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The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) promotes teaching excellence for student success in alignment with the Mercy College mission. CTL is dedicated to fostering faculty development and the pursuit of teaching excellence by providing Instructional Design across all disciplines and modalities. CTL goals include:

  • Optimizing the quality of instruction to increase student learning and success
  • Offering high quality and transformative faculty development events and activities



The CTL vision for includes four key elements pertaining to pedagogy:

  1. Heightened Awareness of bottlenecks in learning and best practices to improve learning
  2. Broad Implementation of sound pedagogical strategies aligned to student needs
  3. Deep Reflection on how teaching and learning practices perform in different contexts
  4. On-going Evolution of faculty practices on the path to excellence and improved instructional quality

Mercy College is a teaching-centered institution with a dedicated and talented faculty, and the collective pedagogical knowledge and teaching expertise of our community is an important component of CTL goals and objectives.

Upcoming CTL Events and Best Practices

Upcoming Events  

CTL Drop-In Clinics

These one-hour virtual sessions are open to all faculty across all disciplines and provide an opportunity to ask questions on a range of teaching and learning topics, including course design, technology integration, and Digication ePortfolios. See below for Zoom registration links. 

Monday, September 20 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.  Registration Link
Wednesday, September 22 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. Registration Link

New Faculty Workshops

These one-hour virtual sessions are open to faculty who are new to Mercy College and will cover guidance on evidence-based teaching practices, including active learning, inclusive design, and technology integration. See below for Zoom registration link.

Thursday, September 23 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.  Registration Link
Thursday, September 30 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Registration Link

Best Practices: Preparing for Fall 2021

Verify and Understand Your Course Modality

Courses for fall 2021 are offered across different modalities and it’s important to understand the expectations of these different options. Definitions for all modalities can be accessed via Mercy Connect. In addition, check with your Departmental leaders to confirm expectations for specific course modalities.

Post Course Information on Blackboard 

Blackboard is the communication hub for students for all courses across all modalities. Students have access to course shells beginning Wednesday, August 25, so post a syllabus and welcome message that includes expectations for the assigned course modality.

Schedule an In-Person or Virtual Classroom Technology Training  

These virtual training workshops facilitated by Mercy IT and CTL are an opportunity to learn how to utilize the Level 2 technology-enhanced classrooms in place for the fall. For details on these sessions, including sign-up information, please visit the Distance Learning Training page

Reach out to the Center for Teaching and Learning  

Contact the Center to consult with an Instructional Designer: We are here to help!

Center for Teaching and Learning Initiatives

Pulse on Learning

The Pulse on Learning (PoL) is an anonymous, short, online survey early in the term to elicit feedback from students on how effective the course is for their learning.  This feedback gives faculty greater insight about how to optimize the learning environment for increased student learning and success.  This project aligns with the Mercy College Strategic Goals:

  1. Expand the use of innovative pedagogies and course redesign capable of increasing student learning and persistence
  2. Mercy College will out-perform predicted measures of student success and earn a national reputation for its efforts in this area

For Faculty, there's no better time to collect student assessments than early in the semester — they can obtain input from students to potentially refine, revise, or redesign segments of face-to-face classes. Early semester feedback examines how effectively students are learning as well as how successfully the teaching methods and strategies influence that learning. This is where Pulse on Learning (PoL) begins.  The PoL survey asks students for feedback, then faculty can share their interpretation of their input and plans for using it.

With PoL, faculty will receive feedback by the fifth or sixth week of the semester on how students are experiencing the course.  This allows faculty to be optimally responsive to their needs and reflect on or revise teaching strategies accordingly.  Together with the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) faculty can optimize the learning environment and facilitate increased student success.  CTL Instructional Designers are available to collaborate and work with faculty to implement strategies and methods for best teaching and learning practices. 

CTL has been conducting the PoL survey and Instructional Designer consultation model with Mercy full time and adjunct faculty since Spring 2014.  To date, the overwhelming response from faculty participants is that the process is helpful for them and they would recommend it to a colleague.

Watch a brief video to learn more.

