Author Guidelines 

Types of Submissions

Blog-style articles related to topics on pedagogy, student-centered learning, academic research and best practices, Inclusive Excellence, AU policy in practice, course design, and LMS/software utilization. This is list is not exhaustive, and we welcome new ideas and contributions that align with the CTRL mission to promote excellence in teaching and scholarship across the disciplines. 

General Guidelines

  1. Post length: 500-1000 words, single-spaced 
  2. Paragraph length: Short to medium (100 – 200 words) 
  3. Tone: Conversational/anecdotal (if academic/scholarly jargon is used, terms should be defined) 
  4. Citations: APA formatting (using footnotes/endnotes are acceptable) 
  5. Includes references and a “Further Reading” section with 1-3 suggested readings or other related media 
  6. Includes a short bio of the author (25-50 words) 
  7. Images, tables, and graphs (optional):  
    • Max: 2 
    • Pixel ratio: 400 x 400 (max) 
    • Format: jpeg, jpg, png 
    • Includes alternative text 

Resources for Writing Your Blog Post

The following resources offer a wide variety of content that can help you shape and form your own contributions to The Beat. If you’re looking for inspiration, we recommend the following resources as your starting point: 

Faculty Focus 

Teaching/Learning Matters 

The Learning Scientists 

The Effortful Educator