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GET SET Workshop Certificates

Graduate students, future educators, and teaching assistants have the opportunity to earn a GET SET workshop certificate of participation
by attending three or more GET SET workshops within a certificate category within a two-year period. In completing a GET SET workshop certificate, participants will explore multiple aspects of a key topic in higher education. Additionally, earning a workshop certificate allows participants to document their participation in the series and demonstrate their commitment to teaching excellence and professional development, qualities that are becoming increasingly important in the academic job market. Participants may earn up to eight certificates: one in each certificate category.

GET SET Workshop Certificate Categories


See a full list of GET SET Workshop Descriptions.

Assessing Learning and Teaching

Assessment is the process of discovering what students have learned and measuring the effectiveness of your teaching.

As a result of participating in a minimum of three workshops in the Certificate in Assessing Learning and Teaching you will be able to:

  • Outline the steps for creating student learning outcomes.
  • Describe methods of assessing student learning and/or teaching.

Workshops for Certificate:
Required:

  • Designing Learning Outcomes for Your Course (formerly: What Do I Want my Students to Learn? Identifying Learning Objectives as the Basis for Instruction and Assessment)

Plus any two from the following:

        • Designing Learning Outcomes for Your Course
        • Utilizing Classroom Assessment Techniques to Evaluate Student Learning
        • Using Student Feedback to Assess and Improve your Teaching
        • Creating and Using Effective Assessment Instruments
        • Creating and Implementing
        • Designing Student Assessments to Evaluate Yourself as a Teacher
        • Designing Student Assessments to Evaluate Yourself as a Teacher (formerly: Using Student Feedback to Assess and Improve your Teaching)
        • Creating and Implementing Assessment Techniques to Evaluate Student Learning and Creating and Using Effective Assessment Instruments
        • Grading Effectively


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Course Design

This workshop series provides the foundational tools and strategies necessary to construct a well-developed course. Participants will discuss various ways to align their teaching philosophies, course objectives and outcomes, assessment strategies, and instructional methods, and communicate these in their course syllabi.

As a result of participating in a minimum of three workshops in the Certificate in Course Design you will be able to:

  • Describe approaches to designing a course.
  • Review how to evaluate a course.

Workshops for Certificate (any three):

  • Designing Learning Outcomes for Your Course
  • What Do I Want my Students to Learn? Identifying Learning Objectives as the Basis for Instruction and Assessment
  • Reflective Course Development: Creating a Learning-Centered Syllabus
  • Reflective Course Development: Choosing and Implementing Instructional Methods
  • An Integrated Course Design Approach to Planning Your Class (Formerly: Integrated Course Design)
  • Universal Design for Learning


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Creating an Engaging Classroom

Regardless of your course's content, establishing an engaging classroom environment is crucial to the development of student learning. This workshop series examines strategies for creating interaction in the classroom from various pedagogical perspectives. The goal of the series is to provide participants with a variety of concrete tools with which to promote student engagement, facilitate discussion, construct a collaborative learning environment, and deliver effective and engaging lectures and presentations.

As a result of participating in a minimum of three workshops in the Certificate in Creating an Engaging Classroom you will be able to:

  • Explore classroom strategies that engage students.
  • Describe how to implement one or two classroom strategies to engage students.

Workshops for Certificate (any three):

  • Active Learning Strategies for Engaging Students in the Classroom
  • Facilitating Interactive Classroom Discussions
  • Designing Classroom Activities that Get Students Involved
  • Building a Collaborative Learning Environment
  • Engaging Lectures and Effective Presentations
  • Building a Collaborative Learning Environment
  • Engaging Students in Quantitative Courses (formerly: Engaging Approaches to Quantitative Courses)
  • Facilitating Interactive Classroom Discussions
  • Engaging Lectures & Effective Presentations (formerly: How to Design Engaging Lectures and Effective Presentations)


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Developing a Professional Identity in Teaching

Developing a professional identity in teaching is an indispensable part of job-market preparation and serves as a medium through which to explore and articulate your teaching philosophy and practices. This workshop series provides the tools and strategies necessary to develop and communicate your teaching philosophy and professional achievements, and to demonstrate your abilities as an academic leader.

