Teaching Resources

Teacher with students adn laptopTeaching is a fundamentally valuable component of a faculty member's experience at CSU. As such, the CTRE provides resources and services to ensure that that experience is as successful as possible, for both students and faculty alike.

Keep Teaching

The global coronavirus outbreak has caused significant disruption, and many universities and colleges are changing how they deliver educational services.  At this time, CSU is moving to e-learning for the remainder of the Spring ’20 semester. As we navigate this disruption, we are working on plans to help and support their e-learning efforts through technology over the coming weeks. Information Technology and the Center for Teaching and Research Excellence are working as one team to support this effort.

The CSU Faculty Handbook provides information on operational procedures for all academic employees (units A, B, and C), as well as individuals supervising those employees.

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Information about Online Certification Training (OCT) and other online faculty development opportunities can be found on our Moodle Faculty Support page

The CTRE holds an institutional membership with the following groups. This entitles faculty at CSU to take advantage of various meetings, conferences, and development opportunities throughout the year, oftentimes free of cost.

Faculty Resource Network Faculty Resource Network (FRN)

This consortium, spearheaded by New York University, is an award-winning professional development initiative that sponsors programs for faculty members from over 50 colleges and universities. FRN hosts lectures, symposia, and intensive seminars, all of which are designed to improve the quality of teaching and learning at its member institutions.


Chicago Area Faculty Development (CAFDN)

CAFDN is a non-profit consortium of colleges and universities dedicated to promoting the improvement of college teaching by providing a convenient and affordable way for professionals to exchange ideas and best practices in various fields of practice.


Chicago Area Assesment Group (CAAG)

The mission of CAAG is to advance the understanding of assessment and its impact on college and university planning and effectiveness. Its goal is to serve as a professional peer group that provides a forum for sharing best practices, soliciting feedback, and creating an open dialogue for gathering information and thinking through ideas.


Illinois Online Network

ION is a state-wide organization that provides faculty professional development courses, on-site presentations, annual conferences, and access to an online rubric to assess and guide the development of online courses. It has a wealth of resources to assist both the veteran and newcomer online instructor alike.


Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education (POD)

POD fosters human development in higher education through faculty, instructional, and organizational development. It provides support and services for its members through publications, conferences, consulting, and networking, and fulfills an advocacy role for informing policy makers of the value of professional development in higher education.


Consortium for Illinois Learning Communities (CILC)

This organization seeks to promote and support the development of learning communities il Illinois colleges and universities. CILC sponsors an annual best practices symposium, offers expertise to institutions seeking to develop learning communities, and provides a means of facilitating collaboration between its members' institutions.


Supporting Learning and Technology in Education (SLATE)

SLATE was created from the concept that all institutions that use Web-based components to enhance their teaching and learning activities have the same questions, challenges, and the need for solutions. By drawing together the expertise of the people involved in the entire academic experience, a broader, more accessible support system can be established.

The web is full of excellent resources for faculty to learn about best practices and new technologies, connect with faculty from around the world, and bring engaging activities into their teaching. Below are just a handful of examples.