Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

Welcome to the CETL

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) collaborates with Merrimack College faculty to design, build and innovate transformative educational experiences. We accomplish this through the intentional integration of academic technology and strong pedagogical practices. 

A Dynamic and Responsive Approach

  • We assist all faculty and instructional staff in the process of becoming excellent teachers in order to support student success, resilience and retention.
  • Cognitive learning theory, culturally responsive pedagogy and Universal Design for Learning are the foundations of this work and inform all Center programming and consultations.
  • As co-creators and learning experts, we can help you design quality online and hybrid courses, create engaging activities and assignments, facilitate effective dialogues and labs, and learn powerful educational technologies and support the success of all learners.

Self-Serve Teaching Resources


Learn more about our popular teaching tools, designed to support you and your students’ success. 

Canvas is a powerful learning management system built to make teaching and learning easier for everyone. It brings educators and students together in a tool-enhanced learning environment that is dynamic, supportive and mobile.

Merrimack’s Teaching Studio provides a technologically advanced environment for faculty members to deliver their content in a visually appealing and pedagogically effective manner.

Panopto is Merrimack’s lecture capture tool that allows instructors to record and share videos with their students. It can be accessed within all Canvas courses and can also be used by students to submit video course assignments.

ExamSoft is an exam management and proctoring platform. It is designed to streamline the process of creating, administering and grading exams in a secure and efficient manner.

InSpace is a collaborative virtual platform that allows users to interact, communicate and collaborate in a shared virtual environment that brings users together.


Respondus LockDown Browser is a custom web browser designed to prevent students from accessing unauthorized resources during online assessments. It helps maintain exam integrity and ensures a level playing field.

Can't Find What You're Looking For?

Our self-service teaching resources above are designed to answer your questions about CETL's services and tools. If you have additional questions, please email


See some of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning’s popular resources for the Merrimack teaching community. 



Watch how Mathematics Associate Professor Brandy Benedict creates unique, engaging and seamless learning for students using the iPad and Apple Pencil in the mathematics classroom and how she’s building her own app to satisfy assessment needs.