The Center for Teaching, Research & Learning (CTRL) promotes excellence in teaching and scholarship at American University. CTRL serves as the nexus for faculty development as scholar-teachers who are committed to using evidence-based and data-driven approaches in their pursuits. Our work is guided by the Inclusive Excellence Framework which views diversity, equity, and inclusion as catalysts for achieving institutional and educational excellence. Read more about the Inclusive Excellence Framework.
Request an accessible meeting via email or call (202) 885-2117: CTRL is committed to providing services to all faculty & staff. Considering the inaccessibility of our location at Hurst Hall, we will coordinate the delivery of our services at an accessible location upon request.
Key Resources from CTRL
AI-Generated Writing Models: Prioritizing Equity and Learning
ChatGPT and other artificial intelligence (AI)-generated writing models have come to prominence recently with the public release of ChatGPT. Many have written about the basics of ChatGPT, including how it works and some of the tasks it can complete (such as writing essays, developing syllabi, and generating code). View our resource on prioritizing equity and learning in the age of AI-generated writing models.
CTRL’s Podcast on Qualitative Research
National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity
Through a collaboration between the Office of the Provost, Office of Campus Life & Inclusive Excellence, and Center for Teaching, Research & Learning, American University has joined the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD). Our institutional membership provides faculty, graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars with professional development, training, and mentorship opportunities. NCFDD offers a wide range of virtual programs to help you enhance your productivity, increase your sense of well-being, and connect to a larger academic community. Learn more.
Previously Recorded Workshops
Miss one our our workshops? Check out our Past Events Archive page to view all previously recorded workshops!
The CTRL Beat - new issue!
This online space provides all AU faculty a chance to explore and share new pedagogical insights and to learn about up-and-coming research on teaching and learning from the CTRL team and its Faculty Fellows. Stay on beat with us, and you’ll have all you need each semester!
Remote Learning Resources
As our campus community once again shifts to online instruction on very short notice amidst a public health crisis, we want to highlight a variety of resources to help you. You’ve got this – and we are here for you.
These publications illustrate the research of CTRL staff on a specific topics in teaching and pedagogy, with an occasional inclusion of articles in other topical areas. Our team utilizes this space to not only highlight their intellectual output, but to share valuable learning insights and best practices.
Furthermore, the publications page is an archive of CTRL related content that serves as a searchable database for our community and external partners.
Faculty Guide to Free and Open Source Software (FOSS)
The Faculty Guide lists some free and open source solutions to common software needs and includes software freely available on campus.
Time on Task for Remote Courses
CTRL is happy to provide a Time on Task Guide for planning & teaching your remote course. The purpose of this guide is to help you make informed decisions about allocating student time and effort both during and outside the class periods.