Welcome to the Faculty Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning at Lewis University. Our goal is to help faculty members create a rich and transformative learning environment that provides an engaging and challenging experience for students.
The Center staff members are dedicated to providing faculty with the ability to engage in development activities, to fully integrate innovative technology solutions in the classroom environment and to evaluate student learning, regardless of the modality.
Through personalized support and training, as well as workshops created to introduce new technology and teaching strategies, the Center is dedicated to providing the necessary resources for faculty members to provide a dynamic learning environment for our students.
If you have any questions or have a willingness to lead a workshop in your area of interest or expertise, please do not hesitate to contact us at email@example.com.
We look forward to working with you.Anne Figus, Ed.D.
The mission of the Assessment Office is to support the communication and implementation of a cohesive university-wide assessment system for continuous improvement of student learning and institutional effectiveness at Lewis University.
The Faculty Development Committee serves as liaisons by providing advisory support and advocating for faculty initiatives that promote professional growth including mentoring, scholarship, and pedagogy that support student success in the spirit of the Lasallian Mission.
The Academic Technology Solutions Team focuses on advancing teaching and learning through the development, support and research of technologies related to instructional strategies for faculty and students.
Dr. Dominic Colonna, Professor of Theology, joined the Lewis family in 1999. He is a graduate of Connecticut College with a Master of Divinity from Yale University and a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Fordham University. While Dr. Colonna has contributed to theological publications and admits that he has had other opportunities to do administrative work, he states that his most enjoyable role at Lewis is “working with students.” When asked what led him to this profession, he stated, “discernment – a process by which we figure out what we are called to do in the world. It involves not only reflection, meaning using your head, but it includes looking into your heart. It’s being honest about yourself, and then you combine your head and your heart to figure out who you should be and what you should do.”
As an instructor, Dr. Colonna employs unique strategies in his classroom, like the use of art, to bring out conversation about topics such as faith and theology. He states that “a conversation about art and beauty is less intimidating than talking about truths; we can be a little bit more relaxed” and it creates a “way of getting into heavier topics, like religion and faith. The use of art is very effective because it invites people; it engages them.”
Dr. Colonna is currently coordinating the development of a full-semester program of study at the Christian Brothers headquarters in Rome, scheduled for the spring 2018 semester. “The goal” he explains “is to use the headquarters of the Christian Brothers in Rome, as an international learning center. I am planning to live in Rome for 12 weeks. The idea is to build this collaborative learning center in Rome with six other schools.” In closing, Dr. Colonna cites De La Salle’s Meditation 139.3: “The greatest miracle you can perform is to touch the hearts of your students.”
Indeed it is, Dr. Colonna.
Voice Thread Workshops
Do you want to explore a new way of engaging your students? Then you might want to consider the use of the VoiceThread tool within Blackboard. Setup assignments, discussion forums, or use this tool for students to submit projects (PPT presentations, videos, etc…) that other students can review/comment on. Grading can be done in VoiceThread and synced with the Bb grade center.
Visit VoiceThreads’ workshop schedule for upcoming workshops or to review past workshops. The ‘VoiceThread Basics 1 – upload, comment and share’ workshop is coming up (March 7th).VoiceThread Workshops