Center for Teaching and Learning

Instructional Resources and Faculty Supports

Assistant Professor Mark Chan presents at New Faculty Orientation


About Us

The Center provides training and support to faculty in instructional technology, pedagogical resources, and professional development opportunities.

We actively promote the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and Writing in the Discipline. The CTL supports the SUpr Summit, a student research presentation event and a faculty led research and publication initiative. News, events, and opportunities are published in our monthly e-newsletter.


Our Mission

We promote the highest quality education for students by fostering a culture of creativity, collaborative mentoring, continuous improvement and lifelong learning.

Providing the knowledge, tools and support that faculty and learners need to reach their fullest potential, students have the best opportunity to develop powers of analysis, communication, and synthesis. Center staff are committed to principles of diversity, accessibility, and academic integrity.


CTL Supports

The CTL coordinates the annual new faculty orientation, instructional development workshops and academic advising, and supervises the academic side of the iMLearning program.

The Center also supports special initiatives including promoting student research; blended/hybrid/distance education, teaching with i-pads; faculty research and publication; and piloting institutional technology systems.



2014-15 Special Initiatives

Ellucian Student Planning Module to WebAdvisor

This new advising tool combines degree auditing and planning in a very easy-to-use interface to assist advisors in helping students with plans of study and online registration.

Education Advisory Board Student Success Collaborative Advising Tool

This web-based system will provide advisors with a “dashboard” that uses predictive data to make recommendations to maximize chances for student success.

We know that advising is critical to student success and can be some of the most important teaching that we do. No technology will ever replace the all-important human side of advising.

~ Anne Marchant, Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning

The SUpr Summit

The Second SUpr Summit, a display of faculty-led student projects and research, will be held at the Winchester Campus on April 23, 2015.

The SUpr Summit provides an opportunity for students from all disciplines to show off their work. Just as importantly, it is an opportunity for faculty to show off their students!

SUpr Summit 2014

The event is a poster/project display of work that is judged by faculty volunteers and is open to all schools, departments, and majors. Students must have a faculty sponsor and submit an approved 250-word abstract for entry. Prizes are awarded!


Explore the 2014 SUpr Summit in the links below:

•  Video with Associate Professor of Psychology Mark Chan and CTL Director Anne Marchant
•  2014 Winners chosen by volunteer faculty judges
•  Student article describing the event and selected projects

For more information about how you and your students can get involved in the 2015 SUpr Summit, contact Mark Chan at or the CTL at


** Update On SUpr Summit 2014 Winners **

Please join us in congratulating SUpr Summit 2014 winners in the Group Project category, Paula Sorrentino, Kelsey Brewster, and Mina Hailemariam.

SUpr Summit 2014 winners in the Group Project category, Paula Sorrentino, Kelsey Brewster, and Mina Hailemariam.

From left to right: Kelsey Brewster, Mina Hailemariam, Paula Sorrentino and their mentor, Dr. Audra Gollenberg, Assistant Professor of Public Health

Their research was recently published in VA Engage Journal with their article Beyond the big house: Making the transition to life after prison

Paula Sorrentino writes that this experience “has sent me on a publishing high and I am working on another project to try and publish.” 

We look forward to hearing more from these talented aspiring researchers!


Tools, Resources and Initiatives Listed by Topic


Conferences and workshops using Apple Tools; exploration and pilots of Desire2Learn LMS, Canvas LMS, and Panopto lecture capture system; facilitation of the SUpr Summit; use of new WebAdvisor Student Planning Module; introduction of Educational Advisory Board Student Success Collaborative

Pedagogical Resources

Hybrid/blended, online and on-location classroom management; course design and syllabus development; articulating learning objectives; academic integrity; course evaluation and improvement concepts; designing student research and projects; e-portfolio teaching; flipped classroom techniques; collaborative learning techniques

Instructional Technology

Faculty support for using lecture capture and online presentation tools; in-class polling and response tools; secure testing in a virtual environment; iPad best practices; mind mapping tools; Blackboard support and training; video and visual essays, editing and publishing tools; webconferencing tools; Google Docs and Forms

Advising Tools

Emphasis on holistic student development; encouraging advising best practices and advising as teaching; degree auditing and online registration systems; predictive modeling systems in student advising


Faculty assistance with implementing and facilitating instructional technologies through individual training and group workshops on a variety of topics. Support for existing and emerging technologies used in class and via hybrid/blended instruction

Professional Development

Support and training in keeping e-portfolios; using iAuthor and e-publishing; supporting the Apple Distinguished Educator Award Program; writing teaching philosophies; presenting at conferences; research design; faculty support for scholarship and teaching and learning

Faculty Supports

Along with offering a variety of workshops, the Center adds to its repository of teaching resources frequently and publishes a monthly e-newsletter with instructional technology updates and timely information from the offices of the University Registrar, Institutional Computing, Media Services, Academic Affairs, and other university offices.

•  Upcoming CTL workshops can be found on the Faculty Training Calendar

•  The CTL repository of teaching resources is found on the Center’s GoogleSites page (accessible with SU login)

Find us

We are centrally located on the Winchester Main Campus in 322 Smith Library

Can’t make it to a workshop
or to our office?

We are happy to provide support through conference calls and webconferencing.


Telephone: 540-542-6537

CTL Staff

Anne Marchant, Director:
George Hoffman, Instructional Technology Training Coordinator:
Virginia Armagh, Instructional Support Coordinator: