Our mission, vision, and values Platinum Certified

Our mission is to collaborate with individuals, academic departments, and academic support units to foster capacity and community around teaching and to promote an institutional culture that values effective teaching and meaningful learning.

Our vision is to inspire teaching excellenceinnovation, and inquiry.

Our values are what ground us; they are the foundation on which our work is built. At CTE, we value being: 

  1. Supportive. We show care and respect to our colleagues and ourselves while also asking questions to help encourage growth and change 
  2. Creative. We develop ideas for the future, adapt evidence-based practices to fit evolving contexts, and foster the courage needed for risk-taking.
  3. Invested. We take pride in our work, bringing our best every time, and show a clear commitment to our mandate, vision, and mission.

Learn about what drives our work and read about our latest activities and initiatives in our Strategic Plan, our latest Annual Report (PDF), and our monthly newsletter:  

Fostering teaching excellence

Instructors across all ranks, from teaching assistants and postdoctoral fellows to new professors and senior leaders, attend our workshops and intensive programming. (170 workshops and events in 2020-2021).

Faculty also seek consultations on course design and delivery for both face-to-face and blended learning courses. (4841 consulations with 1313 instructors in 2020-2021).

We work extensively with departments and faculties on curriculum renewal and program design. (109 curriculum events and consultations in 38 departments in 2020-2021)

Finally, with more than 2,500 course offerings annually in Waterloo LEARN, we support the use of this learning management system.

Find out more about how you can work with us. Read more about our:

Supporting innovation

CTE also supports innovation in teaching and learning at Waterloo. We investigate emerging technologies and share our recommendations with our university community and beyond through workshops and online resources. We encourage alternative ways of assessing student learning, such as the use of e-portfolios. Finally, the Learning Innovation and Teaching Enhancement (LITE) Grant program, which is administered by CTE and funded by the office of the Associate Vice-President, Academic, supports projects investigating innovative approaches to enhancing teaching and fostering deep student learning at Waterloo. 

Cultivating inquiry

We offer a range of services to help instructors systematically explore the theory and practice of teaching and learning: 

We can support you as you develop, implement, and disseminate your educational research: learn more by visiting Research and Grants.

Our staff are also active educational researchers. Read about our latest staff research and service activities.

More about CTE

CTE's Self Study. This 175-page document was written for an external review that was conducted in 2017. 

Annual Reports and Newsletters. Reports on CTE's annual activities (Accessible PDF), and an archive of CTE newsletters

Organizational structure. A chart showing our areas of support, and who works within them. 

Staff research and service. Year-by-year reports that highlight our impact and professional accomplishments.

Guest presentations. Experts in higher education whom we have hosted. 

Institutional Documents

These university documents inform and shape CTE's work: