The Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning (DCAL) facilitates professional development for Dartmouth's teachers and cultivates a community of conversation about how people learn.
DCAL's Values and Objectives
- In pursuing its mission, DCAL serves all who engage in teaching at Dartmouth, including faculty in all ranks, schools and disciplines, along with librarians, educational designers, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, deans, and directors.
- DCAL helps all educators at Dartmouth to practice learner-centered course design, implementation and assessment.
- DCAL aims to shift the culture of teaching and learning at Dartmouth from one that regards its mission as delivery of knowledge to one that sees its task as facilitating learning. Knowledge cannot be delivered; it must be constructed anew by each learner.
- DCAL promotes ongoing reflection and assessment as essential components to effective learning both for teachers and learners.
- DCAL pays special attention to matters of diversity, focusing on the benefits, challenges, opportunities, and obligations such matters present in a learning community.
DCAL pursues its mission by
- Building a community of informed conversation about learning and teaching practices.
- DCAL promotes collaboration and discussion between faculty members, future faculty and support services for teaching at Dartmouth.
- DCAL collects, selects and distills published scholarship on teaching and learning and makes it available to the Dartmouth community.
- Orienting new faculty members and postdoctoral fellows to teaching at Dartmouth.
- Promoting the purposeful use of new media and information technology for teaching and learning at Dartmouth.
- Helping faculty members and future faculty, individually and in peer groups, assess the effectiveness of their teaching in order to promote continuous improvement.
- Encouraging and supporting research about teaching and learning.
DCAL was established in 2004 with major gifts from Gordon Russell '55 and R. Stephen Cheheyl '67. Since 2011, DCAL has also enjoyed generous support from the Judith and Allen Zern 1965 Fund. DCAL is located in the east wing of Baker-Berry Library in Hanover, NH.