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Fall 2016


CTE-led Seminar - Setting Clear Classroom Expectations
September 1, 2016
What do you do when students turn in late assignments, ask for extensions or don't show up for class? Consider ways to set clear expectations in your syllabus and strategies to reinforce those expectations throughout the semester.

 

Teaching with Technology CTE-led Seminar - Teaching Effectively with Blackboard
September 6, 2016
How can you use Blackboard more effectively? We will learn how to integrate videos, create quizzes and grade assignments with Blackboard. We invite you to bring your laptop or course materials to the session.

 

CTE-led Seminar - Asking Good In-Class Questions
September 15, 2016
Asking questions in-class can be an effective strategy to gauge understanding. Discuss strategies to develop good questions and come away with ideas for incorporating questions into your class.

 

Global Learning Institute - Develop Personally Meaningful Global Learning Outcomes
September 16, 2016
How can you authentically introduce a global focus into your courses? Develop global learning outcomes that engage your own experience and your disciplinary home. Get organized with a simple framework for intercultural learning. Practice active-learning strategies for critical reflection and creative thinking. Lunch provided. Facilitated by Melina Draper and Theresa Pettit.

 

Teaching with Technolgy CTE-led Seminar - Teaching with Technology in Large Classes
September 20, 2016
Large lecture classes present challenges such as building inclusive community, encouraging meaningful engagement and assessing learning. Discover ways technology may be used with student-centered activities to address these teaching challenges.

 

Junior Faculty Workshop - Session 1 (Kick-Off): Balancing Work and Life as a New Faculty Member with Guest Speaker Professor Jed Sparks
September 22, 2016
Join your colleagues and Professor Jed Sparks for a discussion on how to balance the many responsibilities of a new faculty member.

 

Teaching with Technology Outreach seminar - Using PowerPoint Effectively in Your Discipline
September 22, September 28, October 27, & November 18, 2016
What's the best way to foster engagement with PowerPoint in your discipline? Come learn some tricks of the trade to make your presentations more interactive. Bring a PowerPoint presentation you would like to improve.

 

Junior Faculty Workshop - Session 2: Benefitting from Student Feedback: When, Where and How?
September 29, 2016
This is a roundtable discussion on how to obtain useful feedback from your students, respond to their feedback, and incorporate feedback into an ongoing course.

 

Global Learning Institute - Planning Short-term Study Abroad Programs to Maximize Learning and Inclusion
September 30, 2016
Mix theory and practice to design an inclusive globally-focused course or program abroad. Explore a student-learning-centered strategy for planning and design, map goals to leverage content in context on site, and plan authentic assessments and methods for mentoring students towards intercultural competence. Co-presented with Cornell Abroad; Jane-Marie Law, Associate Professor, Japanese Religions and the H. Stanley Krusen Professor of World Religions; Jeanne Moseley, Lecturer & Associate Director, Global Health Program, Nutritional Sciences; and Janice Thies, Associate Professor of Soil Biology in Soil and Crop Sciences and International Professor of Soil Ecology.

 

David Rice Talk/Breakfast; Do Your Teaching Methods Favor Certain Students
September 30, 2016
This working session will allow for collaborative thought and talk in framing course engagement for students and faculty in ways that leverage identity. The aim is to look at those dynamic aspects of teaching and learning, and figure them to the dynamic nature of identity presentation and adaptation in service of the learner. This will be done by examining “typical” teaching and learning paradigms and turning them on their ear, ensuring that perspectives and assumptions privilege the student and not broader agendas that might be distracting from the education enterprise.

 

Teaching with Technology CTE-led Seminar - Using Technology to Improve Student Preparation for Class
October 4, 2016
How do you encourage your students to better prepare for class? We will discuss activities and tools such as online discussions or quizzes and create a plan to increase student preparation.

 

Faculty-Led Seminar Mike Giebelhausen - Capturing Student Learning with Electronic Portfolios
October 5, 2016
Are you looking for a new way to engage your students? Join Mike Giebelhausen, Assistant Professor of Marketing, to learn about the innovative online tool he has tailored to his students and how you can use it in your course.

 

CTE-led Seminar-Save Time Grading
October 7, 2016
How can you make your grading more efficient, effective and consistent? Develop a rubric to explicitly describe the learning you expect and break it down into measurable criteria that you and your students can use.

 

Junior Faculty Workshop - Session 3: Considering New Ways to Determine What Students are Learning
October 10, 2016
Are your students learning what you think they are? Join fellow junior faculty to discuss effective ways to gauge student learning and ways to improve assignments that are currently part of your course.

 

Global Learning Toolkit I: Developing Intercultural Competence workshop
October 14, 2016
Harness your own experience and explore models of intercultural competence to advance skills, knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors that promote understanding and effective and appropriate interactions across cultures. Practice activities you can use in your classroom to increase cultural self-awareness, communication, empathy, curiosity, and openness. Lunch provided.

 

Teaching with Technology CTE-led Seminar - Using Video to Actively Engage Students
October 18, 2016
Video can be a powerful tool for engaging students in the classroom. We will consider how to frame video assignments and activities, analyze examples and outline a strategy to integrate video into your course.

 

Cornell Teaching Partnership Program (CTPP) Info Session
October 21, 2016
Learn about the Cornell Teaching Partnership Program, which pairs junior faculty members with distinguished teaching mentors. Join this rewarding mentorship program today!

 

CTE-led Seminar - Designing Good Multiple Choice Questions
October 24, 2016
Writing multiple choice questions that meaningfully assess student learning is difficult. Discuss the principles of good question design and explore question types that measure different levels of knowledge.

 

CTE-Led Faculty Workshop - Theater Techniques to Enhance Your Teaching
October 25, 2016
Engage your students by using theater techniques to improve your confidence, presence, and connection. This hands-on workshop uses proven theatrical techniques from the works of Viola Spolin, Keith Johnstone, and more, and provides a foundation for excellent communication and connection within an academic framework. Your classroom’s your stage, be more than a mere player upon that stage.

 

Faculty-led session David Pelletier - Capturing Student Learning with Electronic Portfolios
November 9, 2016
Electronic portfolios can be a useful tool for students and faculty, for the purpose of documenting, reflecting upon, integrating and assessing learning. Join David Pelletier, Professor in Nutritional Sciences, to discuss strategies and challenges in implementing electronic portfolios within individual courses and an overall program of study.

 

Junior Faculty Workshop - Session 4: Creating a Strong Finish to Your Semester
November 10, 2016
This roundtable discussion will explore ways to prepare for the end of the semester. How do you manage student expectations and motivation to finish as strongly as you started?

 

Course Design Institute
November 11-12, 2016
The Course Design Institute brings faculty together for two (2) days to engage in discussions and working sessions related to course design, promoting student engagement and active learning, evaluating student learning, and syllabus design.

 

Global Learning Toolkit II: Assessing Intercultural Competence
November 14, 2016
You've committed to mentoring students to develop skills, knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors that promote understanding and effective and appropriate interactions across cultures. But, how do we assess this kind of learning? We'll look at methods that encourage active learning and critical reflection. Lunch provided.Facilitated by Melina Draper

CTE-Led Faculty Workshop - Improv Techniques to Enhance Your Teaching
November 16, 2016
This session is about using improv techniques to listen and respond creatively and with confidence “on your feet”. We will encourage everyone to step outside their comfort zones, taking part in lively activities in the interest of personal growth.

 

CTE Grant Session - Rick Evans - Creating Self-Efficacy Through Engineering Communication Instruction
November 18, 2016
Rick Evans, Director of the College of Engineering Communications Program, shares the results of a new program aimed at development of students' communicative self-efficacy in meeting the communicative demands in performing technical work in mechanical engineering.

 

Global Learning Institute - Let’s Get Real: Mistakes and Failure During Study Abroad as Learning Moments (with Cornell Abroad)
December 1, 2016
Mistakes and failures are a crucial part of the learning process, but how can we welcome "teachable moments" amid the challenge of navigating a different cultural context when the stakes are high? How can we foster an atmosphere of collegial trust in an effort to welcome the conversation? Come to this open dialogue and discussion focused on you and your students' learning facilitated by Melina Draper from CTE, Marcia Eames-Sheavly, and Cornell Abroad.

 

The Group Work Institute
December 5, 2016
The Group Work Institute is a one-day hands-on workshop focused on designing group assignments for your courses. Learn to create well-designed group assignments that help students achieve your learning outcomes. Be able to plan group assignments that you can rigorously, fairly, and efficiently evaluate group assignments.

