Colorado State University-Pueblo students studying in the General Classroom Building
The Center for Teaching & Learning, while designed to support faculty professional and pedagogical development, also sponsors a number of programs that directly impact student learning outcomes. In addition to supporting the creation and management of rigorous, high-quality online and hybrid General Education courses taught by full-time and tenure-track faculty members, the CTL also offers “CTL” courses. The CTL courses are typically “short” courses, which often last only 4-8 weeks that are designed to be interdisciplinary in nature and to appeal to faculty, staff, students, and our civic-minded community members – all at a reduced or no-cost rate – taught by experts in diverse fields. Finally, each summer, the CTL hosts an intensive MAESTRO student program. This program serves as a “bridge” or “recovery” program for general education credits for CSU-Pueblo new or returning freshmen. MAESTRO, named for the federal grant that fuels the work of the CTL, immerses students in place-based learning methodology and utilizes a “one-room-schoolhouse” model of instruction – blending writing, history, and even math into a seamless summer experience for dedicated students.