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Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) is an organization, facility, and community for supporting excellence in teaching across disciplines and across campus.

CETL organizes workshops on topics ranging from teaching strategies to new academic technologies. Additionally, CETL offers opportunities for faculty to attend webinars as a group and share ideas that grow out of these meetings. Please check our calendar for upcoming workshops, webinars, and roundtables.




Integrating the Mercy Mission with Creative Pedagogy through Service Learning
Mike Orleski, Physics
Lorie Zelna, Medical Imaging
Paul Nardone, Business
Rebecca Steinberger, English
Alicia Nordstrom, Psychology
Kevin Feifer, Director of Office of Service Learning

January 31, 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm, Insalaco Hall 218/219

April 3, 5:30-8:00pm, Insalaco Hall 218

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The Association of American Colleges and Universities (ACC&U) highlights civic engagement as a fundamental element of 21st century education. As an institution that values service, Misericordia University is an ideal setting to create experiential learning opportunities that reflect the Mercy Mission to foster socially engaged and informed students. This workshop showcases the innovative pedagogical approaches of faculty from the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and health sciences and shares information for how faculty can develop service learning within their own classes.


ePortfolios in Blackboard: Present and Possible

Rich Hancuff

February 21, 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm, Passan Hall 109

Educations have long used portfolios to track students progress. Some courses (e.g. writing intensive courses) require students to submit a final portfolio of work done through the semester. In recent years, the ePortfolio has become a popular topic, but various uses of the term have led to confusion over the purpose and capabilites of ePortfolios. This workshop provides information on the different purposes for using ePortfolios at course, department, and institutional levels. Additionally, this workshop will demonstrate how to create a portfolio object within the Blackboard system and explore possibilities for acquiring more comprehensive ePortfolio tools in the future. Participants will discuss the various ways we either use or seek to use ePortfolios in our

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), Part II: 
Designing Your Methodology

Scott Massey, Physician Assistant Studies
Alicia Nordstrom, Psychology

March 10, 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm, Insalaco Hall 218/219

This workshop is designed as a sequel to last spring's introductory SoTL workshop to guide faculty through the next steps of designing your SoTL study. Scott Massey and Alicia Nordstrom will review the process of developing study methodologies and provide examples of survey and experimental approaches from their own SoTL studies. Participants are encouraged to bring their own ideas to share and discuss during the workshop.


Lunch is provided for these workshops, so please RSVP to Jen Drouse ( or x6430). Please let her know if you have any dietary restrictions.