Center for Teaching, Learning & Technology


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CTLT's staff (instructional designers and directors) are available to all Cal Poly faculty (full or part-time) for confidential consultations on teaching effectiveness. All CTLT staff hold advanced degrees, have years of experience as faculty developers, and bring experience teaching at the university level. These can be opportunities to problem solve specific challenges, to consider and implement new methods, or to explore instructional innovations. Only faculty-initiated requests are available as CTLT staff cannot participate in any aspect of faculty evaluation processes or supervisor-directed interventions. Appointments can be arranged for online sessions or for on-campus sessions.

CTLT Consulting Staff and Areas of Expertise

All CTLT staff are well-prepared to provide general guidance on scholarship-based ideas, options and recommendations regarding a broad range of effective instruction methods and models. Each staff member also has areas of interest and expertise that can be especially helpful for specific challenges or goals, and those are noted below.

Appointments can be made by contacting a specific staff member directly via email to arrange a time and mode that are mutually workable. Whenever possible, appointments should be scheduled at least one week ahead of time as staff members' schedules are typically quite full.

Canvas Support (canvassupport@calpoly.edu): calendly.com/canvassupport

Pam Dougherty, MS Ed (padoughe@calpoly.edu)

  • Accessibility for students with disabilities
  • Universal Design for Learning
  • Canvas course development 
  • Online and hybrid course design and teaching strategies 
  • Team Learning strategies
  • Active Learning methods
  • Student learning outcomes and course alignment
  • Authentic Assessment

Catherine Hillman, MS Ed (cehillma@calpoly.edu)

  • Using technology to support teaching and learning  
  • Online course design and teaching
  • Hybrid course design and teaching

Sarah Macdonald, PhD (smacdo05@calpoly.edu)

  • Inclusive Teaching 
  • Equitable Teaching Practices 
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Curriculum 
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Assignment Design 
  • Creating Inclusive Classroom Environments 
  • Responding to Microaggressions and -isms in the Classroom 
  • Dealing with Difficult Situations in the Classroom 
  • Discussion and Facilitation Strategies 
  • Syllabus, Course, and Assignment Design 

Tonia Malone, MS Ed (tmalone@calpoly.edu)

  • Canvas Learning Management System (LMS) support  
  • Using Technology to support teaching and learning  
  • LMS Integrations 
  • Online Teaching  

Dianna Winslow, PhD (diwinslo@calpoly.edu)

  • General syllabus, course, and assignment design 
  • Pedagogical methodologies and practices 
  • Alternative Assessment in virtual and in-person learning environments
  • Writing & Assessment in virtual environments 
  • Writing across the Curriculum assignment and assessment design 
  • Writing in the Disciplines assignment and assessment design 

Patrick O'Sullivan, PhD (posulliv@calpoly.edu)

  • Syllabus, course, and assignment design 
  • Active learning methods
  • Learner-centered teaching
  • Assessing student learning (formative and summative)
  • Effective learning outcomes
  • Teaching philosophy
  • Mentoring networks
  • Applying the science of learning

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