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Mission and Goals

OVERVIEW

XCITE was founded in November 2019 and is UCR’s first center for teaching and learning.

 

MISSION STATEMENT

The XCITE mission is to partner in creating innovative and impactful teaching, learning, and research solutions that drive academic and inclusive excellence.

BEST PRACTICES AND INNOVATION IN PEDAGOGY

Entirely distinct from the campus’s IT office, XCITE’s mission is academic and research-based in its scope and operations. Working closely with faculty and TAs, XCITE supports the strategic development and implementation of pedagogical best practices and innovations, academic technologies, and effective instructional media and platforms.

UCR’S CONTINUITY OF INSTRUCTION MISSION

During the pandemic, XCITE gave crucial assistance to the campus’s emergency transition to remote instruction and is now helping to strengthen post-Covid instruction by improving instructional flexibility.

FACULTY DEVELOPMENT AND TEACHING EXCELLENCE

XCITE works in close partnership with the Academy of Distinguished Teachers, which is dedicated to mentoring and supporting the teaching of UCR faculty. Furthermore, XCITE, as a center for teaching and learning, is a centralized resource for faculty development and training in the continuous pursuit of teaching excellence.

THE FUTURE OF TEACHING AND LEARNING

XCITE is all the more important to UCR’s ability to sustain and improve its current operations, and persist in its ascent to higher levels of distinction. It is imperative that UC Riverside develop a far more robust capacity, than it has now, for new and alternative modes of instruction (such as online and hybrid) to meet these challenges.

 


GUIDEPOSTS

 

The following list of guideposts are critical to XCITE’s long-term strategies and impactful investments in people and resources. The following guideposts help frame XCITE’s internal discussions, while identifying key opportunities and constraints:

ENGAGEMENT

Foster accessibility and interpersonal contact between faculty and students and encourage challenging and rigorous learning experiences.

ACCOUNTABILITY

Increase the relevance, measurement, and redundancy for successful teaching and learning.

FACULTY AND STUDENT SUCCESS

Advocate for initiatives, approaches, and strategies to improve the learning experiences of UCR students, and the teaching experiences of UCR’s Instructors and Teaching Assistants (TAs).

RESEARCH AND SCHOLARSHIP

Foster research, scholarship, and creative work, especially in relationship to XCITE’s teaching and learning mission.

MARKETABILITY

Increase learning outcomes, student satisfaction, and overall value of a UCR education. Decrease time towards graduation, costs, and credits.

RESOURCE ALLOCATION

Benefit teaching and learning while minimizing pain and cost (both in amount and duration) to individuals, units, and institution.

DEGREE COMPLETION

Increase opportunities for gaining credit. Improves processes and reduces artificial barriers to degree completion within a four-year time frame.