 

Spring 2016


Teaching with Technology Seminar – Coffee with Colleagues
Finding Out What Students Already Know: Using Surveys to Understand Your Students
February 2, 2016
Students come in with varying levels of knowledge about course content. Survey tools (e.g. Qualtrics) are a valuable way to determine what they know. They can also be used to gauge student preparation, obtain feedback on what they are learning, and inform course revisions. Join us to determine how to use survey tools in your class.

 

CET-Led WebEx Session – Teaching Scholar Seminar
Quick and Easy Ways to Actively Engage Students in Your Classroom
February 3, 2016
Adding activities into your classroom doesn’t mean you have to change everything you do. There are a few quick and easy techniques that you can use to more actively engage students in your classroom, determine what their misconceptions are, and improve their learning. In this interactive presentation, we’ll discuss strategies and techniques to encourage more productive interaction in the classroom.

 

Faculty-Led WebEx Session – Teaching Scholar Seminar
Strategies to Flip Your Class
February 9, 2016
Are you considering flipping your class? Join Robert Hutchens, Professor in Labor Economics, for a discussion about classroom flipping and get first-hand insight into the process. This session will give you strategies to both engage students in class and to encourage their preparation outside of class.

 

CET-Led WebEx Session – Teaching Scholar Seminar
Student Participation: When and How to Evaluate it
February 17, 2016
Many courses have some portion of the final grade coming from participation, bringing up two questions: What does participation "look" like? and How do you evaluate it? Come to this interactive presentation to develop ideas for defining and evaluating student participation.

 

Global Learning Session – CTE-Led Teaching Scholar Webinar
Intercultural Learning Courses Before and After Study Abroad: Four Decades of Preparing Students for International Education Experiences
February 18, 2016
A webinar with Bruce La Brack, Ph.D., who played a key role in the creation of intercultural learning courses at the University of the Pacific, beginning in the 1970’s. These courses, which are required of all students in Pacific’s School of International Studies before and after studying abroad, frame the international experience with a focus on increasing students’ intercultural awareness and enhancing their skill to interact with people across cultural difference.

 

Teaching with Technology Spring 2016 Hot Topic:
Getting Started with Designing Online and Blended Learning Courses
February 21, 26, March 8, 24, April 11, and 27, 2016
How can you convert your existing class to an online or blended course? Learn about this approach, explore the relevant research, discuss methods for redesigning your class as a blended or online course, and determine if you would like to be part of the Center's Redesign for Online Program.
This is a highly requested topic, so we are brining it to a place near you. The same session will be held on six different dates at multiple locations across the campus.

 

Teaching with Technology Seminar – Coffee with Colleagues
Increasing Interaction and Engagement with Technology in Your Classroom
March 1, 2016
Student engagement can be one of the most important indicators for a successful class experience. Come explore theories and practices that foster student engagement, discuss barriers to engagement, examine the use of feedback, consider discussion techniques, and group involvement. You will learn about the best ways to address these challenges, and develop a plan to integrate teaching with technology into your course.

 

Faculty-Led WebEx Session – Teaching Scholar Seminar
Increase Your Success with Student Groups
March 2, 2016
Research generally shows that, with the appropriate support, working in groups increase students' ability to retain information, build knowledge, and understand diverse points of view. Join Poppy McLeod, Associate Professor in Communication, to discuss plans for forming and managing groups that will help students succeed in your class.

 

Teaching with Technology Seminar – Coffee with Colleagues
Promoting Digital Citizenship and Academic Integrity in Technology Classrooms
March 15, 2016
Technology adds new layers to academic integrity concerns. Participants explore course design strategies and technologies such as Turnitin that can promote a proactive approach to addressing academic integrity issues.

 

CET-Led WebEx Session – Teaching with Technology / Teaching Scholar Seminar
Supporting Increased Student Preparation for Class
March 16, 2016
This session will address ways faculty members can design out-of-class assignments and implement strategies that promote student preparation for class. In this interactive presentation, we'll share best practices and identify technologies that can be used to help prepare students for class.

 

CET-Led Webinar – Global Learning
Developmental Learning for Intercultural Competence
March 17, 2016
A webinar with R. Michael Paige, Ph.D., cofounder of the University of Minnesota’s Comparative and International Development Education program and the Ed.D. program for International Education.

 

CET-Led Workshop – Global Learning
Developing Intercultural Competence
March 18, 2016
A working session over lunch: Harness your own experience; explore models of intercultural competence and develop your own; and explore an activity you can use in your classroom to increase cultural self-awareness, communication, empathy, curiosity, and openness.

 

Teaching with Technology Seminar – Coffee with Colleagues
Alternative Social Media Tools for Teaching and Learning: Why There’s A Lot to Like
April 5, 2016
Social media is a quick and easy way to get students connected to their peers in their classes, you, and professionals in their chosen fields. Come explore ways to use these tools, both inside and outside of the classroom, to promote community building, discussions, meta-cognition and a variety of spontaneous learning activities.

 

Deans' Teaching and Learning Workshop
Practical Learning Analytics: A Guide to Examining Student Data and Learning
April 8, 2016
How can we use data analysis to assess our teaching and student learning? How might you use learning analytics in your courses to help your students succeed? How have others used these tools? In this session, Dr. Timothy McKay will define learning analytics, give examples of how other faculty have used it, and explain what learning data and analysis tools are available. In addition Dr. McKay will discuss the benefits and concerns of learning analytics for faculty and departments.

This event is co-sponsored by the Cornell Learning Analytics Group, Academic Technologies, the Center for Teaching Excellence, the College of Architecture, Arts, and Planning, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Engineering’s James McCormick Family Teaching Excellence Institute, the College of Human Ecology, the College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell Computing and Information Science, Office of Engagement Initiatives, the Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives, the Public Service Center, the School of Hotel Administration, and the School of Industrial and Labor Relations.


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CET-Led Workshop – Global Learning
Creating a Globally-minded Learning Community
April 15, 2016
A working session over lunch: Practice using storytelling and reflection to create an inclusive, globally-minded learning environment; and identify and draft global learning goals you care about.

 

Teaching with Technology Seminar – Coffee with Colleagues
Developing Student Technology Projects that Drive Deeper Learning
April 19, 2016
Student technology projects, such as digital storytelling, can motivate students to become attentive to their own learning processes, develop awareness of the knowledge level of fellow students, and actively engage with the course material.  Come develop a student driven digital project for your course.

 

CTE-Led Faculty Workshop
Theater Techniques to Enhance Your Teaching
April 19, 2016
Engage your students by using theater techniques to improve your confidence, presence, and connection. This hands-on workshop uses proven theatrical techniques from the works of Viola Spolin, Keith Johnstone, and more, and provides a foundation for excellent communication and connection within an academic framework. Your classroom’s your stage, be more than a mere player upon that stage.

 

Faculty-Led WebEx Session – Teaching Scholar Seminar
Creating Effective Online Modules for a Course
April 21, 2016
Using online modules in your teaching can both meaningfully engage active learning as well as allow in-class time to be richer and more active. Join Pedro David Pérez, Senior Lecturer in the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, to discuss how he created his online module and how you can incorporate modules into your class.

 

CET-Led Webinar – Global Learning
Key Concepts for Overworked International Educators: Lessons Learned in Putting Theory Into Action
April 21, 2016
A webinar with Janet Bennett, Ph.D., who has researched, taught, and written about intercultural communication since the field developed.

 

CET-Led Workshop – Global Learning
Meaningful International Encounters: Speaking Their Language
April 22, 2016
A working session over lunch: Explore the place of foreign language study in preparing for international encounters, as well as ways students can become sympathetic interlocutors in English. Through seeing videos of students' language learning histories and exploring your own, develop an idea of the range of learner abilities and varied routes to success. Understand the resources for language learning at Cornell and their effectiveness, and find the best fit for your program.

 

CET-Led Workshop – Global Learning
The Devil is in the Details: Best Practices and Practical Tips for Creating Short-term Study Abroad Programs
April 27, 2016
A working session over lunch: Align the content with your course with the context of your destination, map out your program itinerary, start your budget projections, match your target audiences and recruitment strategies, think through timelines and student selection criteria; become aware of resources available to you.

 

Teaching with Technology Seminar – Coffee with Colleagues
Large Class Redesign: Moving Student Presentations Online
May 3, 2016
Moving presentations online in a large lecture class allows students to research course content, present their findings, and receive peer feedback, all outside of class time. Come discuss ways to move presentations online and develop a plan for your course.

