Teaching Support


How can I encourage participation in my class?
What is active learning? What could it look like in my class?
What makes a course accessible?
Where should I begin when creating a course?

The Teaching Support Team is here to collaborate with you on all of your teaching related needs.

Here at the Center for Teaching, Research & Learning we work to bring you the most up-to-date pedagogical practices to enhance your teaching. We have several guides, templates, and resources to help along the way.

If you feel you need additional information in a particular area, or want to walk through an idea for an innovative and unique lesson plan, feel free to schedule a One-on-One Consultation with an instructional designer.

Teaching Resources

One-on-One Consultations

Interested in a more personalized conversation about your course? Build on your successes in the classroom with a private consultation with a Teaching Support team member. We can discuss all teaching-related questions or ideas you have, including how to incorporate innovative teaching techniques in an authentic way to your teaching style, and can brainstorm about other enhancements for your course.

National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD)

American University’s institutional NCFDD 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.

Open Educational Resources

OER are available in a wide variety of disciplines, academic levels, and formats including textbooks, online quizzes, instructional modules, assignments, articles, interactive simulations, and image, video, and audio files.

Creating a System of Peer Observation of Teaching

Interested in participating in Peer Observation? Want to research how to make it the most impactful? Take a look at this PDF guide for some ideas to integrate into your own process.


The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) describes research in which we systematically assess our teaching practices.

Syllabus Guide

This Syllabus Guide includes items commonly included in course syllabi. You can view any of the individual topics for more detailed information and copy and paste the information into your syllabus as you see fit.

Midsemester Course Analysis

As we approach the midterm of the semester our students have a clear understanding of how our courses are structured and what to expect. This is the perfect time to elicit formative feedback from students. The Center for Teaching, Research & Learning (CTRL) is available to facilitate a discussion with your students and provide you with a Midsemester Course Analysis.

Online Learning Course

Are you teaching an online course next semester or in the near future? The Online Learning Certification Course is a great place to start. Join CTRL staff and your fellow faculty members to begin crafting the foundations of your online course.

CTRL Teaching Tips

This is our invitation to you to explore a collection of topics that can help enrich your teaching each. These resources are grouped in four categories to help you find the content that is most applicable: Preparing to Teach, Assessing Student Learning, Teaching Strategies, and Tech Tools.

Green Teaching

Learn about becoming a Certified Green Teacher or just get a few ideas of how to improve your classroom sustainability.