As a result of participating in a minimum of three workshops in the Certificate in Developing a Professional Identity in Teaching you will be able to:

  • Describe strategies to develop a professional teaching idenity.
  • Explore techniques for communicating a professional teaching identity.

Workshops for Certificate:
Required:

  • Developing a Statement of Teaching Philosophy (formerly: Establishing Your Philosophy of Teaching and Learning)

And either

        • Designing an Electronic Teaching Portfolio

OR

        • Establishing Your Online Professional Presence (formerly: Establishing a Professional Electronic Identity)

Plus one workshop from the following:

        • Overcoming Anxiety about Public Speaking
        • Tips on Writing a Strong Teaching Philosophy
        • Teaching and Leadership Development: Finding the Leader Within You
        • Future Faculty Roles and Expectations
        • Designing a Teaching Portfolio for an Academic Job Search
        • Building Classroom Communication Skills
        • Teaching and Leadership Development: Finding the Leader Within You
 


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Enhancing Teaching with Technology

A plethora of technological resources are available to instructors at Cornell, but choosing technological tools that are appropriate for a particular course or lesson and that add to the learning process can be a challenge. This workshop series will introduce you to a variety of technology resources and explore ways to use them most effectively in teaching.

As a result of participating in a minimum of three workshops in the Certificate in Teaching With Technology, you will be able to:

  • Review how technology can be used to enhance learning.
  • Identify tools that can be used to address course needs.

Workshops for Certificate (any three):

  • Integrating Technology into Your Classes
  • Technology Tools for Teaching: Using the Google Suite
  • Creating Effective Questions for i-Clickers and Online Quizzes
  • Approaches to E-learning
  • Electronic Portfolios as a Tool to Enhance Learning and Assessment
  • Getting Started with Online and Blended Course Design (Formerly: Approaches to E-learning)
  • How to Use Portfolios to Assess Student Work
  • Leading a Discussion in an Online Classroom
  • Course Management Systems: Preparing Students for Active Class Engagement (formerly: Save Time with Blackboard; Using Course Management Systems: Preparing Students for Active Class Engagement)
  • Effective Use of Technology in Teaching


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Innovative Approaches in Pedagogy

Utilizing innovative pedagogy is a central aspect of successful instruction. This workshop series will introduce you to a variety of approaches to learning, pedagogical philosophies and methodologies, and ways of selecting and employing teaching strategies in diverse contexts. In addition, the workshop series will provide a range of learning-centered activities that can be incorporated into the classroom.

As a result of participating in a minimum of three workshops in the Certificate in Innovative Approaches to Pedagogy you will be able to:

  • Discuss teaching approaches.
  • Select teaching approaches to apply to your own teaching.

Workshops for Certificate (any three):

  • Effective Concept, Inquiry, and Problem-based Learning Approaches
  • Developing Service-Learning in the Disciplines
  • Introduction to Experiential Learning: Concepts, Models, Approaches and Practices
  • Foundations for Innovation: Classical Teaching Models and the Psychology of Learning
  • How to Get Started: Teaching Models and Approaches
  • Strategies to Incorporate High-Impact Teaching Practices in Your Class
  • Effectively Using “Just-in-Time Teaching”
  • “Flipping the Classroom” as a TA
  • Using a Case-Study Approach to Teaching


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Teaching Research Skills

In order for undergraduate students to make the most of research projects, they must be adequately introduced to the research process and acquire the strategies and skills necessary to successfully engage in undergraduate-level research. Focusing on pedagogical practices and course design, this workshop series examines various ways to help students develop research skills and take full advantage of the vast array of resources here at Cornell. It also addresses ways in which you can use your research experience to enhance your teaching.