 

CET-Led Workshop – Global Learning
Global Learning Toolkit: Making Sense of Cultural Encounters
May 12, 2016
Join us for a discussion and learning as we focus on making sense of what happens in "contact zones," places of encounter where our students may find cultural challenges in the context of globalization. No matter your discipline or your level of experience, this event is for those who are experts in something, not necessarily anthropology, who would like to dialogue about intercultural learning. If you are leading students abroad for study, service-learning or other work or research, this session is for you.

 

Third Internationalization Symposium 2016
The Globally-Engaged Campus: Defining and Redefining Where We Are
May 18, 2016
This internationalization symposium will engage with the successes and challenges of a globally-engaged campus, with reflections on the international presence on campus, innovations in language learning, intercultural competence, and more. Poster session, breakout sessions, guest speakers, student and faculty panels: join the conversation.

 

CET-Led Webinar – Global Learning
Making It Developmental: Building a Process for Student Development
May 19, 2016
A webinar with Tara Harvey, Ph.D., who will wrap up this webinar series by discussing the lessons learned through her own research and experience regarding the process of facilitating students’ intercultural learning abroad. 

 

Fall 2015


Teaching with Technology Seminar
How Blackboard Can Save You Time and Help Your Students Learn
September 1, 2015
You might know the basics of using Blackboard, but how can you maximize Blackboard to increase productivity and student learning? Come and learn new capabilities of Blackboard and leave with a plan to save you time and increase effectiveness.

 

Teaching with Technology Outreach Sessions
Powerpoint Design for Learning: It’s Not Just About How It Looks!
September 9, October 15 and 27, November 10 and 18, 2015
What's the best way to foster engagement with PowerPoint? Come learn some tricks of the trade to make your presentations more interactive and visually appealing. Bring a PowerPoint presentation you'd like to change to this hands on workshop.

 

Teaching with Technology Seminar
Strategies to Effectively Use iClickers in the Classroom
September 15, 2015
Technology doesn't automatically enhance learning, it must be thoughtfully integrated to achieve optimal results. Come to this conversation to discuss the pros and cons of clickers and develop a plan to effectively utilize them in your course.

 

High-Impact Practices (HIPs) Institute
September 25, 2015
Limited to 20 participants, this institute will provide opportunities to exchange ideas with colleagues from across campus for integrating High-Impact Practices (HIPs) into your courses. Cornell faculty from different disciplines will facilitate discussions on successful HIPs approaches currently being used, solicit recommendations for lessons and class activities and guide the development of individual plans for incorporating HIPs into a course. Co-Sponsored by Center for Teaching Excellence, Office of Engagement Initiatives, The Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives, Learning Where You Live, Undergraduate Research.

 

New Faculty Luncheon: Online Learning Discussion
September 29, 2015
This luncheon provides an opportunity for new faculty to discuss innovative, online pedagogy, including an interactive conversation about online teaching with Dr. Marianne Krasny, Professor of Natual Resources, and Dr.Paul Velleman, Associate Professor of Statistical Science. Dr. Krasny talked about the use and development of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) and Dr.Velleman talked about the online apps he had been developing for teaching Statistics.

 

Special Event: Dr. Terrell Strayhorn Lunch Talk & Discussion
There’s More to Classroom Success than Meets the Eye: Building a Sense of Belonging
October 2, 2015
A sense of belonging – with peers, in the classroom, or on campus – is a crucial part of the college experience. Dr. Terrell Strayhorn’s research examines the significant role of belonging and how it can affect a student’s degree of academic achievement. In this session, Dr. Strayhorn will share his recent research findings along with practical tips for helping students to belong and thrive in your classroom. Part of the CTE Teaching Talk Series.

 

Teaching with Technology Seminar
How Can I Get Useful Student Feedback? Survey Tools for Pre- and Mid- Semester Feedback
October 6, 2015
Want to know your students' opinions about your course and their learning? Come and discuss techniques to quickly gather feedback to revise course elements and improve students' learning and experiences.

 

Cornell Teaching Partnership Program Luncheon for Junior Faculty
October 8, 2015
Cornell Teaching Partnership Program pairs a junior faculty member with a tenured teaching mentor from a different department. Come to the luncheon to find out more about the program and to meet past and present mentors and mentees.

 

Teaching with Technology Seminar
Extending the Classroom: Designing Online Course Modules
October 20, 2015
There are so many options for online course modules, the possibilities seem almost endless! Come learn how to effectively utilize online strategies, and let us help guide you to some user-friendly tools and techniques.

 

Teaching Scholar Seminar – Faculty-Led WebEx Session
How Effectively Am I Evaluating My Students’ Learning? The Infamous Multiple Choice Exam!
October 20, 2015
How do we create evaluation tools that accurately reflect students’ learning? What’s the best way to design multiple choice questions? This session will address issues surrounding effective test creation, including using a test plan, how to write multiple choice questions, and applying item analysis to determine the validity of tests. Led by Patsy Brannon, Professor, College of Human Ecology, Division of Nutritional Sciences.

 

Teaching with Technology Seminar
Engaging Students with Video in and out of the Classroom
November 3, 2015
Video is often thought of as a passive class activity, but it can be a tool that offers a new way to present information and engage students. In this workshop you will discuss examples of video use and outline a strategy to integrate video into your course.

 

Faculty Course Design Institute
November 13 – 14, 2015
The Faculty Course Design Institute brings faculty together for two days to engage in discussions and workshops related to teaching excellence and focuses on course design, promoting student engagement and active learning, evaluating student learning, and syllabus design.

 

Teaching with Technology Seminar
Are They Paying Attention? Options to Address Students' Use of Technology
November 17, 2015
Today's undergraduates are immersed in technologies outside and inside the classroom. Design a course technology policy that aligns with your teaching goals. Discover strategies to use mobile phones and other technologies to address course goals, focus student learning, and engage students.

 

Teaching with Technology Seminar – Faculty-Led WebEx Session
Using online learning tools to enhance teaching
November 17, 2015
With the explosion of online tools available for teaching, how do you choose the most effective one? Join our conversation to discover how these tools have been integrated into Cornell classrooms to enhance teaching and the student learning experience. Led by Robert Bloomfield, Professor, Business School.

 

Teaching with Technology Seminar – Faculty-Led Grant Session
Using Online Modules to Facilitate Flipping Your Classroom
November 19, 2015
Using online modules in your teaching allows in-class time to be richer and more active. Come to this session led by EEB's Elizabeth Balko to find out about what online modules are and how to begin creating them to get started flipping your classroom.

 

Writing Your ICC Grant: From Idea to Plan to Proposal
December 2 and 10, 2015
This is a working session over lunch for faculty planning to apply for an Internationalizing the Cornell Curriculum grant.

 

Connect with the Language, Area Studies, and Study Abroad Programs at Cornell
December 8, 2015
If you are a faculty member looking for connections to and information about Cornell’s innovative language learning options and area studies programs, this session will provide an opportunity to meet faculty and staff from the Language Resource Center, Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, and Cornell Abroad.

 

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Spring 2015

Annual Celebration of Teaching Excellence: New Ideas for a New Semester
January 12-15, 2015
This January, the CTE is proud to present new seminars that focus on engaging your students through techniques that promote active learning, better student assessment, and the strategic use of technology in the classroom.

 

Flipping the Classroom: A Two-Day Faculty Workshop
January 15-16, 2015
In this workshop, you'll develop a plan to flip a class in one of your courses. You'll explore ways to make material available outside of class, brainstorm activities you can do during class time, and design processes to connect in- and out-of-class materials to ensure students are learning.

 

Mindsets That Promote Resilience During the Transition to College
February 2, 2015
In this public lunchtime talk geared towards faculty, David Yeager discusses the Walton/Yeager social belonging research study, a 4-year multi-institution study he is running with a national team of researchers examining the effectiveness of social psychological interventions intended to improve student academic achievement and graduation. 

The audio from the talk with David Yeager is available here.

Teaching with Technology Seminar
Technology Distractions in the Classroom: How to Address Students' Use of Technology
Febraury 5, 2015
Today's undergraduates are immersed in technologies outside and inside the classroom. Design a course technology policy that aligns with your teaching goals. Discover strategies to use mobile phones and other technologies to address course goals, focus student learning, and engage students.

 

Teaching Scholar Seminar
How Can Faculty Peer Review and Mentoring Support Teaching?
Febraury 9, 2015
Peer review of teaching is instrumental in maintaining the quality of teaching and learning in a university. It provides faculty members with an opportunity to receive and discuss feedback on their teaching. Peer mentoring, both formal and informal, can also be a vital component of faculty development. Come talk about how peer review and mentoring can work together to develop and support teaching.

