Want a personalized consultation on a teaching issue? CTE can help you with various aspects of your teaching. 

The Center for Teaching Excellence offers instructional design services to support teaching and learning at SMU. The primary focus of working with an instructional designer is to engage in a cooperative dialogue to address the needs of your class. You can work one-on-one with an Instructional Designer for:

  • Face-to-face, hybrid, and online course design
  • Canvas consultation with focus on pedagogy
  • Syllabus redesign
  • Technology implementation for student engagement and/or subject matter showcase
  • Assessment strategies
  • Confidential classroom observations
  • Research partnership on effectiveness of teaching strategies  

To learn more about scheduling a consultation, click on the link below. Please give us some general information about yourself and the type of assistance you are seeking. We look forward to working with you soon.

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Meet our Senior Instructional Designer:

Addy Tolliver, Ed.D.
Senior Instructional Designer

As an Instructional Designer, Dr. Adeline "Addy" Tolliver assists faculty in course development, deployment, and evaluation. She is also responsible for assisting faculty with integration of technology and various pedagogical practices to effectively showcase subject matter content and promote student engagement in face-to-face and online courses. In addition to her role at the CTE, Addy is also an Adjunct Clinical Professor in the Department of Education Policy and Leadership.

Prior to joining SMU's Center for Teaching Excellence, Addy worked at Texas Wesleyan University's Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning as an Instructional Technologist. Before her position at Texas Wesleyan, she was a graduate assistant for the Baylor University Online Teaching and Learning Services, a graduate fellow at the Baylor Academy for Teaching and Learning, and the instructor for TED 3380 (Social Issues in Education), TED 1112 (Technology) lab and the graduate level EDC5370 (Technology Fundamentals).

Additionally, Addy has served as the president of the Baylor Graduate Student Association (2010-2012), the Brazilian Student Association (2009-2011), was a member of the Baylor Teaching and Learning with Technology Committee (2009-2012), a Baylor University liaison for the New Media Consortium Campus Leaders Advisory Board (C-LAB), a NMC Advisory Board Member and Research Assistant and more.

Addy is a native of São Paulo, Brazil. All of her degrees are from Baylor University in Waco, TX where she was also a volleyball letter winner. She has earned a B.F.A in Graphic Design, a M.S.Ed. in Sport Pedagogy and Coaching and an Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction – Instructional Technology (Dissertation Title - Rethinking the Dissertation: A Case Study on the State of Acceptance of New Media Projects as Ed.D. Capstone Experiences).

Addy has presented at numerous professional conferences (OLC, Educause, ELI, NMC, ATE, NAGPS, and others) and has multiple publications in the topic of education including Visions, Voices, and Virtual Journeys: The Future of Distance Education. In Huffman, S. et. al (Eds.), Cases on Building Quality Distance Delivery Programs: Strategies and Experiences (p.269-289). Hershey, PA: IGI and Global and Technology Outlook for Brazilian Primary and Secondary Education 2012-2017: An NMC Horizon Project Sector Analysis. Austin, Texas: The New Media Consortium.

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