As a result of participating in a minimum of three workshops in the Certificate in Teaching Research Skills in Teaching you will be able to:

  • Explore strategies to teach research skills.
  • Describe techniques to evaluate student research skills.

Workshops for Certificate (any three):

  • Designing Research Assignments to Use Primary Literature
  • Deepening Student Learning through Research Assignments
  • Using Your Research Experience to Improve Your Teaching
  • Using Library Resources to Enhance Students' Research Skills
  • Teaching Scholarly Research Skills to Undergraduates via CUL Tools and Bibliobouts


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Understanding Undergraduate Learners

Undergraduate learners have unique needs and abilities. This workshop series will help you better understand your students and develop pedagogical strategies for cultivating a challenging yet supportive learning environment through an exploration of students' learning styles, strategies for effective communication, pedagogical approaches to transformational learning, and ways to cultivate an environment of inclusivity and support.

As a result of participating in a minimum of three workshops in the Certificate in Understanding Undergraduate Learners you will be able to:

  • Describe characteristics of undergraduate learners.
  • Identity classroom strategies that accomodate a diversity of students in your classes.

Workshops for Certificate:
Required:

  • Enhance your Teaching by Understanding Students' Learning Styles

Plus any two from the following:

        • Listening and Communication Skills for Teaching and Advising
        • Developing Effective Learners, Critical Thinkers, and Problem Solvers in your Classroom
        • Reaching Out to All Your Students: Integrating Culture and Diversity into the Classroom
        • Effectively Dealing with Challenging Classroom Situations
        • What Can You do if Your Students are Struggling?
        • Role of TAs in Cultivating an Inclusive Classroom

 

 


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GET SET Workshop Descriptions

*Please note that some of our workshop titles have evolved. If you have participated in a workshop under a previous name, it still counts toward a certificate of participation. Refer to workshop current and former titles while working toward completing certificates.

Active Learning Strategies for Engaging Students in the Classroom
Certificate: Creating an Engaging Classroom
How can you involve students more fully in classroom activities? This workshop addresses ways in which instructors can construct classroom activities that encourage active engagement with course content and promote in-class participation among students.


Building a Collaborative Learning Environment
Certificate: Creating an Engaging Classroom
Looking for ways to integrate group work into your classes? This workshop explores collaborative learning strategies for a variety of disciplines.


Building Classroom Communication Skills
Certificate: Developing a Professional Identity in Teaching
Curious about how to best communicate with your students? Interested in building your confidence as a communicator? This workshop shares effective communication strategies, ways to evaluate classroom communication and a five-point plan you can incorporate tomorrow.


Concept, Inquiry, and Problem-Based Learning Approaches
Certificate: Innovative Approaches in Pedagogy
Interested in exploring alternatives to rote memorization assignments? This workshop investigates and demonstrates concept, inquiry and problem-based learning approaches that are relevant to students’ lives.


Creating and Implementing Assessment Techniques to Evaluate Student Learning and Creating and Using Effective Assessment Instruments
Certificate: Assessing Learning and Teaching
How do we know how much and how well our students are learning? Developing tests, assignments, and projects can be challenging. This workshop guides participants through the process of developing tools that measure and assess student learning.


Creating Effective Questions for i>clickers and Online Quizzes
Certificate: Enhancing Teaching with Technology
What kinds of questions are appropriate for i>clickers and online quizzes? This workshop explores various categories of questions that assess different aspects of knowledge and learning and serve different purposes in the classroom.


Deepening Student Learning through Research Assignments
Certificate: Teaching Research Skills
How do you design research assignments? This workshop examines how to plan and evaluate research assignments that encourage students' acquisition of research skills, promote sustained engagement in the research process, and encourage well-developed research projects.


Designing Classroom Activities that Get Students Involved
Certificate: Creating an Engaging Classroom
How can you involve students more fully in classroom activities? This workshop addresses ways in which instructors can construct classroom activities that encourage active engagement with course content and promote in-class participation among students.