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)

In the late twentieth century, Ernest L. Boyer (who had served as former Chancellor of the State University of New York, as United States Commissioner of Education and as President of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching) offered a categorization of scholarship that faithfully guides the Academy, to this day. Mercy College embraces the Boyer model, acknowledging the value of all four categories of scholarship and the dynamic inter-relationship that exists among these “intellectual functions:"

  • Scholarship of discovery
  • Scholarship of integration
  • Scholarship of application
  • Scholarship of teaching (and learning)

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching offers the following definition:

  • SoTL is comprised of “problem posing about an issue of teaching or learning, study of the problem through methods appropriate to the disciplinary epistemologies, applications of results to practice, com-communication of results, self-reflection, and peer review” (Cambridge, 2001).

Since the 1990s, SoTL has flourished into a vibrant international movement with affiliated professional societies to nurture and grow research and reflection using cross-disciplinary methodologies. Mercy College is proud to have our faculty and staff members contribute to this critical and growing field. 

*Coming Soon* One Button Studio

The One Button Studio is an automated, simplified video studio that can be used without any previous video production experience. The studio is equipped with a combination of special hardware and software that allows users to simply plug a flash drive into a USB port and push a button to start recording. All of the lighting, audio, and video equipment is already in place so no set-up is required.


CTL Contingency Planning: What to know when Transitioning a Course

The Center for Teaching and Learning has created resources providing guidance and support for instructors faced with transitioning courses to a new modality. These resources include how to employ instructional technologies, how to engage students in distance learning, and how to continue to meet course learning objections.  

CTL Consultations and Instructional Coaching  

All faculty members—and especially new faculty members—are welcome to schedule a consultation with a CTL instructional designer at any point in the semester. Whether we meet to engage in collaborative planning or to help refine current instructional practice, we are available to serve as colleagues in teaching and learning.

To schedule a consultation, please reach out via the CTL email:


CTL Learning Communities  

Faculty Learning Communities are self-sustaining communities run by faculty members, inclusive of full- and part-time faculty. The primary goal is to build a community around the topic of active learning while providing intellectual and operational support towards initiatives as may further the Mercy mission.  These communities meet once a month and may include practical work sessions, peer-to-peer mentoring, and guest speakers. 

Current CTL Learning Communities:

  • Digital Storytelling Community  
  • Brain-Based Learning Community
  • Service-Learning Community 

Past Workshops and Faculty Development Events

 Andragogy in the Classroom

  • Facilitators: Elizabeth Fritz, Learning Support Manager, CAEI
  • Juli Steadman Charkes, Instructional Designer, CTL

Wednesday’s Summer Series: An Educational Philosophy to Bring Change About Teaching and Learning -  Zoom Recoding- Passcode: $N0z%n.Q 

  • Dr. Saundra McGuire, Director Emerita of the Center for Academic Success and retired Assistant Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Chemistry at LSU

Creating Assessment Tools

  • Facilitators: Dr. Gloria Schlisselberg, ID, and Dr. Susan Waddingotn, Office of Educational Assessment

Did I hear that Wrong? Teaching Better Communication in the Classroom.

  • Facilitators: Dr. Amanda Colon, SHNS
  • Dr. Sabrina Timperman, SHNS
  • Zoom Recoding Passcode: e+XqL&!6 


What is "Student-Centered Teaching"?

  • Facilitators: Dr. Sabrina Timperman, SHNS, and Allyson Richmond, SLA  - Zoom Recoding: Passcode: @+jeSd0t 

Increase Student Engagement with Course Content

  • Facilitator: Teresa Quackenbush, SoE - Zoom Recoding  Passcode: 9t$+3%XR 

Wednesday’s Summer Series: Educating Students using the History of Activism

  • Dr. Brian Jones, Associate Director of Education at the Schomburg Center for Research  - Zoom Recording - Passcode: Z6vM4Z5% 

Digital Storytelling Reimagined: Learn how to Ignite the Storyteller Within

  • Facilitators: Dr. Sabina Timperman, SHNS, and Dr. IIene Rothschild, SoE  - Zoom Recording:   Passcode: T!^5Un4= 

Wednesday’s Summer Series: Dialogues in Radical Pedagogy

  • Panel Discussion: Lisa Martin, Sara Martucci, Susan Moscou, Allison Murphy, Austin Dacey   Zoom Recording: Passcode: ^J3BNQVX 

 IQ Is Not Enough: How Non-Cognitive Attributes Impact Academic Success in the Time of COVID

Contact Us

Juli S. Charkes, M.S.
Interim Director

Gloria Schlisselberg, Ph.D.
Instructional Designer, PT

Layla Munson, M.S.
Instructional Designer, PT