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Mission, Vision, and Values

We advance the Volunteer experience through programs, services, and partnerships that support instructors and enrich student learning.


In 2015, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, formed Teaching and Learning Innovation, or TLI. Merging the Experience Learning QEP initiative, the Office of Service-Learning, the Office of Online and Digital Programs, and the Teaching and Learning Center into one unit, TLI began an educational journey to further enhance the Volunteer experience.

Our Mission

Teaching and Learning Innovation (TLI) advances the Volunteer Experience through programs, services, and partnerships that support faculty and enrich student learning at the University of Tennessee. With a focus on evidence-based teaching and learning practices, TLI engages faculty in the creation and implementation of educational experiences and environments that are transformative, innovative, inclusive, and outcomes-focused.

Our Vision

Teaching & Learning Innovation will be the catalyst for effective student learning experiences through excellence in faculty development, support, and engagement.

Our Values

As a unit within Academic Affairs, we champion:

    • Excellence in teaching, learning, and assessment practices that foster student engagement and retention
    • Programs and services that are informed by research and responsive to the changing needs of faculty and campus
    • Reciprocal community-based learning that reflects our land-grant mission
    • Campus partnerships that advance teaching and learning
    • Diversity and inclusion in all student learning experiences
    • High-quality online and hybrid education
    • Flexible learning environments that increase access and opportunity for students and faculty
    • Recognition of teaching excellence and contributions of the full UTK teaching community

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