Frequently Asked Questions:
1. When was the Centre for Teaching and Learning established?
The Centre for Teaching and Learning was established on 30th August 2002 and it became active in September 2004.
2. How is the Centre for Teaching and Learning governed?
The Centre is a vital part of the University of Cyprus. The Vice Rector of Academic Affairs has the overall responsibility for overseeing the Centre. The Centre is governed by a Board, while on a day-to-day basis it is managed by the Director and Deputy Director.
3. Who are the Board members of the Centre for Teaching and Learning?
The Board consists of the following members:
- The Centre's current Director
- The Centre's current Deputy Director
- One academic representative of each of the Faculties
- The Director of the Student Welfare Services
- One representative of the undergraduate students
- One representative of the postgraduate students
4. How many staff members does the Centre for Teaching and Learning have?
The Centre is currently employing two staff members, one University Officer and one Secretary.
5. What is the mission of the Centre for Teaching and Learning?
The mission of the Centre for Teaching and Learning is the support/development of teaching/learning, so that these may correspond to modern needs and internationally compatible and competitive quality criteria.
6. What are the activities of the Centre for Teaching and Learning?
The Centre's main activities are the following:
- Evaluation Questionnaires – the Centre is responsible for the design, development, administration and processing of the questionnaires. The Questionnaire is administered twice a year at the end of each semester and is compulsory for all teaching staff.
- Short Courses for Students – twice a year the Centre organises a series of short courses for students to help them in their studies. The courses include courses to develop study skills, research skills, computer skills etc.
- Workshops for instructors and Orientation Programme – the Centre organises on a regular basis educational seminars and workshops for new and experienced teaching staff. The courses are taught by international experts or by staff from the University.
- Diagnostic Questionnaires – these are administered to first-year students to assess their knowledge level for the subject they will study. The aim is to identify and therefore cover any gaps in their knowledge.
- E-Learning – at the end of 2004 the University approved a general policy for the active promotion of eLearning. Within this policy the Centre is responsible for the organisation of educational workshops and demonstration on how to use eLearning tools from a didactical point of view. The Centre is planning to become more active in the promotion of eLearning once the University's general policy is put into action starting with the employment of a University Officer for eLearning.
- Quality Assurance in Teaching – after reviewing the current quality assurance policies of a number of universities and the procedures put forward by the European Network for Quality Assurance in Higher Education, the Centre has made its own proposals on these two subjects to the University authorities. The Centre is becoming more active in taking action to implement these quality assurance procedures.
- Teaching Excellence Award – The first Award was presented in June 2017.