Institute for Teaching and Learning

The Institute for Teaching and Learning (ITL) and the Center for Instructional Design and Distance Education (CIDDE) provide faculty workshops and training that promote excellence in teaching to ensure the highest level of student learning both inside and outside of the classroom. ITL and CIDDE are co-located in BGS 249.

Workshop topics include:

  • Instructional and Course Design (both online and face-to-face)
  • Teaching and Learning Strategies
  • Class Assessment Practices
  • Basic Skills Across the Curriculum
  • Best Practices in Online Instruction

For more information about the ITL, please contact Kathryn Damm.


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Upcoming Events

Blackboard and Bagels
Friday, February 7, 9-10:30am
ITL (BGS 249)

Join fellow faculty, including recent graduates of the Online Educator Program, for an informal discussion on tricks and tips for online teaching and learning.  Gatherings occur the first friday of every month.  Coffee, tea, and bagels will be served.

For information about other scheduled and upcoming events, please visit the Workshops & Training page.

NEW - Faculty Book Club

Are you interested in reading books and getting together to discuss them with your peers?  If so, join the Saddleback College Faculty Book Club!  The first book will be Ken Bain's What the Best College Teachers Do (2004, Harvard University Press).  The meeting date will be Friday, January 31st, at 11am.

If you want to join us, please RSVP to Claire Cesareo.  The plan is to read one book a semester! Click here for a flyer to post and distribute.

NEW AND IMPROVED - Teaching Mentorship Program

New to teaching or would you like a fresh look at your courses? Would you like to have a mentor offer you some helpful tips and constructive advice?

Then consider participating in the Institute for Teaching and Learning's new and improved Teaching Mentorship Program.

Instructors will be paired with an instructor who will, in a collegial and confidential manner, work with you during a single two-hour session to help improve your class or simply offer some alternative ideas.

If you would like to participate, please email Kathy Damm.  Let us know what course you are considering and we'll set you up with one of our friendly mentors.

Faculty Learning Communities

A Faculty Learning Community (FLC) is a small group of interdisciplinary faculty engaged in a collaborative dialogue about teaching and learning. FLCs generally meet once every month over the course of a year to work on implementing innovative practices inside and outside of the classroom.

The FLCs for 2013-2014 are:

  • Assignments Beyond the Text and Classroom (Facilitator:  Bob Cosgrove – Thursday afternoons)
  • Efficient and Effective Grading (Facilitator:  Kathy Damm – Thursdays 10:30am)
  • Flipping the Classroom/The Assignment Menu (Facilitator:  Christina Hinkle – Fridays 9am)
  • Globalizing the Classroom (Faciltator:  Thomas O’Leary – Mondays 2pm)
  • Honors Pedagogy (Facilitator:  Alannah Rosenberg – Tuesday evenings)
  • The Art of Storytelling (Facilitator:  Claire Cesareo – Wednesdays 4:30pm)

If you would like to participate in one of these FLCs, please fill out the application form and submit to Claire Cesareo by Monday, November 4th.  The facilitator will then contact you about the first organizational meeting to be held prior to the end of the Fall semester.