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Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

Conversation with a Campus Author


by, Bill Meissner

THE ROAD TO COSMOS is a collection of 35 short stories about the unique characters in the mythical town of Cosmos, USA. In an informal session, Meissner will read passages from the book and answer questions about the stories or their creation.

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. called Meissner "A storyteller with remarkable gifts."

Thursday, February 26th


Miller Center 117


Road To Cosmos

CETL Teaching and Learning Grants 2014-2015

The purpose of the CETL Teaching and Learning Grants is to encourage innovative teaching and learning at SCSU. Grants will be given to faculty and staff working with students to implement innovative and effective teaching and learning.

Grantees Announced!


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Click here for more information about the New Faculty Workshops!


CETL is now seeking proposals for 2015-2016 Communities of Practice and Faculty Learning Communities!

Communities of Practice

In a CoP, faculty and staff would meet regularly during the academic year, collaboratively find answers to teaching and learning questions, try them out informally in their work with students, and share what they learned with colleagues at SCSU. All this would occur with the support of CETL (books or supplies, food for meetings, and limited funds for professional travel.) Program faculty could also get together to discuss program related issues, including curricular design, assessment, and pedagogical and instructional strategies.

Possible topics: Who are the SCSU students today, and how can we teach them more effectively? How can we enhance our lectures? Why don’t our students like group work? Why don’t we find data from my course evaluations useful? Why are the latest theories of learning and how can we use them in our teaching? Are there ways we can integrate our curriculum within our program or with colleagues in other disciplines? Can technology help us boost the success of our students?

Faculty Learning Communities

In an FLC, faculty and staff would meet regularly for up to two academic years, create and implement a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning project for individual or collaborative research question(s), and publish or present their findings in a peer reviewed setting. CETL would support the FLC with books and supplies, food for meetings, and adequate travel funds for presentations.

Possible Topics: Collaborative learning, enhancing lectures, formative assessments, use of social media and collaborative technologies, designing courses for flipping learning, multi-disciplinary integration and partnerships.


Interested? There are two options to let us know:

Click on the links embedded in the titles of the two categories of communities above and submit short proposals.


Send an email with your topic or question of interest, colleagues you would like to partner with, and your availability.

Applications are due no later than Friday, March 20, 2015

Upon receipt of your information, CETL will work with you to put together an application.


Course Redesign Academy for the Digital Age

"I enjoyed learning about the different apps and websites that can be integrated into D2L"


Facilitator: Dr. Michael Truong

Thursday-Friday, February 5-6, 2015

Participants have:

  • Learned seven principles of undergraduate education,
  • Examined several technology tools (including various features of D2L) at “low tech” and a “high tech” levels, and
  • Worked individually and in groups with Dr. Truong and the SCSU D2L Team to apply one or more of the above principles and tools to the design of one course each.
  • Successfully advanced their use of instructional technology to the next level.

Co-sponsors: CETL and the Center for Continuing Studies.




Thank you for participating in the 2015 January Workshops!

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