 

Teaching with Technology Seminar
Using Tecnhology to Get Students Prepared for Class
Febraury 24, 2015
Class participation can be enhanced by effective out-of-class activities faciliated by learning technologies. This session will introduce various technological tools for preparing students to participate more actively in class.

 

Teaching Scholar Seminar
Unplugging the Classroom
Febraury 24, 2015
Electronic technologies play an ever-increasing role in society as well as in higher education. But one side effect is that students may disengage from the classroom, disconnect from their own internal resources and become less self-aware and resilient in the process. This experiential presentation will illustrate a variety of reflective strategies that can enhance instructor-student engagement and personalize the classroom experience.

 

Teaching Scholar Seminar
How Can Faculty Peer Review and Mentoring Support Teaching?
March 2, 2015
This session introduces rubrics as an important tool for communicating clear grading criteria to students. Rubrics outline clear guidelines for both instructors and students, thereby making grading fairer and more efficient.

 

Teaching with Technology Seminar
Does Mid-Semester Feedback from Students Make a Difference?
March 3, 2015
Providing students with an opportunity to give feedback during the semester allows you to make necessary adjustments and lets students know their feedback matters. Join us to discuss ways to design and use mid-semester surveys.

 

Teaching Scholar Seminar
Utilizing Undergrads in Teaching Intro Courses
March 12, 2015
This panel will highlight some methods currently in use for utilizing undergraduate students effectively in teaching introductory classes. Undergraduates are leading small study groups of their peers in problem-solving sessions and also working together with graduate student TAs to co-facilitate discussion sections or labs. These interactions are meaningful and beneficial to both students and instructors.

 

Teaching Scholar Seminar
Setting Expectations for Academic Integrity in Your Class
March 17, 2015
Come to discuss challenges related to academic integrity in the classroom. Share strategies for instilling the values of academic integrity and identifying and dealing with student violations.

 

Teaching Scholar Seminar
Managing Difficult Discussions in the Classroom: Mediation Techniques
March 19, 2015
There are fewer inherently more "difficult situations" facing the college instructor than teaching "History of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict." In this session Ross Brann will share the strategies he has learned for managing this course and the conflicting views students carry with them into the classroom.

 

Teaching with Technology Seminar
What are ePortfolios and How Can You Use Them in Your Class?
March 23, 2015
An ePortfolio is a collection of electronic materials that documents student accomplishments, and may include reflections on the learning process and its outcomes. Research on electronic portfolios shows positive effects on student reflection and professional identity, improved writing, and integrative learning. This seminar provides course models and discipline specific examples of electronic portfolios.

 

Faculty Institute of Diversity
April 5-7, 2015
The Faculty Institute for Diversity brings tenured and tenure-track faculty together to engage in complex discussions about aspects of diversity. It creates a network of teachers and scholars who can serve as a resource to one another on matters of diversity and education and supports faculty in incorporating diversity elements into new or revised courses.

 

Teaching with Technology Seminar
Breathing Life into Your PowerPoint
April 7, 2015
PowerPoint is a commonly used, and misused, tool. In this seminar, consider strategies to use PowerPoint more effectively to deepen student learning and engagement.

 

Teaching Scholar Seminar
Using Online Modules to Facilitate Flipping Your Classroom
April 8, 2015
Using online modules in your teaching allows in-class time to be richer and more active. Come to this session to find out about what online modules are and how to begin creating them to get started flipping your classroom.

 

150 Years of Outstanding Teaching at Cornell: A Tribute to Some of the Greats
April 15, 2015
Current faculty talk about past Cornell educators who have inspired them personally or through their legacies. Please join us as we celebrate Cornell's rich tradition of great teachers with stories and a reception.

 

Deans' Teaching and Learning Workshop
Getting Started with Active Learning: Ten Things to Try Tomorrow
April 17, 2015
In their work at Weill Cornell Medical College, Drs. Bostwick and DiPace have identified active learning teaching strategies that lead to increased student engagement, meaningful class discussions, and collaborative learning, resulting in better understanding and retaintion of course material. This interactive workshop will focus on practical applications of active learning in the classroom and provide participants with ten "ready-to-use" active learning strategies.

 

Teaching Scholar Seminar
Evaluating Service Learning
April 20, 2015
Come hear about the evaluation of a two-course service learning sequence in Equador.

 

Teaching with Technology Seminar
The Future of Learning: MOOCs and SPOCs
April 21, 2015
Come and discuss the benefits and challenges of MOOCs and SPOCs. Learn what the latest research concludes about designing content, engaging students, and increasing participation in online environments.

 

Classroom Research and Teaching: A Symposium for Current and Future Faculty
May 15, 2015
This annual one-day symposium highlights the research of graduate students who investigated questions about teaching in 2014-2015. Events include a poster presentation session and a workshop on how to use research skills to inform and improve teaching, as well as a keynote workshop on effectively implementing active learning. This year's symposium features Dr. Maryellen Weimer, Professor Emeritus of Teaching and Learning, Penn State University.

 

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Fall 2014

High Impact Practices
August 25, 2014
High impact pedagogical practices increase student engagement and deepen learning. In this session, George Kuh, Chancellor's Professor Emeritus and Director of the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment at Indiana University, will provide examples of some of the most successful evidence-based active learning techniques and discuss how and why they should be used in the classroom.

 

Teaching with Technology Seminar
Do I need Technology to Coonect with My Students?
September 9, 2014
As a culture surrounded by technology, there is a sense of familiarity with the various aspects for our students. When incorporated into a classroom, technology often engages and attracts them. Questions about how and when to use technology in the classroom need to be determined in order to efficiently organize classroom culture to meet learning goals while engaging students. Come discuss how to utilize new classroom trends that make technology a useful tool for student learning.

 

Teaching Scholar Seminar
How to Boost the Effectiveness of Your Lectures

September 10, 2014
A hands-on session addressing lecture style and mannerisms that will make content more interesting. Learn and then practice effective (and non-effective) voice projection and gesturing. This is a great session for new faculty designing courses or experienced faculty who are looking to liven up their lectures.

 

A Faculty Panel Discussion on Innovative Ways to Engage and Inspire Students
September 16, 2014
What attracts students to courses in the humanities today? How can faculty reach and engage today's students? Join a panel of outstanding Cornell faculty who will share their experiences and share thoughts to these important questions.

 

Teaching with Technology Seminar
Check Your Students' Progress with a Click of a Few Buttons
September 16, 2014
Technology is a great way to reach out to students to find out what they are learning. Come and discuss quick ways to use technology to obtain feedback throughout the semester. Ideas for how to use Qualtrics and i>Clickers will also be discussed.

 

Teaching Scholar Seminar
How to Create and Manage Student Groupwork

September 18, 2014
Come to this session to develop your plan for integrating groupwork into your courses. Consider different methods of assigning students to groups and identify approaches that promote positive group work experiences.

 

Teaching Scholar Seminar
Using Student Reading Groups in the Sciences
September 23, 2014
The ability to interpret scientific literature is critical for students engaged in science. This seminar addresses assignment design strategies and reading groups that promote critical thinking and support students as they practice and develop their reading skills.

 

Teaching with Technology Seminar
What Have We Learned from Developing MOOCs?

September 24, 2014
Hear from some of the participating faculty and learning professionals from Cornell’s pilot MOOCs. How can we leverage the lessons learned to improve teaching and learning at Cornell?

 

Teaching with Technology Seminar
I'm Curious, How Do I Make My Classes into MOOCs?
September 30, 2014
Are you interested in the idea of MOOCs (Massive, Open, Online,
Courses)? Come and discuss the benefits and challenges of converting your class or classes into MOOCs or MOOC sequences. Learn how to begin the process of making a class a MOOC.

 

Teaching Scholar Seminar
How Do I Deal with Plagiarism?

October 1, 2014
Discuss challenges related to academic integrity in the classroom. Share strategies for instilling the values of academic integrity and how to identify and deal with student violations.

 

Teaching Scholar Seminar
How to Make Grading More Consistent and Efficient

October 6, 2014
In this session participants will begin to draft a "rubric." Rubrics are tools that outline expectations of student performance and identify measurable criteria that are used to assess student work. They can save you time when grading and provide guidance to students as they complete assignments.

 

Teaching Scholar Seminar
Studio Instruction in the Sciences: Teaching the Art of Creativity in Science

October 8, 2014
Learn how studios can be used in the sciences to impact learning and increase student engagement.

 

Teaching with Technology Seminar
How to Get Started Flipping Your Class

October 20, 2014
Are you considering flipping a class? During this session, you will identify techniques and technologies to expose students to course content before they come to class, and explore individual and group activities to use inside your classroom. You will leave with a plan to flip your class.

 

Teaching with Technology Seminar
The Science and Research Behind MOOCs

October 21, 2014
While MOOCs remain a topic of conversation, they are also the subject of intense study. Learn what the latest research concludes about designing content, engaging students, and increasing participation in massive online environments. Consider how we can apply these findings to face- to-face teaching.

 

Teaching Scholar Seminar
Teaming up to Teach: Best Practices

October 22, 2014
Team taught courses offer opportunities to increase student engagement and interdisciplinary partnerships by creating more dynamic learning environments. Hear what makes a successful team-taught class from Cornell professors.

 

Teaching with Technology Seminar
How Blackboard Can Save You Time and Help Your Students Learn
October 28, 2014
Blackboard can be used to plan activities and grade student work. Come and learn about ways to use Blackboard for your class and leave the session with a plan of action for how to update your current class, save time, and increase student learning.

 

Teaching with Technology Seminar
Creative Uses of Technology in the Humanities Classroom

October 29, 2014
Technology has radically changed the ways in which we interact with students. Come and consider a variety of ideas for technology in the humanities classroom to engage students.

 

Teaching Scholar Seminar
Teaching Research Ethics - a Discussion on When, Why, and How

November 4, 2014
Academic integrity impacts all faculty and students. This session presents practical course design strategies to deter violations and outlines the steps for handling academic integrity cases for research.

 

Teaching with Technology Seminar
Innovation in Designing Online Course Modules

November 7, 2014
Cornell faculty are developing online learning experiences that can be integrated into a variety of courses. Learn about what they have accomplished and consider how these modules might be shared with faculty throughout the university.

 

Teaching Scholar Seminar
How to Assess Your Flipped Class

November 12, 2014
You have decided to flip your class and now want to find out what is working well, what could be improved and whether students are learning. This session will help you select and develop tools and strategies to assess your flipped class, including gathering information on student learning and their perceptions on learning.

 

Teaching Scholar Seminar
How to Assess Group Work

November 13, 2014
This session addresses the challenge of grading group projects. You will develop stategies to evaluate the overall work produced and students' individual contributions to it.

 

Teaching Scholar Seminar
Why Students Love Case Studies

November 19, 2014
Case studies are an effective means for having students discuss complex subjects. Students learn critical thinking skills while being active participants in their learning. Come and consider ways to incorporate case studies into your course.

 

Teaching with Technology Seminar
New Semester, New Powerpoint Ideas
December 2, 2014
This session introduces participants to strategies to create and evaluate materials for teaching and learning using PowerPoint. Bring a copy of a current Powerpoint you use to discuss specific ways to evaluate and improve your approach. Take away new ideas to begin using Powerpoint or how to utilize the program to improve your teaching and to foster better student learning outcomes.

 

Teaching Scholar Seminar
Concussons and Mono: Implications for Teaching

December 4, 2014
How does physical and mental health influence student learning? This faculty led seminar will cover the implications of concussion, depression and chronic illnessess on teaching and learning.

 

Faculty Institute for Diversity
December 8-10, 2014
The Faculty Institute for Diversity brings tenured and tenure-track faculty together to engage in complex discussions about aspects of diversity. It creates a network of teachers and scholars who can serve as a resource to one another on matters of diversity and education and supports faculty in incorporating diversity elements into new or revised courses.

 

Faculty Course Design Institute
December 11-12, 2014
Brings faculty together for two days to engage in discussions and workshops related to teaching excellence. 
Focus: course design, promoting student engagement and active learning, evaluating student learning, and syllabus design.

 

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Spring 2014

4th Annual Celebration of Teaching Excellence: Ideas Today That You Can Use Next Week
January 13-17, 2014
This year's conference features workshops, seminars, lunch discussions, special guest speakers and more! Learn about MOOCs, online modules, and flipping the classroom. Network with colleagues across colleges and fields of study. Our week-long celebration will cover the most urgent and relevant topics surrounding teaching and learning in higher education. 

 
New Faculty Institute
January 13-14, 2014
The New Faculty Institute welcomes faculty into a community of teacher-scholars and supports the success of new faculty by offering research-based and timesaving teaching strategies. Participants practice and build teaching skills, discuss ways to balance scholarship and teaching, and connect with a strong faculty network.
 

Faculty Institute for Diversity
January 15-17, 2014
The Faculty Institute for Diversity brings tenured and tenure-track faculty together to engage in complex discussions about aspects of diversity. It creates a network of teachers and scholars who can serve as a resource to one another on matters of diversity and education and supports faculty in incorporating diversity elements into new or revised courses.

 

Community Engaged Learning and Teaching (CELT) Seminar
Community Partnerships: Interrogating the Politics of Perspectives, Purposes, and Practices

Nadinne Cruz talks on the politics of community engagement and addresses the question, "Is it possible to navigate the political without being partisan?"

 

Internationalization Symposium: What Constitutes a Meaningful International Experience?
Co-sponsored with the Einauldi Center, Office of Engagement Initiatives, and the Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives

 

General Assessment Workshop
Participants can discuss any area of assessment at the course or program level, as well as at the undergraduate or graduate level. Topics will depend on participant interest, but can include developing student learning outcomes, selecting appropriate measures, creating an assessment plan, collecting and analyzing data on student learning, developing rubrics, and writing an assessment report.

 

Teaching Scholar Seminar
Strategies for Designing Effective Multiple Choice Questions
Despite what you may have heard, there is a place for multiple choice questions (MCQ) in the college classroom. These questions are notoriously difficult to write well, however, and can be aced by test-wise students who have not mastered the material. During this session, faculty will identify best practices in writing MCQ, practice writing psychometrically sound MCQ, consider how MCQ can assess both higher and lower level learning objectives, and discuss issues related to providing feedback, student accommodations, and test security when administering MCQ. Faculty are encouraged to bring a current syllabus and multiple choice exam to work with and share during this session.

 

Cornell Teaching Partnership Program
Luncheon and Information Session
Join us for lunch with current and past faculty mentors and mentees, who'll discuss their experiences with the program, which pairs a junior faculty member with a tenured faculty member who is widely respected for both teaching and scholarship. This lunch will also serve as an informational session to faculty members who may have interest in participating.

 

Teaching with Technology Seminar
Do You Want Your Students To Be More Prepared for Class? A "How To" Discussion Session
The best designed course in the world won’t work well if students arrive unprepared. What are the best strategies for getting students to come to class having done the assigned work? How can you better connect out-of-class preparation with in-class teaching and learning? In this session, you will identify different approaches to encouraging students to arrive better prepared and discuss how to implement them in your class.

 

Community Engaged Learning and Teaching (CELT) Seminar
Building Mutually Rewarding Partnerships for Global Engaged Learning
Speakers Becky Stoltzfus and Jeanne Mosele direct Cornell's university-wide Global Health minor, which requires at least eight weeks of field experience. The Global Health Program has cultivated partnerships with academic and NGO partners in Tanzania, Zambia, India, and the Dominican Republic based on principles of reciprocity, open communication, growth, and responsiveness to change. Becky and Jeanne will narrate the stories of two partnerships, highlighting both common principles and particularities in each story.

 

Teaching Scholar Seminar
Taking the Pulse of Your Students: What's Working?

How do you know that you’re reaching all of your students? Collecting mid-semester feedback is a chance to hear from students while simple adjustments to the course can still be made. Formal or informal questionnaires, group interviews, and one-minute papers are all effective ways to spark discussion with students about their learning experiences in your course. Showing you’re responsive to their needs increases students’ motivation to learn, and often results in higher course evaluations. 

 

Our Assessment Plan is Done. Now What? Implementing Program Assessment Plans
Even after an assessment plan has been developed and approved, evaluating student learning remains a challenge. Topics for this working session include strategies for gathering and interpreting data and reporting on student learning.

 

Teaching with Technology Seminar
Test Item Analysis: Putting Your Tests to the Test

Just because you have administered your multiple-choice exam does not mean that the test construction process is over! Using simple post-test item analysis, you can gauge how effective an individual exam question was at differentiating between high and low performing students and gain the tools to improve future exams and even your overall teaching effectiveness. Participants are encouraged to bring data from recently administered exams to share, analyze, and discuss with other faculty.

 

STEM Teaching Strategies Series
Constructing, Managing, and Evaluating Groupwork: A Working Session
Co-sponsored with the James McCormick Family Teaching Excellence Institute

 

Teaching with Technology Seminar
Answering Your Questions About Online Testing

Are you interested in exploring ways to save time grading? Online testing tools provide improved and accurate data collection, knowledge-adaptive testing, easy and immediate analysis, and secure test environments. This session will answer your questions, explain how to get started, and discuss potential challenges of online testing tools. Participants are encouraged to bring their exam questions to discuss.

 

What Do We Do with the Data? Analyzing, Utilizing and Sharing the Assessment Data
Assessment data is collected in order to make informed decisions about a program. This session addresses analyzing assessment data, utilizing the information gathered, and options for reporting progress.

 

Teaching with Technology Seminar
Faculty Teaching Grant Projects: How Can I Apply These Lessons to My Course?
Five Cornell faculty members will present the results of their grant-funded teaching projects in this interactive poster session. Participants will leave with ideas on how to apply these teaching innovations to their own classes.

Presenters: Arnab Basu, Professor, Applied Economics and Management: Tablet PC as a Teaching Tool: Evidence from a Large Introductory Class
Eric Nelson, Professor, Plant Pathology Biology of Infectious Disease: From Partly to Fully Flipped
So-Yeon Yoon, Design and Environmental Analysis: Rethinking Design Studio: Group Problem-Solving with Active Learning
Andy Ruina, Professor, Mechanical Engineering: Development of Short Videos of Dynamics Experiments
Rory Todhunter, Professor, Clinical Sciences: Small Animal Lameness Website

 

Reconsidering the Large Lecture Course: A Faculty Panel Discussion
This spring, the CTE brings together five stellar faculty panelists to lead a discussion that confronts the challenges and opportunities inherent in teaching large lecture courses.
Panelists: Rosemary Avery, Policy Analysis and Management; Jeff Hancock, Communication, Information Science; Ron Harris-Warrick, Neurobiology and Behavior; George Hudler, Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology; Chas Williamson, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

 

Teaching Scholar Seminar
Grading Papers Taking Too Much Time: Would Rubrics Help?

 

Reconsidering the Large Lecture Course: A Faculty Panel Discussion
Thursday, April 24
This spring, the CTE brings together five stellar faculty panelists – Rosemary Avery, Jeff Hancock, Ron Harris-Warrick, George Hudler, and Chas Williamson – to lead a discussion that confronts the challenges and opportunities inherent in teaching large lecture courses. Each panelist offers his or her unique perspective in addressing the following key issues:
• How to utilize and manage TAs
• Integrating social media and digital technology into lectures to enhance student engagement
• “Flipping” a large lecture class to improve learning outcomes
• Addressing student engagement in required vs. elective courses
• Igniting student curiosity via in-class demonstrations

 

Institute on Community Engaged Learning and Teaching
May 19-20, 2014
Did you know that almost 60% of freshman students are interested in participating in meaningful community activities but less than 20% get such opportunities?

If you are interested in incorporating service-learning components into your coursework, then we invite you to join special guest Dr. Jeffrey Howard, the founder/editor of the Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, at the 2-day Faculty Institute on Community Engaged Learning and Teaching (CELT). The CELT Institute supports faculty as they implement pedagogies that foster engaged learning, civic engagement, and student well-being, with the goal of designing or revising a course. Participants will leave the Institute with a draft of a syllabus and concrete ideas for course activities involving service learning.

 

Invited Speaker Series
Talk: Assessment in a Flipped Classroom
Workshop: Keeping Student Evaluation Simple
Speaker: Dr. Barbara Walvoord, Professor Emerita at Notre Dame University
Long before the "flipped classroom" became a buzzword, Barbara Walvoord pioneered best practices for humanities students' first exposure to course material. When students prepare for class through writing assignments or problems, the instructor can use class time productively for activities focused on synthesis, analysis, problem-solving and other higher-order thinking skills, thereby improving student feedback while reducing need for extensive written comments by the instructor. This approach is broadly relevant to all disciplines, from history and literature to physics and biology.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence and the Graduate School.

 

Teaching Scholar Seminar
Can Research on Your Teaching Be Part of Your Scholarship?

Examine how your classroom can provide data on student learning that can be shared with the broader academic community. Using an open discussion format, participants will engage in conversation about the place of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) at Cornell. Join other scholars on campus in carefully considering the ethical concerns, stakeholders and funding sources, collaboration and mentorship opportunities, quantitative and qualitative methods, and publication outlets related to this type of research. 

 

Flipping the Classroom: A 2-Day Faculty Workshop
June 18-19, 2014
In this workshop, you'll develop a plan to flip a class in one of your courses. You'll explore ways to make material available outside of class, brainstorm activities you can do during class time, and design processes to connect in- and out-of-class materials to ensure students are learning.

 

Invited Speaker Series
How I Flipped My Class... By Using Tools and Techniques that Transfer Across Disciplines and by Building a Strong Community of Practice
Speaker: Dr. Sandi Connelly, Asst. Professor, Rochester Institute of Technology
In this interactive presentation, Dr. Sandi Connelly, Assistant Professor of Biology at RIT's Gosnell School of Life Sciences, will discuss what techniques worked and what didn't work (and why) in her own flipped biology class, and how these techniques can be adapted across diverse fields of study. She will also offer a model for creating networks of like-minded faculty to grow practices of innovative teaching across the university.

 

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Fall 2013

Flipping the Classroom Workshop
August 15-16, 2013
join with faculty from across the university in an effort to reimagine your teaching. Learn techniques and technologies to expose students to course content before they come to class, and explore individual and group activities to use inside your classroom. By the end of the workshop, you will be able to adapt your syllabus, produce your own screencasts or video lectures, and engage students in new individual, peer, and group learning techniques.

 

Teaching with Technology Seminar
Breathing Life into Your PowerPoint

PowerPoint is a commonly used, and misused, tool. In this seminar, consider strategies to use PowerPoint more effectively to deepen student learning and engagement.

 

Teaching with Technology Seminar
Managing Student Technology in the Classroom

Today's undergraduates are immersed in technologies outside and inside the classroom. Design a course technology policy that aligns with your teaching goals. Discover strategies to use mobile phones and other technologies to address course goals, focus student learning, and engage students.

 

Teaching Scholar Seminar
Designing a Syllabus

This seminar presents strategies for designing a syllabus that effectively communicates content, course objectives and expectations. Facilitators will provide examples of learner-focused syllabi. *Please bring a syllabus to discuss.

 

Teaching Scholar Seminar
What to Do on the First Day of Class

The first class sets the tone for the rest of the semester. Participants discuss techniques to create a positive classroom learning environment, cultivate excitement to learn, and encourage students to participate fully in the class.

 

Teaching with Technology Seminar
Incorporating Video in the Classroom

Video can be a tool that helps engage students, encourage participation and develop critical thinking ability. This workshop provides examples and illustrates techniques for using video effectively.

 

Community Engaged Learning and Teaching Seminar
An Introduction to Community Engaged Learning: Creating Service-Centered Experiences

Introduction to the CELT faculty teaching certificate.

 

Teaching with Technology Seminar
Increasing Student Preparation for Class

This session will address ways faculty members can design out-of-class assignments that promote student preparation for class. Participants will share best practices for these assignments and will identify technologies that can be used to prepare students for class.

 

Teaching Scholar Seminar
Designing and Providing Feedback on Writing Assignments

The ability to synthesize ideas and communicate in writing is a common learning goal in many courses. This seminar addresses assignment design strategies that promote critical thinking and support students as they practice and develop their writing skills.

 

General Assessment Workshop
Participants may discuss any area of assessment. Topics addressed depend on interest, but can include: developing student learning outcomes, creating a course or program assessment plan, collecting and analyzing data on student learning, and developing rubrics.

 

Teaching Scholar Seminar
Leading Classroom Discussions

In-class discussion is an effective tool for engaging students and promoting learning. Facilitators will discuss strategies to generate fruitful and effective discussions.
Facilitator: Amy Villarejo (Professor, Performing and Media Arts)

 

Teaching with Technology Seminar
Incorporating Simulations and Game-Based Learning in Courses

Designing a simulation can be an excellent way to help students apply course concepts. This workshop introduces various simulation possibilities and considers ways to design simulations that reinforce learning.

 

Community Engaged Learning and Teaching Seminar
Toward More Robust Service-Learning: Creating Quality Course Design and Learning Outcomes

This interactive workshop introduces key concepts and principles of service-learning course design. Participants will learn how to construct learning outcomes and design instructional strategies based on a unique integrative course design framework. We will also discuss how to foster and evaluate students’ critical reflection before, during, and after participation in service-learning. Co-sponsored by Office of Engagement Initiatives.

