CTL: Center for Teaching and Learning

Programs at the CTL

The programs listed here are composed of multiple workshops that occur over the course of a semester, year or longer. Announcements and signups for programs are sent out by email approximately one month before the program begins. Reminders about upcoming programs can also be found on the LCSC Center for Teaching and Learning's Facebook page.

Faculty are welcome to attend individual workshops even if you are not signed up for a program.  

Please see upcoming events for dates of workshops and other events. 

Here is a framework for the sorts of things we talk about when we talk about teaching: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/tia2.20087.

Book Club

Faculty meet three to five times during the semester to discuss a selected book on teaching and learning. Past selections include Make it Stick by Peter Brown and Teaching to Transgress by bell hooks. Participating faculty receive a complimentary copy of the book.


Teaching a class with a partner is a way to model interdisciplinary problem solving, learn about an area of interest, build relationships and observe another teacher. (see our co-teaching page for more information).The Co-Teaching Program offers an introductory workshop, a guided development of new models and methods, and an implementation and assessment phase. A stipend is paid to participating faculty for their work, supported by Academic Programs.   

Elements of Course Design

The goal of the elements program is to improve teaching and learning experiences through understanding and implementation of a backwards design approach to course design. The elements program includes four one-hour workshops followed by a reflection and an optional informal course observation. The workshops are offered over the course of the year and include:

  • Overview of course design (Fall)
  • Writing learning outcomes (Fall)
  • Assessing student progress (Fall and Spring)
  • Developing learning activities (Spring)
  • Reflection (Spring)

Faculty Inquiry

Faculty meet regularly over the course of the semester to investigate a question about teaching and student success. An inquiry includes background reading, discussion, implementation of new pedagogy, collection of evidence and presentation of findings.  A stipend is paid to participating faculty for their work. More information about Faculty Inquiry can be found on our information page.

Inclusive Practices Certificate (IPC)

An opportunity to enhance understanding of issues related to diversity and inclusion, to develop inclusive practices and to make new connections on campus and in the community. The program includes an introductory workshop, participation in multiple learning experiences over the year and a reflection. Note that programming that "counts" toward the IPC are labelled in the upcoming events calendar. 

Informal Observations Online and in the Classroom

Informal peer observations offer an opportunity to reflect on your teaching practice in a supportive environment. They are confidential, flexible, based on observation, positive, and growth-minded. Informal observations are not a part of promotion and tenure processes, nor are they an assessment. Instead, they provide an opportunity to have a colleague reflect on your work with you. The informal observation process includes a pre- and post- meeting as well as the observation, itself. For more information about observations, please see here. You can schedule an observation by emailing the CTL.

New Faculty Orientation

New faculty meet over the course of their first year for support, information and making connections across campus. Workshops include an introduction to teaching, advising, professional development, scholarship, and the promotion and tenure process at LCSC.   

Workshop Leadership

Faculty from across campus are encouraged to lead and develop workshops at the CTL. Over the course of the semester, the workshop is developed by faculty and CTL staff and then implemented annually or each semester.