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CTL Faculty Learning Communities

Faculty Learning Communities are self-sustaining communities run by faculty members. Open to the entire College community, including full- and part-time faculty, staff, and administrators, community members determine what session topics are relevant and help develop and run the meetings. The primary goal is to build a community around the topic of active learning, while providing intellectual and operational support towards active learning initiatives around campus. Learning Communities generally meet once a month and may include practical work sessions, peer-to-peer mentoring, and guest speakers.

Current FCTL Learning Communities:

Digital Storytelling Community 

Inquiring Minds Short Story Club

Service-Learning Community



What We're Reading, Listening to and Learning About

Dr. Mitch Fried, Interim Director, CTL: Small Teaching Online, is a fascinating re-look at the changes taking place and rewritten by Darby and Lang who combine educational research and their expertise to challenges faced in the online community. 

Dr. Susan Waddington, Educational Assmt. Specialist: Next on my reading list is Neuroteach: Brain Science and the Future of Education for a look at how an understanding of the brain can impact teaching success.

Podcasts about Teaching and Learning

 Lecture Breakers Podcast 

Dishing Up Nutrition 

CTL Instructional Design Blog

Preparing for Fall 2020

Fall Semester begins September 9.  To help with course preparation, CTL is providing the following support:


Zoom Workshops - Ongoing

These one-hour virtual workshops are an opportunity to understand the use of Zoom in pedagogical practice, including how to utilize Zoom features such as Breakout Rooms and Polling.  As a reminder, Zoom is one of the web conferencing platforms that faculty may utilize across all teaching modalities, including online, blended and face-to-face.  CTL is running these workshops in partnership with the Deans and Academic Unit Heads.  If you would like to join one of these one-hour training sessions, please reach out to your specific School for details.

PDF iconPPT Slides for Zoom Workshops


Using Video to Enhance Student learning: August 4, 2020, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Facilitators: Juli S. Charkes, Dr. Mitch Fried, Christine Raju

Using video in teaching and learning has the potential to enhance student learning and educational experiences by stimulating interest in a topic, appealing to multimodal learners and providing flexibility of access to key content. Come join this workshop to learn how to use video to engage student learning.

PDF iconPPT Slides


Microlearning Projects: Rescheduled Date: August 12, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m

Facilitators: Elizabeth Fritz, Juli S. Charkes

These short, focused pieces of content are pre-developed, so they can be inserted into multiple learning environments and platforms and even shared with individual students for reinforced learning.  Microlearning projects are an excellent addition to your course material and are suitable for face-to-face, hybrid, and online pedagogy.  If you are curious about how to utilize these bite-sized course materials for best teaching practices, this workshop will demonstrate how.

Zoom link to Register:


PowerPoint Tips and Guidelines: August 11, 2020, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Facilitators: Dr. Sabrina Timperman, Juli S. Charkes

A strong PowerPoint can strengthen pedagogy and bring added value to your content. This one-hour virtual workshop provides guidance and tips on how to strengthen a PowerPoint for any course or discipline. 

Zoom Link to Register:


Teaching Introductory Statistics: Promoting Statistical Literacy  

August 18, 2020, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

Facilitator: Rossi A. Hassad, PhD, MPH, Professor, School of Social & Behavioral Sciences 

 Statistical literacy is becoming increasingly important in our data-driven world.  This discussion and demonstration will highlight the use of common active learning strategies with attention to learning styles, student engagement, and more importantly, facilitating deep and conceptual learning. The session will encompass appropriate course content, sequencing of topics, using real and interesting data, and assessment strategies, and is open to all faculty across all disciplines.     

Zoom Link to Register:


CTL Drop-in Hours for Classroom Familiarity:

Thursday, August, 13, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Monday, August 17, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Wednesday, August 19, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Zoom Links to Register for these one-hour sessions: forthcoming


Video Instruction for Blended/Hyflex Technology Level One:



Video Instruction on simple steps instructors can do to ensure a strong start to the semester:



June Intensives: Handouts

This 2020 June Intensives provided an opportunity for Mercy faculty to explore, discuss and design effective pedagogy with colleagues and friends.  Thank you to all who facilitated and attended this workshop series!

As part of its June Intensives series, CTL is providing the following handouts from this year's sessions.

PDF iconMake Creativity and Community the Core of Your Online Courses (link)

PDF iconFlip, Don't Flop in Online and In-person Teaching (link)

PDF iconCreating and Using Effective Instructional Videos (link)

PDF iconStudent video cameras: on or off?

Communication Counts

Cultivating Student Engagement

Problem Based Learning 

CTL Contingency Planning: What you Need to Know to Successfully Transition to Online Teaching

The Center for Teaching and Learning has created resources providing guidance and support for instructors transitioning and facilitating their courses online. 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 will continue to develop and enhance these resources and is available to work with faculty as needed.  

 Online Teaching Toolkit

CTL Consultations and Instructional Coaching

All faculty members, and especially new faculty members, are welcome to schedule a consultation with an CTL instructional designer at any point in the semester. As colleagues in teaching and learning, we are readily available to serve as a resource for all matters related to student success.

If you would like to work with a CTL Instructional Designer on pedagogical practices, inlcuding how to engage in collaborative planning, or how to refine a current instructional practice, reach out to the Center for Teaching and Learning:



Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) Staff

Mitch Fried, DPS
Interim Director, Instructional Designer


Juli S. Charkes, M.S.

Instructional Designer


Gloria Schlisselberg, PhD

Instructional Designer, Pulse on Learning