About Us

Bridget Arend, Owner & Lead Facilitator

Dr. Bridget Arend has 20 years of experience supporting teaching and learning in higher education. She currently consults, conducts workshops and speaks about issues related to college teaching for universities and educational conferences. Bridget is the former Executive Director of the Office of Teaching and Learning at the University of Denver (DU), where she spent 13 years consulting with faculty members from all disciplines about teaching and learning, facilitating and overseeing professional development events, and organizing teaching-related initiatives. Bridget continues to teach part time at DU’s Morgridge College of Education and University College’s Communications Department. Bridget received her PhD in Higher Education and Adult Learning and continues to write and pursue research interests including teaching strategies in higher education, encouraging critical thinking in discussions, the role of reflection in learning and alternative ways to evaluate teaching. She is co-author of a comprehensive book about instructional practices in higher education, Facilitating Seven Ways of Learning: A Resource for More Purposeful, Effective and Enjoyable College Teaching.

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As the owner of Intentional College Teaching, I commit to working towards a just and equitable society. I commit to learning more about how equity, inclusion, and diversity goals are not enough, and are not synonymous with anti-racism. As Paulo Freire has long stated, education is not neutral, and all acts of education are political. I commit to learning how I can do more, to continually reviewing and updating the courses and facilitation practices offered through ICT, and to furthering my personal and professional actions with the intent of practicing and sharing anti-racist, inclusive pedagogy. – Bridget Arend

Teaching Professor Blog Post: Keep Calm and Redesign with Perspective


We are indebted to Linda Jacoby and Optimize Learning for the original design of these courses and for developing successful processes for online course delivery. Optimize Learning developed a loyal following after offering these and other courses to higher education professionals for nearly six years. We aim to continue this tradition of evidence-based practice combined with personalized expert feedback. 

Our Authors

Dr. Saundra McGuire is the Director Emerita of the Center for Academic Success and retired Assistant Vice Chancellor and Professor of Chemistry at Louisiana State University. She has delivered keynote addresses or presented workshops on metacognitive learning strategies to help students succeed at over 300 institutions in 44 states and eight countries. Prior to joining LSU, she spent eleven years at Cornell University, where she received the coveted Clark Distinguished Teaching Award. Her best-selling book, Teach Students How to Learn, was published by Stylus in 2015.  The student version of this book, Teach Yourself How to Learn, became available in January 2018.

Dr. L. Dee Fink was previously teaching faculty and the founding director of the Instructional Development Program at the University of Oklahoma, Dee currently leads numerous workshops at conferences and on  campuses and serves as a consultant to faculty and institutions in higher education in the US, Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. To learn more about Dee and his work, visit: https://www.deefinkandassociates.com


New courses and authors coming in 2021!