Welcome to the CTRL Beat!

The CTRL Beat is an online publication that supports CTRL’s mission as AU’s catalyst for inspiring, mentoring, and celebrating faculty in their roles as teachers and researchers. The Beat provides all AU faculty the opportunity to share and explore new pedagogical insights, reflect on best practices and professional development experiences, and to learn about up-and-coming scholarship on teaching and learning from the CTRL team and Faculty Fellows. To support AU’s scholar-teachers, the CTRL Beat is committed to producing works grounded in evidence-based practices and storytelling. We are also guided by the Inclusive Excellence Framework to ensure CTRL’s vision for a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community of practice.

The CTRL Beat releases spring and fall issues each academic year and welcomes contributions dedicated to teaching, research and learning. Stay on beat with us and start each semester strong!

Letters from Leadership


Here at the Center for Teaching Research & Learning, we are always trying to improve our efforts to foster an inclusive and collaborative community of faculty, committed to impactful scholarship and teaching. We especially recognize the importance of our work during this time of mass upheaval and uncertainty. As we continue to fulfill our mission of promoting excellence in scholarship and teaching, one of the initiatives we are focusing on is the CTRL Beat, an online platform dedicated to sharing scholarship on teaching and learning from the perspective from both CTRL staff and AU faculty. 

Some of you may remember the CTRL blog from years’ past and our other resources sharing scholarship. We would like to start fresh with this new platform because we see this as an opportunity for us to bring you timely and relevant information on a variety of topics from our own community of scholars on teaching and learning. Some will likely be things you have encountered before, but others might be new.   

I hope you enjoy the content we provide.  


Kiho Kim
Executive Director 
Center for Teaching, Research & Learning 

Happy New Year! We hope the third issue of The CTRL Beat provides our AU Community with knowledge and resources to tackle a new year of learning.  Below is a letter from our Editors, expressing our thanks to contributors and outlining the themes of the issue. Links for this issue’s articles follow.  


Dear Reader,  


This issue of The CTRL Beat features articles on vital teaching and learning topics including accessibility, classroom technology, formative assessments, breaking news in the classroom, and professional development from a diversity of perspectives.  


In service to The Beat’s commitment to equity and inclusion, this issue includes contributions from a variety of viewpoints, from veteran scholars to graduate student instructors, coaches, and undergraduate students.  


We, the editors, have immense pride in the perspectives our authors provide. As you review these new articles and check out past issues in our archive, we know you will gain insights that will inspire you as you begin this new semester.  


Kind regards, 


Kathryn Grossman, Managing Editor   

Hannah Jardine, Executive Editor