Designing an Electronic Teaching Portfolio
Certificate: Developing a Professional Identity in Teaching
Want to learn the best ways to document your teaching for the job market? This workshop explores a variety of portfolio formats and online programs for creating portfolios, as well as guidelines for which materials to include.


Designing Learning Outcomes for Your Course
Certificate: Assessing Learning and Teaching
Interested in developing a course? Creating learning outcomes and aligning these with assignments and assessments is an effective place to start. This workshop introduces key steps for designing learning outcomes.


Designing Research Assignments to Use Primary Literature
Certificate: Teaching Research Skills
How do you design research assignments? This workshop examines how to plan and evaluate research assignments that encourage students' acquisition of research skills, promote sustained engagement in the research process, and encourage well-developed research projects.


Designing Student Assessments to Evaluate Yourself as a Teacher (formerly: Using Student Feedback to Assess and Improve your Teaching)
Certificate: Assessing Learning and Teaching
Interested in creating student evaluations that provide you with the information you need to improve your teaching? This workshop will discuss developing, interpreting, and responding to student assessments.


Designing a Teaching Portfolio for an Academic Job Search
Certificate: Developing a Professional Identity in Teaching
Interested in documenting your teaching for the job market? This workshop will address the fundamentals of creating a teaching portfolio and discuss various formats and online tools for creating a structured, representative, and selective one.


Developing Effective Learners, Critical Thinkers, and Problem Solvers in your Classroom
Certificate: Understanding Undergraduate Learners
How can you ensure that your students are organized and motivated learners who think critically about course material and used learned information to actively solve problems? This workshop discusses teaching strategies that promote effective learning and develop your students’ critical thinking skills.


Developing a Statement of Teaching Philosophy (formerly: Establishing Your Philosophy of Teaching and Learning)
Certificate: Developing a Professional Identity in Teaching
Want to establish a conceptual framework for your teaching? Interested in learning how to articulate your teaching goals and methodology? This workshop will focus on core components of a teaching philosophy statement and provide samples of teaching statements, similar to what you may be asked to produce when applying for faculty positions in higher education.


Developing Service-Learning in the Disciplines
Certificate: Innovative Approaches in Pedagogy
Would you like your students to engage with real issues or problems in the community? This workshop explores successful service-learning projects, their steps and components, and possibilities for adding service-learning approaches to courses within various disciplines.


Effective Problem-based Learning Approaches
Certificate: Innovative Approaches in Pedagogy
What alternatives can you provide to avoid rote memorization assignments? This workshop explores and demonstrates problem-based learning approaches that are relevant to studentsí lives.


Effectively Dealing with Challenging Classroom Situations
Certificate: Understanding Undergraduate Learners
Looking for tools to handle challenging classroom situations? This workshop will introduce participants to strategies for recognizing and dealing with a range of interpersonal challenges, including student learning difficulties, personality conflicts, classroom management, and emotional or psychological issues. The workshop will present information about resources at Cornell that exist to aid students in distress.


Electronic Portfolios as a Tool to Enhance Learning and Assessment
Certificate: Enhancing Teaching with Technology
Thinking of using portfolio-based assessment in your courses? This workshop introduces online tools for creating electronic portfolios and discusses tips for designing successful portfolio assignments.


Engaging Approaches to Quantitative Courses
Certificate: Creating an Engaging Classroom
This workshop will explore alternative, interactive approaches to teaching quantitative courses and the benefits and challenges that educators might face when implementing these new techniques.


Enhance Your Teaching by Understanding Students' Learning Styles
Certificate: Understanding Undergraduate Learners
Wondering how to effectively reach all of your learners? This workshop describes learning style models and explores how instructors can present course material in a variety of ways to engage diverse students.


Establishing Your Online Professional Identity (formerly: Establishing a Professional Electronic Identity)
Certificate: Developing a Professional Identity in Teaching
Interested in developing and launching an online professional identity? This workshop investigates different ways to organize and showcase your teaching and research accomplishments.


