Two people sitting outside the entrance to the new TLC offices in McHenry Library.


Our Mission

Created to both honor and renew the university’s longstanding tradition of outstanding teaching and bold educational experimentation, the Teaching & Learning Center (TLC) serves all members of the UCSC teaching community. The TLC uses research and equity-minded practices to strengthen the culture of teaching, promote student success and equitable outcomes, and support teacher-leaders at UC Santa Cruz, a thriving minority-serving research institution.

We collaborate with campus educators and other partners to inspire the exploration of innovative and accessible teaching practices and technologies that advance equity, foster deep learning, and increase student engagement.

Happening Now

Open Call to Develop a New Open-Access Course on Coursera

We are interested in developing courses that highlight the diversity of work being done by faculty across campus and welcome proposals from all disciplines, including cross-division collaboration. This is an open call: submissions on all course topics will be considered. Preference will be given to courses that forward the social justice mission of the UC Santa Cruz campus. This mission may take shape in the offering of courses that provide knowledge and skills to engage with the modern world (activism, communication, coding, digital literacy), that take on topics of civic or global importance (climate justice, social justice, racial justice, LGBTQ+ rights, ethical perspectives on technology, economics, the future of work), as well as courses that are likely to generate high enrollment, or that represent the creative and distinct scholarly work of the faculty at UC Santa Cruz. 

Equity Data Playbook

A collaboration between CITL, Online Education, HSI Initiatives, and Institutional Research and Policy Studies (IRAPS), the Equity Data Playbook allows campus educators and departmental leaders to observe patterns in student outcomes data and take evidence-based actions to transform equity issues.

Spotlight on Teaching

Global Classrooms: Virtual Exchange with Partner Institutions

In the past year, UC Santa Cruz students have worked on meaningful projects in their courses with students in Brazil, Mexico, and Colombia — without visas, currency exchange, or jet lag. This amazing feat was accomplished by a cohort of instructor pairs from UC Santa Cruz and partner institutions abroad who participated in Global Classrooms, a professional development and course design program focused on virtual exchange.

Read more about the 2022/23 Global Classrooms faculty cohort and their collaborative courses.

The Teaching Newsletter

The Teaching Newsletter provides just in time resources and information you need for successful teaching and learning at UC Santa Cruz.