Rockford, Illinois

Academy for Teaching and Learning Excellence (ATLE)

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Mission Statement

The Academy for Teaching and Learning Excellence (ATLE) promotes instructional excellence and scholarship at Rock Valley College by serving as a vehicle to advocate, explore, develop, and support effective teaching practices in order to advance knowledge and facilitate success in student learning.

We will accomplish our mission by

  • supporting the present needs of instructors while communicating the potential of evolving pedagogical theory, innovative methodology, and new instructional technologies,

  • employing knowledgeable and talented ATLE staff members who are committed to working with individuals, departments, and programs,

  • designing, delivering, and communicating meaningful professional development opportunities,

  • facilitating recurrent, reflective dialogue about teaching and learning, and

  • providing a comprehensive, contemporary collection of instructional resources

Programs and Services


  • Teaching and Learning Series

Faculty will be invited to attend facilitated yet informal discussions on various topics as they relate to teaching and learning.  These may include

  • technology in the classroom
  • accommodating learning styles
  • writing across the curriculum
  • classroom discipline
  • assessment techniques
  • successfully assigning homework
  • diversity in the classroom
  • improve blended learning course design
  • classroom management
  • how to survive as a new college instructors
  • using course syllabi

The Adjunct Faculty Institute (AFI) The AFI is a comprehensive professional development program for part time instructors that is grounded in research-based pedagogy, convenient, accessible, and immediately applicable to the physical or digital classroom.  All coursework will be conducted on weekends, in the evenings, or via distance learning.  There is a minimum of thirty program hours, but instructors have discretion to develop their courses to best meet the needs of participants.  Such curriculum detail could entail blended delivery (face to face and online coursework) and multiple class sessions.  That is, instead of meeting for one three-hour block, the instructor may determine that three, one-hour classes would better fulfill the learning objectives.

Contact Us

Location: Educational Resource Center (ERC), second floor, room 2418
Phone: (815) 921-4641
E-Mail: A.Feliciano@rockvalleycollege.edu