Students Assessing Teaching and Learning (SATAL) Program

Assessment support for faculty and academic programs.

Faculty Seminar Series

A workshop series grounded in the scholarship of teaching and learning.

English Language Institute (ELI)

Support and resources for English language learners and international students.

TA Orientation

Covering best teaching practices and policies


Center for Research on Teaching Excellence

Teaching Matters Workshops

Teaching workshops for graduate students by graduate students.

Faculty Focus

Using Social Media in the Classroom: Why There’s A Lot to Like

Are your students constantly updating their statuses on Facebook? Uploading selfies to Instagram at inappropriate times? Refreshing their Twitter feed every five seconds? Chances are the answer is “yes,” and if you’re like the majority of teachers, you find it mildly annoying at best, or a serious impediment to learning at worst.

Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be.

The Relationship between Participation and Discussion

My interest in participation and discussion continues. How do we use them so that they more effectively promote engagement and learning? A couple of colleagues and I have been working on a paper that deals with how we define participation and discussion. (Side note: If you want to challenge your thinking about an aspect of teaching and learning, consider focused conversations with colleagues and the purposefulness of a writing project.

Incorporating Active Learning into the Online Classroom

Gary Ackerman, director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Mount Wachusett Community College, works with faculty to incorporate active learning into their online and face-to-face courses, and while there are differences in these learning environments, active learning can be implemented just as well online as face-to-face.

Ackerman encourages faculty members to use the following active learning approaches in their online (as well as face-to-face) courses: