The Teaching and Learning Commons defines its Mission and Purpose as follows?

To promote excellence in teaching, learning and research, under the office of the Dean of Teaching & Learning in the College of humanities and the specific needs of the School of Education as well as at other sites of teaching and learning in the wider University community.

To provide programmes, services, academic support and resources designed to enhance knowledge and understanding of the teaching-learning process, promote teaching and research as a scholarly activity, and facilitate interdisciplinary conversations about learning and teaching at every level among all members of the School community.

To assist the specific needs of the School of Education and to a lessor extent all the other schools in the College through its support and services, in achieving a high quality education, instruction and learning for its students and staff

To promote a university culture that values and rewards teaching, respects and supports individual differences among learners, and encourages learning environments in which diverse students can learn and excel.

To support the improvement of teaching and learning in higher education through networking and other forms of co-operation and collaboration among those with a responsibility for educational development

To promote the importance of teaching and learning in the College of Humanities and in the higher education community. 

To assist the College, through its activities, emphasizing the African identity of the institution

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