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Faculty Resources
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: Robot-Proof-Higher Education in the Age of Artificial Intelligence, is a fascinating look at the changes taking place in our increasingly AI-driven world and how they impact Higher Education.

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.


 Lecture Breakers Podcast 

Dishing Up Nutrition 

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 Instructional Design Blog

CTL Zoom Support 

Understanding web conferencing solutions and software is a key decision when planning for your fall, 2020 courses.  Blackboard Collaborate, Zoom and Microsoft Teams are options available to Mercy Faculty and can be utilized to connect with students in a HyFlex course design model.  Understanding how these systems can support your pedagogical practice can optimize learning and lead to student success. Click on the link below for a guide to Best Practices for using Zoom in Pedagogical Practice.

PDF iconCTL Zoom Support.pdf


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)


Preparing for Fall, 2020

Fall Semester begins September 9.  To help you get started with your Fall, 2020 preparation, CTL invites you to view the following video on simple steps instructors can do to ensure a strong start.



PDF iconStudent video cameras: on or off?

Communication Counts

Cultivating Student Engagement

Problem Based Learning 

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. Whether we meet to engage in collaborative planning or to refine a current instructional practice, as colleagues in teaching and learning, we are readily available to serve as a resource for all matters related to student success.

Book a consultation with CTL Instructional Designer using the following links:

Dr. Mitch Fried:

Julil S. Charkes:

Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) Staff

Mitch Fried, DPS
Interim Director, Instructional Designer


Juli Steadman Charkes, M.S.

Instructional Designer


Gloria Schlisselberg, PhD

Instructional Designer, Pulse on Learning