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FACT Changes Name to Center for Innovative Design and Instruction

Thursday, Nov. 08, 2012

Utah State University Faculty Assistance Center for Teaching (FACT) has changed its name to the Center for Innovative Design and Instruction (CIDI). The name change reflects the center’s expansion of services beyond conventional faculty assistance to include highly individualized consulting as well as a strong component of applied research developing cutting-edge instructional technologies.

CIDI’s focus is on improving teaching quality at USU by offering a variety of services, including instructional consulting for faculty.

“The center emphasizes specific methodologies and technologies individually tailored to the faculty’s teaching style as well as subject matter,” said CIDI Director John Louviere.

CIDI empowers faculty as well as teaching staff with the knowledge and tools necessary for effective and efficient teaching in their face to face, interactive broadcast and online classrooms.

Raymond Coward, USU Executive Vice President and Provost, understands the potential impact of the center on the Logan campus and throughout the USU distance education system.

“USU has a long and rich tradition of instructional excellence in the classroom,” said Coward. “This reconfigured resource center for faculty will offer support and assistance to the many faculty members throughout the USU system who are committed to teaching excellence and who strive each day to provide meaningful, stimulating and effective learning opportunities for USU students.”

Along with the name change, CIDI is partnering with academic programs and researchers throughout the university to make research-based instructional decisions for teaching tools, strategies and course development processes.

Louviere feels the center will not only help improve faculty teaching effectiveness but also become a prominent driver in developing cutting-edge instructional technologies.

“USU has excellent faculty,” said Louviere. “Our technological infrastructure is better than ever before and our employees are widely renowned for their expertise and out-of-the-box solutions. The potential is fantastic, and this change is exactly what we need to tap into it.”

CIDI is housed in the new Distance Education building and the Merrill-Cazier Library. These facilities provide multi-media development and support with high-tech audio and video production and state-of-the art recording and editing equipment.

CIDI resources are available to all faculty and teaching staff. CIDI offers one-on-one consulting as well as phone support Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

The CIDI team is staffed with master level graduates experienced in education and instructional design.

Contact: John Louviere, 435-797-7144,

Writer: Paige Pagnucco, 435-797-1429,

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