Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT)

Shared Practices

  • Synchronous Online Teaching Session (2/1/2021)

    Are you teaching synchronously this term and want to learn and share tips, techniques, success and lessons learned?

    Please sign up to attend this webinar session on Friday, February 5, 2021, 10:30am – 12pm via WebEx (link provided
    on sign up form).

    Sign up here

    Questions? Contact Aura Lippincott (

  • Register now for Online Teaching of Psychology Conference (9/22/2020)

    Date & Time: November 13, 2020, 8am-5pm, Eastern

    Cost: FREE full-day ONLINE conference attendance

    CEU: FREE continuing education units from University of Saint Joseph (a BCBA approved provider of Type II CEUs)

    Registration link:

    Registration Deadline: November 11, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

    The conference will highlight the role of behavior analysis in higher education with an emphasis in best practices for online instruction.

    The conference has a great line-up of passionate professors: Drs. Christy Alligood (Morning Keynote: UF), James Diller (ECSU), Stephanie Kuhn (WCSU), Joseph Dracobly (Afternoon Keynote: UNT), Maya Aloni (WCSU), Meghan Brahm (SCSU), and Charlotte Mann (USJ). Don’t miss out on an exciting panel discussion moderated by Aura Lippincott (WCSU) with Drs. Neeta Connally (WCSU), Kaston Anderson-Carpenter (MSU), Sharon Young (WCSU), and Nicole DeRonck (WCSU), who will share best practices for fostering community and rapport in online environments. More info about our speakers and topics.

  • CELT Coffee Hour, 9/2 10:30 am (9/1/2020)

    CELT Coffee Hour 9/2/2020 10:30am -11:30am

    Dear Faculty, please join CELT for an informal conversation among peers about teaching. Share and discuss with colleagues your Fall 2020 first week’s experiences, challenges, success stories, moments of joy or disappointment, and useful tips. Faculty at all ranks, tracks and disciplines are invited to join the conversation. Bring your late morning cup of joe and meet a supportive community of human, passionate, and compassionate educators.   Hosted by Brosh Teucher

    Meeting link (requires WCSU login)

  • Part 2: Demystifying the digital pedagogy of teaching online (5/5/2020)

    Session recording (requires WCSU login)

    You are invited to CELT online faculty panel discussion… Friday, May 8, 12pm-1pm, via WebEx (WCSU Login required to access WebEx meeting link)

    Please join your colleagues for another thought-provoking conversation about the digital pedagogy of teaching online hosted by the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching.

    This session will focus on fostering online student engagement and learning through fostering community and rapport in the class.  We will discuss a variety of techniques, such as group work, discussion, peer to peer learning and other online course community building techniques. Faculty panelists will share their experience, tips, techniques, and lessons learned on this important and challenging aspect of online learning.

    Hosted by Adam Brewer, CELT Director
    Opening Remarks by Missy Alexander, Provost
    Moderated by Aura Lippincott, Instructional Designer


    • Maya Aloni, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
    • Nicole DeRonck, Ph.D., Ed.D., CRC, School Counseling Program Coordinator, Assistant Professor of Counseling, Department of Education & Educational Psychology
    • Sharon Yamen, J.D., Associate Professor, Division of Justice & Law Administration
    • Sharon Young, LCSW, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Social Work
  • CELT Panel: Demystifying the digital pedagogy of teaching online (4/16/2020)

    Watch the recording (requires WCSU login)

    4/17/2020 With four weeks of emergency remote teaching behind you, are you looking to take your online teaching to the next level? Are you new to online, or have some experience, but want to learn “how others are doing it?” As we have all moved to remote teaching, what are some lessons learned that we can apply to the rest of the semester and beyond? During this session, faculty panelists – from brand new to experienced practitioners – will share their experiences, lessons learned, “aha” moments, and the challenges and rewards of online teaching. Learn about what is involved in planning, preparing and facilitating an online course. Gain insights on how this modality is different from (and the same) as on-ground teaching. Learn valuable lessons, tips and tricks from those who have already tried (with or without success).

    Hosted by Adam Brewer, Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. Moderated by Aura Lippincott, Instructional Designer


    • Eileen Campbell, EdD, APRN, ACNS-BC, Assistant Professor, Undergraduate Coordinator, Department of Nursing
    • Bruce Dunbar, MA, Adjunct Professor, Photography, Department of Art
    • Kristin A. Giamanco, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences
    • Stephanie Kuhn, PhD, Assistant Professor, Coordinator ABA Program, Department of Education
  • Tech Scoop – call for faculty presenters! (3/6/2020)

  • Discussion Board: Best Teaching Practices (10/23/2019)

    We are developing a discussion board on Blackboard. This online forum is designed to remove traditional physical barriers between faculty–especially when we have two separate campus locations. The goal is to create a safe space to discuss teaching topics such as pedagogy, technology, mentoring, etc.  We hope to cultivate a growth/entrepreneurial mindset culture to adopt best practices and foster collaboration among teaching faculty. Potential rewards may include social support and opportunities for professional development. If you are interested in participating in this pilot program, please email me directly at

  • CELT Faculty Spotlight: Professor Ken Scaglia (10/12/2019)

    Check out how out this talented faculty member scaffolds a challenging assignment and evokes excellent outcomes!

    Professor Ken Scaglia

    Professor of Art – Foundation + Applied Arts

    Department of Art

    Honors 398

    Identify Yourself

    Spring 2019, 2020

    The course aims to present the connection between visual arts and self-awareness in the changing world of what a person’s identity means for their future. Included are contemporary art-making methods and how the making of art involves creative problem solving. The relationship between process, form, and content for presentations will also be examined.

    Mask Project. Create two masks, either contrasting in form or a progression of form.

    The mask project will develop both the ability to conceal and reveal in the constructed form of two masks which can substitute or distort our true selves. The mask forms will be discovered through discussion and examination of personal authenticity.

    Week 1: Introduction of mask histories. Presentation of examples and resources.

    Week 2: Sketch development, collection of materials for scale mockups.

    Week 3: Source materials. Begin assemblies.

    Week 4: Assemblies continue.

    Week 5: Final assemblies and photography.

    At each step in the process an individual critique will take place.

    Each student has the opportunity to confront their personal authenticity and reveal aspects of their complexity as a person to others. The class-wide discussions that take place are spirited, yet respectful, and guided toward the artistic method and form which helps realize the final presentation.

  • Tech Scoop, 4/24, 10am-12pm, WH 127 (4/10/2019)

  • How Voicethread made my online class more personable (2/13/2018)

    By Sharon Young, WCSU Department of Social Work

    I was fortunate to take the online teaching workshop offered by CELT/TIDDL last summer. Like many of my colleagues, I felt intimidated by the idea of conveying classroom content in an online platform. The workshop spurred me to think about new ways to use technology to have an asynchronous dialogue. The message boards on Blackboard are fine, but I wanted something better. This is where Voicethread comes in. The Voicethread platform is easily, yes easily, accessible through computer, tablet, and phone. My students get a log in so they can view and create their own Voicethreads. My social work research course has always involved student presentations of research proposals. Voicethread allows them to easily upload Powerpoint slides, photos, or videos and comment on each slide. Then they can get feedback from me and their peers about their work. I can upload my lecture slides and record my voice, make notes on each slide, and drop in any media along the way. Check out my quick video below to see it in action.