The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL)

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) offers programs and services to enhance the quality of education at Clark University. These programs are designed to serve faculty and PhD students, are created in response to faculty-identified needs, and are guided by the CETL Steering Committee. The CETL website also serves as a resource for information related to pedagogy and the learning sciences.

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Th 03-20-2014

“Learning from Failure: The Case of Cheating in Higher Education.”A lecture by Professr James Lang (Assumption College)

None of us wants to think about cheating on our own campus, but Lang argues that there is much to be learned by taking a closer look. If we think about cheating in higher education as a failure of the teaching and learning transaction, that failure should open pathways to new learning for students, faculty, and administrators at America’s colleges and universities. Drawing from research on cheating and cognitive theory, he will present key lessons we can learn from cheating in higher education.    

James M. Lang is an Associate Professor of English and the Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at Assumption College in Worcester, MA. He is the author of four books, the most recent of which are Cheating Lessons: Learning from Academic Dishonesty (Harvard University Press, 2013), and On Course: A Week-by-Week Guide to Your First Semester of College Teaching (Harvard UP, 2008). Lang writes a monthly column on teaching and learning for The Chronicle of Higher Education; his work has been appearing in the Chronicle since 1999. His book reviews and public scholarship on higher education have appeared in a wide variety of newspapers and magazines, including the Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Time, and America. He is a member of the Fulbright Senior Specialist roster in higher education. 

This is an important topic that will gain from having a variety of voices and experiences in the room. Students, staff, and faculty are all welcome! Please help spread the word and forward the web card below.

To read some of the material that Professor Lang shared with us last semester, visit:


FREE Webinar Series on Redesigning or "flipping' classrooms!

In spring 2013, The National Center for Academic Transition (NCAT) launched a new series of free webinars on course redesign. Each webinar has reached maximum registration well before it was offered. The purpose of my note is to tell you how to view past webinars on the NCAT website and to urge you to register for the remaining webinars in our spring 2014 series. For more information and to register, follow this link:


Join us for a CETL Lunch on March 14, 2014 in Lurie at noon for a discussion on STUDENTS’ PERCEPTIONS OF THEIR PROGRESS ON FOUR LEARNING OUTCOMES: An Analysis Comparing Four LEEP Learning Outcomes with AAC&U’s Essential Learning Outcomes using NSSE data.

To RSVP: To learn more about the event and to RSVP, please go to the CETL Lunch for March 14 page.


CETL has a Twitter account now! Follow us to keep updated of news, events, RFPs, and other announcements.


The Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts (HECCMA) Certificate in College Teaching is the new name for the previous Colleges of Worcester Consortium (COWC) Certificate in College Teaching Program.

Read more about obtaining a Certificate in College Teaching from HECCMA