The Center for Innovative Teaching, Learning, and Engagement (CITLE) provides professional development opportunities to engage faculty in innovation and excellence in teaching, learning, and scholarship that will further the goals of the undergraduate curriculum at the University.

Thus, this initiative will provide professional development activities that support CAU academic and online programs, advance faculty innovative teaching, support faculty scholarship opportunities, and enhance their engagement in major and career pathway explorations. CITLE’s mission is to support the advancement of teaching best practices, transformative and research-based learning.

CITLE Programming and Professional Development Opportunities

We offer a number of programs and services to support the professional development needs of CAU faculty. We offer year round opportunities to help faculty improve their pedagogy to engage learners.


Canvas 101

This self-guided online course walks you through the basics of our learning management system, Canvas. This is also the prerequisite course for tTEC. Participants must score an 80 or higher in Canvas 101 to be eligible for tTEC certification (explained in the next section). If you are interested, please contact


tTEC (technology to Transform Educational Content-deliver) Online Teaching Certification

tTEC is CAU’s online teaching certification. As indicated in the SACS COC approval for CAU to operate online programs, faculty assigned to teach online courses MUST be tTEC certified.

tTEC certification requires the successful completion of Canvas 101 (self-paced course in which learners demonstrate proficiency with key features of Canvas) and the 5-week online tTEC course. CITLE's Online Instructional Technologists facilitate these courses 4-6 times each calendar year.


Upcoming tTEC Courses

Please contact


Faculty Development Institute (FDI)

Faculty Development Institutes are intensive professional development opportunities open to full-time and part-time faculty.


Faculty Development Walk-In Support

Appointments can be scheduled by emailing


How May We Help You?

Our staff is here to support your instructional technology needs.


Dr. Charmayne Patterson, Director

Liaison to Deans, Department Chairs, Unit Heads, and the Office of the Provost


Robert Swift, Jr., Sr. Instructional Designer and Quality Assurance Manager 

Provides instructional design services for HyFlex and Online offerings.

Conducts quality assurance reviews of online and blended courses, based on Quality Matters standards.


Dr. Jessica Ruiz, Instructional Technologist 

Provides direct technical support on the Canvas learning management system (LMS)

for all online instructors and students.


Brooke Jones, Instructional Technologist

Provides direct technical support on the Canvas learning management system (LMS)

for all online instructors and students.


Frank A. Edwards, Manager, Digital Content Studio

Provides audiovisual services to support HyFlex and Online offerings.