 

Teaching Scholar Seminar
Creating Learning Experiences in Large and Small Classes

Different classroom contexts call for modified approaches to teaching and learning. Join faculty colleagues in a discussion of how to promote learning in large and small classes.
Facilitator: Karl Niklas (Professor, Plant Pathology; Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow)

 

Teaching Scholar Seminar
Group Work: How to Manage Formal Learning Groups

Effective group design promotes learning and active participation. This session considers different methods of assigning students to groups and identifies approaches that promote positive group work.

 

Teaching with Technology Seminar
Peer Review Using Online Tools

Student peer review provides an alternate way to assess and give feedback on student progress, and it can increase student learning. Join us and discuss ways to implement and manage student peer review grading in your courses.

 

Teaching Scholar Seminar
Evaluating Group Work

Group projects enhance student learning while developing leadership and collaboration skills. This session addresses the challenge of grading group projects, including how to evaluate the overall work produced and students' individual contributions to it.
Facilitator: Cathy Enz (Professor and Associate Dean, School of Hotel Administration)

 

Invited Speaker Series
The End of Wonder in the Age of Whatever

Is this an “Age of Whatever,” where anything is possible? Or an age of “whatever,” where we feel increasingly disconnected and disempowered? Join Dr. Wesch to experience the sense of wonder possible when we harness new tools to connect, collaborate, and create.
Speaker: Michael Wesch, Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology, Kansas State University

 

Community Engaged Learning and Teaching Seminar
ePortfolios: The Gold Standard for Reflection and Assessment in Service-Learning
Electronic portfolios are advanced tools for facilitating reflection and documenting learning in Community Engaged Learning and Teaching (CELT) courses and programs, and help kindle the learners' discovery of their tacit skills and knowledge, while providing evidence-based documentation of their growth.This workshop introduces different strategies for promoting student reflection and explores specific rubrics for providing feedback and assessment. We will also discuss case studies and current research on the impact of ePortfolios in learning and teaching. Co-sponsored by Office of Engagement Initiatives.

 

Teaching with Technology Seminar
Survey Tools: Mid-Semester Feedback

Providing students with an opportunity to give feedback during the semester allows you to make necessary adjustments and lets students know their feedback matters. Join us to discuss ways to design and use mid-semester surveys.

 

Teaching with Technology Seminar
Designing Online, Distance and Blended Learning Courses

Online and blended course design involves considering ways to engage and assess students outside of the traditional classroom. Participants discuss research around this approach and explore various levels of implementation including a step-by-step guide.

 

Teaching Scholar Seminar
Designing Rubrics

In this workshop, participants will discuss how to clarify expectations of student performance using a “rubric." This assessment tool explicitly states the learning you expect, breaking it down into measurable criteria.

 

Assessment Workshop
Our Assessment Plan is Done, Now What? Implementing Program Assessment Plans 

Even after an assessment plan has been developed and approved, evaluating student learning remains a challenge. Topics for this working session include strategies for gathering and interpreting data and reporting on student learning.

 

Cornell Teaching Partnership Program Information Session
The Partnership Program fosters conversations about teaching and learning by pairing a new faculty member with a tenured faculty member who is widely respected for both teaching and scholarship. Professor Ron Harris-Warrick will answer questions from junior faculty regarding this program. Coffee and danish pastries served.

 

Invited Speaker Series
Autism Spectrum Disorders: Strategies for Teaching and Learning

Ph.D., will give give an overview of autism spectrum disorders, suggesting specific strategies faculty can use to promote learning and support students. Light lunch provided.
Speaker: Marisela Huerta, Ph.D., Instructor, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York Presbyterian Hospital

Marisela Huerta presentation summary: Academic Support for Students with ASD pdf icon

Teaching Scholar Seminar
Promoting Academic Integrity in the Classroom

Academic integrity is a core Cornell value. This session presents practical course design strategies to communicate academic integrity expectations and deter violations.

 

Teaching with Technology Seminar
Flipping the Classroom I: Delivering Content

Incorporating activities during class time requires removing content. This workshop describes strategies and tools that allow instructors to provide content outside of class so that class time is refocused to guide students through articulating, practicing, applying and synthesizing new ideas.

 

Teaching Scholar Seminar
Creating an Inclusive Classroom: Practical Ideas for All Disciplines

Social identitites and stereotypes can influence classroom learning. Come and discuss strategies and approaches to address stereotypes in the university classroom, empower students, and promote an inclusive environment.
Facilitators: Ehsan Afshari (Assoc. Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering), Cindy Van Es (Sr. Lecturer, Applied Economics and Management)

 

Teaching Scholar Seminar
Strategies That Foster Student Engagement

Engaging students results in enhances student achievement. This seminar will present a variety of instructional strategies and techniques for engaging a diverse group of students in their learning process.
Facilitator: David Lipsky (Professor, School of Industrial and Labor Relations)

 

Teaching with Technology Seminar
Flipping the Classroom II: Active Learning in the Classroom

The flipped classroom provides students with opportunities to use course content in the classroom. This workshop considers various techniques for actively engaging students in their own learning.

 

Faculty Luncheon
The Peer Review of Teaching—What Works Best?

Come join in an informal discussion among faculty about the peer review of teaching. Bring your experiences, best practices, concerns and questions. Catered lunch provided.

 

Assessment Workshop
What Do We Do with the Data? Analyzing, Utilizing and Sharing the Assessment Data 

Assessment data is collected in order to make informed decisions about a program. This session addresses analyzing assessment data, utilizing the information gathered, and options for reporting progress.

 

Integrating Community Based Learning & Teaching into Coursework: Faculty Experiences
Learn how to incorporate service-learning into coursework from internationally prominent scholar Barbara Holland and hear from select faculty on their experiences with community-based learning. Co-sponsored by Office of Engagement Initiatives, the Public Service Center, and the Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives.

 

Junior Faculty Course Design Institute
December 9-10, 2013
Brings tenure-track assistant professors together for two days to engage in discussions and workshops related to teaching excellence. Focuses on course design, promoting student engagement and active learning, evaluating student learning, and syllabus design. With other faculty, participants explore effective strategies to integrate scholarship and teaching as well as balance the responsibilities of being a faculty member.

 

Teaching with Technology Seminar
MOOC Design: How, What, Why

Join us to discuss how MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) differ from face-to-face courses and to consider how to design a MOOC that delivers a worthwhile learning experience. Light lunch will be available.

 

Faculty Luncheon
Student Evaluations of Teaching—What Can We Get Out of Them?

Come join in an informal exchange among faculty about the use and value of student evaluations of teaching. We encourage you to arrive with your experiences, best practices, questions and concerns.

 

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Spring 2013

3rd Annual Celebration of Teaching Excellence: Ideas Today That You Can Use Next Week
January 14-18, 2013
Resources and more information on the 2013 sessions can be found on the CTE blog and poster.

 
New Faculty Institute
January 14-15, 2013
 
Cornell Faculty Institute for Diversity
January 16-18, 2013
 
Invited Speaker Series
The Tyranny of Content Delivery: Free Yourself from Traditional Paradigms
A forum for faculty engagement with Dr. Robert Beichner, Distinguished Professor of Physics, North Carolina State University.
 
Teaching Scholar Seminar
Managing Teaching Assistant Teams
Effectively managing teams of teaching assistants can save time and improve your course. Join us and explore ways to facilitate the management of TA teams, encourage efficient and effective communication, and foster TA independence. Light lunch provided.
Focus: Creating a Culture of Teaching Excellence
Facilitators: David Levitsky (Professor, Nutritional Sciences) & Mary Beth Tierney (course supervisor)
 
Teaching with Technology Seminar
Making the Most of Blackboard
Blackboard is widely used for class management, but it has more capabilities than most faculty use. Come and learn about ways to use Blackboard to provide students with content before class, and to extend learning beyond the classroom.
Focus: Course Management
 
Teaching with Technology Seminar
Creating a Virtual Learning Space: Tools for Fostering Online Discussions
Online discussions can extend classroom time and engage students who might be reluctant to speak in class. Come and discuss ways to create and manage productive discussions with Blackboard and Piazza.
Focus: Teaching Today's Students
Facilitator: Dexter Kozen (Professor, Computer Science)
 
Teaching Scholar Seminar
Strategies to Increase Student Motivation
What motivates different students to learn? Are they intrinsically motivated, or are they primarily interested in earning good grades? Come to this session and explore ways to increase the motivation for all types of learners.
Focus: Motivating Students in Your Classroom
 
General Assessment Workshop
Participants can discuss any area of assessment at the course or program level, as well as at the undergraduate or graduate level. Topics will depend on participant interest, but can include: developing student learning outcomes, selecting appropriate measures, creating an assessment plan, collecting and analyzing data on student learning, developing rubrics, and writing an assessment report.
 
