 27 in 24,000 square feet of renovated space in Sterling Memorial Library. From dedicated tutoring rooms to public touch down areas, the CTL has created a unified hub of activity dedicated to advancing the University’s teaching and learning mission.
“The first goal, of the seven goals for the university, is to be the research university most committed to teaching and learning,” said [Yale U. President Peter] Salovey during his remarks. “The wonderful aspect of this space … is what happens when you bring programs together that previously were segregated in separate spaces. They find each other and then they invite new ways of working together, and that leads to innovation.”
The $10 million capital improvement project kicked off in August 2014. The project was led by Yale Facilities. Newman Architects and Standard Builders were selected to complete the project which included renovations to the Irving S. Gilmore Music Library and the creation of a central corridor from the newly opened 301 York St. entrance to the Nave in Sterling Memorial Library.
The CTL has 20-plus rooms or areas designed for collaborative meetings, classes, workshops, and one-to-one or small group tutoring. Each room incorporates mobile furniture to allow people to easily arrange the rooms in new ways. Smaller rooms have fixed screens and writable surfaces on the walls, and larger rooms use media carts in place of fixed projectors.
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