In addition to quality programs and resources, we offer consultative services to faculty and staff. Whether you’re teaching in a classroom or online and would like to fine-tune your materials or advance your instruction, we are here to assist. If you need to stop by the Center for a quick tip, plan to move an entire program online, or anything in between, reach out to us any time.

Our expertise includes:

  • Incorporating active learning strategies 
  • Integrating technology in teaching
  • Increasing student motivation
  • Developing courses and curriculum
  • Developing students’ critical thinking skills
  • Assessing student learning outcomes
  • Teaching underprepared students

Sample Project Archive

Online Proctoring Task Force. CATL led a Technology Council task force that examined the possibility of adopting an institutional solution for online proctoring in the spring of 2021. The task force discussed the current state of proctoring at SOU, reviewed current reporting on proctoring, and surveyed faculty regarding their assessment practices and views on external proctoring.

LMS Review. SOU’s contract with Moodlerooms, our Learning Management System (LMS) hosting service, expired in 2018. The end of this contract offered the opportunity to explore possibilities for hosting Moodle elsewhere and to review other LMS platforms. 

Re-Imagining the First Year (RFY). Sponsored by AASCU and the Gates Foundation from 2016-2018 and aimed at ensuring success for all students, particularly those who have historically been underserved by higher education: low income, first generation, and students of color. 

Exploring ePortfolios. An ePortfolio Task Force was formed in the spring of 2014 to conduct a consultative process for systematically exploring the potential role of ePortfolios in teaching, learning, and assessment at SOU.

Growing Online Enrollments. After a Fall 2014 retreat focused on strategies to increase enrollments, the Provost asked the Center for Instructional Support Director and staff to develop a report focused on growing online enrollments. 


Clay AustinClayton Austin

Clayton Austin directs the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning at SOU. With over ten years of experience teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses face-to-face and online, he is committed to creating inclusive and equitable learning environments and employing research-based instructional practices. He has held teaching and administrative appointments at the University of Southern California, the University of Nottingham Ningbo China, and Cengage Learning. As the J. Hillis Miller Presidential Fellow he was awarded a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Florida. His current interests include culturally relevant teaching, mindfulness-based education, and using design thinking to innovate around curriculum and instruction.

Associate Director of Faculty Scholarship Development and Research Compliance

Anne SebancAnne Sebanc

Anne Sebanc is the Associate Director of Faculty Scholarship Development and Research Compliance at SOU’s Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning. She holds a B.S. in Psychology from the University of California, Davis and a Ph.D. in Child Psychology from the University of Minnesota. Anne was previously a professor of Child Development and Education at Whittier College. Her other roles at the private liberal arts college were the Director of Faculty Research as well as Senior Faculty Fellow for the Center for Engagement with Communities. With over 20 years of teaching, research and community engaged learning experiences, Anne loves to assist faculty engaged in one or all of these activities and find funding to support them. Her previous federally funded research focuses on the influence of peer relationships from preschool through emerging adulthood.

Teaching Specialist

Bridgette O'BrienBridgette O'Brien

Bridgette O’Brien is the Teaching Specialist at SOU’s Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning. She holds an undergraduate degree in Comparative World Religions from the University of Puget Sound, a master’s degree from Columbia University’s religion department, and a Ph.D. in Religion and Nature from the University of Florida. Before joining SOU, Bridgette held teaching positions at Humboldt State University, Santa Fe Community College, and Pacific Lutheran University. Additionally, she served as the Director of Academic Affairs at a private K-12 school in Tacoma, WA, working on curricular and assessment alignment. With 25 years of teaching and co-curricular program experience, Bridgette is passionate about innovative curriculum development, drawing from her global experiences and knowledge. Her research focuses on best practices and strategies for community- based learning projects and integrating sustainability and social justice into course designs. Beyond academia, she is an avid outdoor enthusiast who enjoys competing in triathlons, racing sailboats and cherishing moments on alpine summits.

Instructional Designer

Hart WilsonHart Wilson

Hart Wilson applied her bachelor’s degree in French as a high school French teacher at Crescent Valley High School in Corvallis, Oregon for four years. She honed her skills in project management during stints in the fair industry and the NBA, and as the owner of a vineyard and winery in Northeast Ohio. While enrolled in SOU’s Master in Management program in 1999, Hart accepted a .25 position at SOU and has been involved in supporting faculty with technology and teaching strategies ever since. An instructional designer in the CATL since 2012, she is an enthusiastic fan of Moodle and has served as the project manager for the online MBA and MSEd programs. She taught Project Management for the School of Business from 2002 until 2019.