Facilitating Interactive Classroom Discussions
Certificate: Creating an Engaging Classroom
Interested in tools to help facilitate productive discussions in your course? This workshop addresses a variety of strategies used to encourage discussion and create and maintain an environment of inclusion, tolerance, and respect.


Foundations for Innovation: Classical Teaching Models and the Psychology of Learning
Certificate: Innovative Approaches in Pedagogy
Interested in trying out new teaching ideas? This workshop discusses new teaching approaches and practical teaching models in light of emerging research on how people learn.


Future Faculty Roles and Expectations
Certificate: Developing a Professional Identity in Teaching
Will you soon be on the job market as an aspiring faculty member? Wondering how you can negotiate your various faculty responsibilities? This workshop will provide practical guidance on how to effectively learn about and prepare to balance future faculty roles and expectations.


Getting Started with Online and Blended Course Design (Formerly: Approaches to E-learning)
Certificate: Enhancing Teaching with Technology
Curious about online or blended courses? This workshop introduces best practices for course design and teaching in these environments.


How to Get Started: Teaching Models and Approaches
Certificate: Innovative Approaches in Pedagogy
Interested in trying out new teaching ideas? This workshop discusses new teaching approaches and practical teaching models in light of emerging research on how people learn. 


How to Design Engaging Lectures and Effective Presentations
Certificate: Creating an Engaging Classroom
Interested in creating dynamic, innovative lectures? This workshop explores ways to prepare, organize and deliver engaging presentations, lectures, and seminars.


How to Use Portfolios to Assess Student Work
Certificate: Enhancing Teaching with Technology
Interested in using portfolios to assess student work? This workshop introduces portfolio assignments, outlines ways to effectively integrate electronic portfolios into your course and discusses online portfolio tools.


Integrated Course Design
Certificate: Course Design
Curious about integrated course design, an approach that includes articulating meaningful educational goals, applying active teaching strategies and developing quality assessments of learning? This workshop discusses the fundamentals of integrated course design and explores concrete activities for the classroom.


Integrating Technology into Your Classes
Certificate: Enhancing Teaching with Technology
Want to make the most of available technology? This workshop explores a variety of tools to enhance your teaching, including Google Docs, Blogger, Picasa, Piazza, etc.


Introduction to Experiential Learning: Concepts, Models, Approaches, and Practices
Certificate: Innovative Approaches in Pedagogy
How do you guide students to observe, reflect on and learn from their experiences? This session outlines experiential learning approaches for multiple disciplines.


Leading a Discussion in an Online Classroom
Certificate: Enhancing Teaching with Technology
What tools are available for online classrooms? How can you make the most of this technology? This workshop reviews different technological solutions available and supported at Cornell, and explores various strategies that use these tools to enhance the learning process for your students.


Listening and Communication Skills for Teaching and Advising
Certificate: Understanding Undergraduate Learners
Interested in becoming a better listener? Want to help students in distress? Come learn about a wide range of campus referral services and resources. Through hands-on exercises, this workshop will help you to expand your listening, problem-solving, and decision-making skills in order to improve the way you communicate with your students.


Overcoming Anxiety about Public Speaking
Certificate: Developing a Professional Identity in Teaching
Are you interested in building your confidence as a communicator? This workshop shares effective public speaking strategies, ways to evaluate classroom communication and strategies that you can incorporate tomorrow.


Reaching Out to All Your Students: Culture and Diversity in the Classroom
Certificate: Understanding Undergraduate Learners
How do you create a learning environment for all students? This workshop introduces ways to encourage open and active dialogue; address culturally and socially sensitive topics; encourage cross-cultural exchanges; and cultivate an appreciation for diversity and difference in the classroom.


