Online Resources at Worcester State
Curriculum: Worcester State launched a new general education curriculum in the 2009-2010 academic year. Prior to that, students completed a General Education Program of foundation and distribution requirements. Students entering Fall 2009 and later (and transfer students after 2012) complete the Liberal Arts and Science Curriculum (LASC), which is built around eight content areas and twelve overarching outcomes of liberal education.
Course Approval Process: All new courses need to be submitted to the College's Governance committees, namely the All University Committee (AUC) and the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee (UCC). In addition, any course (new or existing) that you'd like to be included in LASC goes through the LASC Advisory Board and a review committee for its relevant content area. Governance Forms (WSU login required) and a more complete explanation of this process are found together at the Governance Teamsite.
Human Subjects Research Board: If your research involves human subjects, you'll work through the HSRB. Worcester State uses the online submission program at IRBNet.org. Full guidelines and forms are available through the Grants Office or at the WSU HSRB website.
The WSU Library has created useful resource guides, teaching helps and other materials to support teaching and learning at the college. Learn more about them at the Faculty Page of the library's website. The Library staff also writes a blog highlighting new additions and developments at the Library.
Campus Bookstore: In addition to the textbook and e-textbook adoption services, the campus bookstore can also help faculty develop a CoursePack or custom course reader. Click here to learn more.
Mini Grants: The WSU Faculty Mini-Grant Program, a joint effort of the offices of Academic Affairs and Institutional Advancement, promotes both scholarly and creative pursuits. Established in 1999, the program distributes approximately $100,000 annually to advance academic research and creative excellence.
In 2008, Worcester State established an online peer-reviewed journal of teaching and learning called Currents in Teaching and Learning. The editor is Dr. Josna Rege (English Department) and members of the university also serve on the editorial and advisory boards; submissions to the journal come from all over the world.
The Center for Teaching and Learning runs frequent workshops for faculty looking to improve their teaching, write/revise syllabi, and develop their courses. We will soon be posting some of our most requested tutorials, handouts and presentations, including:
- How to Write Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
- PowerPoint Best Practices
- Creating a Dynamic First Year Seminar
- Teaching with Technology