Reflective Course Development: Choosing and Implementing Instructional Methods
Certificate: Course Design
Interested in choosing the best delivery method for your course content? Want to learn new teaching tools? This workshop will provide an overview of different types of pedagogical tools and instructional methods, and discuss their benefits and constraints.


Reflective Course Development: Creating a Learning-Centered Syllabus
Certificate: Course Design
Curious about how to design a syllabus focused on student learning? This workshop will provide a useful syllabus design template and explore resources for designing and aligning course goals, learning objectives, instructional activities and assessment strategies.


Role of TAs in Cultivating an Inclusive Classroom
Certificate: Understanding Undergraduate Learners
How do you create a learning environment for all students? This workshop introduces ways to encourage open and active dialogue; address culturally and socially sensitive topics; encourage cross-cultural exchanges; and cultivate an appreciation for diversity and difference in the classroom.


Save Time with Blackboard (formerly: Using Course Management Systems: Preparing Students for Active Class Engagement)
Certificate: Enhancing Teaching with Technology
Interested in saving time and promoting student learning? Templates and tools in Blackboard 9.1 make it easier to organize and grade content, foster student discussion, integrate web-based activities and prepare students for class. This workshop explores how Blackboard templates and tools can best meet your course needs.


Service-Learning in the Disciplines
Certificate: Innovative Approaches in Pedagogy
Would you like your students to engage with real issues or problems in the community? This workshop explores successful service-learning projects, their steps and components, and possibilities for adding service-learning approaches to courses within various disciplines.


Teaching and Leadership Development: Finding the Leader Within You
Certificate: Developing a Professional Identity in Teaching
What kind of leader are you? Want to build your leadership skills? This interactive, hands-on session discusses effective leadership principles and approaches and their application in diverse teaching contexts.


Teaching Scholarly Research Skills to Undergraduates via CUL Tools and Bibliobouts
Certificate: Teaching Research Skills
How do you move students beyond Google and Wikipedia? This workshop discusses traditional library research techniques and introduces participants to CUL Tools, Bibliobouts and Zotero (a free Web-based bibliographical reference tool).


Technology Tools for Teaching: Using the Google Suite
Certificate: Enhancing Teaching with Technology
Want to make the most of Google technology? This workshop explores Google tools, including Google Docs, Google Earth, Google, Blogger, Picasa, Sketch Up, Charting with Google Spreadsheets and scheduling with doodle from Google.


Tips on Writing a Strong Teaching Philosophy
Certificate: Developing a Professional Identity in Teaching
Want to establish a conceptual framework for your teaching? Interested in learning how to articulate your teaching goals and methodology? This workshop will focus on core components of a teaching philosophy statement and provide samples of teaching statements, similar to what you may be asked to produce when applying for faculty positions in higher education.


Universal Design for Learning
Certificate: Course Design
Curious about how you can develop equitable and flexible course plans and learning materials that appeal to all students? This workshop explores how to serve all members of a classroom, including students with disabilities, international students, and students with varied learning styles.


Using Library Resources to Enhance Students' Research Skills
Certificate: Teaching Research Skills
How do you move students beyond Google? This workshop provides an overview of library resources and discusses ways to build students' library research skills through course assignments.


Using Your Research Experience to Improve Your Teaching
Certificate: Teaching Research Skills
Interested in applying your research skills to your teaching methods? This hands-on workshop investigates the complex interplay between teaching and research and how to establish a complementary relationship between the two.


Utilizing Classroom Assessment Techniques to Evaluate Student Learning
Certificate: Assessing Learning and Teaching
Interested in using informal assessment to measure student learning? This session explores the informal side of assessment by discussing a variety of simple, effective, and low-stakes classroom techniques that can provide information about a student's knowledge and skills.


What Do I Want my Students to Learn? Identifying Learning Outcomes as the Basis for Instruction and Assessment
Certificates: Assessing Learning and Teaching and Course Design
Interested in developing a course? Creating learning outcomes and aligning these with assignments and assessments is an effective place to start. This workshop introduces key steps for designing learning outcomes.