Teaching with Technology Seminar
Peer Review: Teaching Students to Evaluate Each Other
Student peer review can both ease the grading burden and increase student learning. Join us and discuss ways to institute and manage student peer review grading in your courses.
Focus:
 
Teaching Scholar Seminar
Crafting a Great Large Lecture Class
Large classes require certain considerations and present unique teaching opportunities. In this session we will explore course design strategies and teaching tools to increase your efficiency and boost your students' engagement.
Focus:
Facilitator: Edward McLaughlin (Professor, Applied Economics & Management)
 
Teaching Scholar Seminar
Strategies that Foster Student Engagement in the Classroom
Research indicates students who are actively engaged with their peers and class materials are better able to understand and retain course material. Join us to discuss a variety of teaching techniques to foster student engagement.
Focus: Fostering Student Engagement
Facilitator: Facilitator: Valerie Hans (Professor, Law School)
Valerie Hans Course Material: Law 4122 Judging the Jury: Group Project on Jury Representativeness pdf icon
Faculty Teaching Certificate Info Session
The Faculty Teaching Certificate Program offers two certificates for faculty, one in Teaching Excellence and another in Teaching with Technology. The program is open to all Cornell faculty members and provides opportunities to interact with colleagues across campus and practice diverse, innovative, and time-saving teaching strategies. Faculty in the program discuss and share teaching strategies through attending seminars, participating in a classroom teaching observation, and completing a project that involves applying a new teaching approach in a course. 
 
Teaching Scholar Seminar
Student Feedback: How to Get It and What to Do With It
Want to know what your students are hearing and learning before they take an exam? Come and discuss techniques to gather feedback from your students quickly, gauge their learning, and revise course elements to get better results.
Focus: Assessment and Evaluation
 
Teaching Scholar Seminar
Students Learning from Students: Developing Study Groups
Study groups can help students in large classes learn more effectively. Cornell’s Learning Strategies Center is working with faculty to develop successful study groups and train effective group leaders. Come to this session and hear about some of the ways that study groups are currently being used and discuss how you might develop study groups for your class.
Focus: Teaching Today's Students
 
Junior Faculty Discussion (inSPIRE Program )
Creating Lectures in the Humanities and Related Social Sciences
Are you wondering what steps to take when creating a lecture? Are you curious about how to frame the lecture, what activities you can incorporate, and how to determine what students have learned? Attend this session and discuss how to:
· Plan and frame a lecture.
· Incorporate activities to engage students with material.
· Identify what students are learning in lectures.
Facilitator: Durba Ghosh (Associate Professor, History)
 
Pedagogy and Pedometer Campus Walks
Take a break from the office, reduce stress, and talk about teaching with colleagues, all in a half hour! Faculty members are invited to join the CTE on guided campus walks as we discuss teaching questions and ideas.
 
Teaching Scholar Seminar
Incorporating Service Learning: How to Get Started
Service, or engaged, learning integrates classroom instruction with community involvement, service and outreach. Come and explore service learning activities and models from various fields, and think about how to introduce a service learning project into your course.
Focus: Approaches to Pedagogy
Facilitator: Maria Christina Garcia (Professor, History)
 
Junior Faculty Discussion (inSPIRE Program )
Creating Lectures in STEM and Related Fields
Are you wondering what steps to take when creating a lecture? Are you curious about how to frame the lecture, what activities you can incorporate, and how to determine what students have learned? Attend this session and discuss how to:
· Plan and frame a lecture.
· Incorporate activities to engage students with material.
· Identify what students are learning in lectures.
Facilitator: Itai Cohen (Associate Professor, Physics)
 
Teaching with Technology Seminar
Students Teaching Students: Peer Instruction Using iClickers
Peer instruction involves students more directly in their own learning. Join us to discuss Eric Mazur's peer instruction model, consider useful student response systems such as i>Clickers, and discover ways to use real time feedback to facilitate learning in this session.
Focus: Fostering Student Engagement
 
Assessment Workhop
Implementing Program Assessment Plans
Even after an assessment plan has been developed and approved, evaluating student learning remains a challenge. Topics will depend on participant interest, but can include: gathering and interpreting data on student learning, strategies for collecting samples of student work, and practical advice for writing an assessment report.
 
Faculty Luncheon
Dealing with Student use of Technology in the Classroom

Come and join in an informal discussion with fellow faculty members in ways of approaching students' use of technology in the classroom.
 
Junior Faculty Discussion (inSPIRE Program )
Designing a Class in Studio Courses
Are you wondering what steps to take when creating a lecture? Are you curious about how to frame the lecture, what activities you can incorporate, and how to determine what students have learned? Attend this session and discuss how to:
· Plan and frame studio and performance classes.
· Provide feedback to students.
· Identify what students are learning in class.
Facilitator: Andrea Simitch (Professor, Architecture)
 
Teaching with Technology Seminar
Using Technology to Promote Academic Integrity
Technology tools such as Turnitin are designed to address academic integrity concerns, but they can also facilitate learning. Come and explore specific technologies and discuss course assignment examples that promote a more proactive, learning-centered approach to academic integrity.
Focus: Academic Integrity
Facilitator: Elaine Wethington (Professor, Human Development)
 
Invited Speaker Series
Rediscover Lasting Values: Western and East Asian Cultural Learning Models in the 21st Century
How well do you know your students? Different culturally-based beliefs shape the way students view and experience learning. Come and join a discussion on how cultural learning beliefs influence learners in your classroom, led by Dr. Jin Li of Brown University. Dr. Li has conducted decades of research on how East Asian and Western cultures affect learners. She the author of Cultural Foundations of Learning: East and West. See David Brook’s New York Times Op-Ed Piece on her work. This event is open to all members of the Cornell community. Sponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence and the East Asia Program.
Speaker:  Jin Li, Associate Professor of Education and Human Development at Brown University
Jin Li Presentation Summary: Rediscover Lasting Values: Western and East Asian Cultural Learning Models in the 21st Century pdf icon
Junior Faculty Discussion (inSPIRE Program )
Developing a Plan to Document Your Teaching
Are you interested in effective ways to document your teaching for tenure and promotion? Have you been thinking about what you want to include in your teaching statement? This session will address ways to:
· Gather data about your teaching.
· Present the information about your teaching effectively.
· Find a Teaching Portfolio model that works for YOU.
 
Teaching Scholar Seminar
Designing Co-taught Interdisciplinary Courses
Co-taught interdisciplinary courses offer opportunities for students to think within and across disciplinary boundaries. Consider what makes a successful interdisciplinary class with teachers from two highly successful university courses.
Focus: Course Design
Facilitator: Lyrae Van-Clief Stefanon (Associate Professor, English)
 
Teaching Scholar Seminar
Interpreting and Using Data From End-of-Semester Evaluations
Come and learn how to make the most of end-of-semester evaluations. Discuss how to tailor your evaluation form to maximize response rates, and explore ways to interpret and respond to student feedback.
Focus: Assessment and Evaluation
Facilitator: Donald Viands (Professor, Plant Breeding & Genetics)
 
Assessment Workshop
Analyzing, Utilizing, and Sharing Assessment Data
Assessment data is collected in order to make informed decisions about a program. This session addresses analyzing assessment data, implementing a process for utilizing the information gathered, and options for reporting on the data collected and the changes made.
 
Teaching Scholar Seminar
Creating an Inclusive Classroom: Stereotypes and How They Work
Studies show that students' social identitites, stereotypes, and performance are all linked. Come and discuss strategies and approaches to address stereotypes in the university classroom setting, empower students, and promote an inclusive environment.
Focus: Teaching Today's Students
Facilitator: N'Dri Assie-Lumumba (Professor, Africana Studies)
 
Invited Speaker Series
Faculty Discussion Forum

Are you aware of how stereotypes can influence students’ academic performance? Join Dr. Claude Steele, award-winning author of Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us And What We Can Do, to discuss his research on the effects of stereotypes. Bring questions and expect others to surface. Walk away from this session with strategies for your classroom. This event is open to all members of the Cornell community. Sponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence, the CU ADVANCE program, and the Office of Faculty Development and Diversity.
Speaker: Claude Steele, I. James Quillen Dean, Stanford University Graduate School of Education
Claude Steele delivers the Robert L. Harris, Jr. ADVANCEments in Science Lecture (video)
Invited Speaker and Faculty Luncheon Series
Religious Diversity in the Classroom: How to Create a Safe Place for Discussion
From international events to the college classroom, religious difference is a topic that is addressed and confronted every day in situations serious and commonplace. Issues of religious and secular identity affect the learning environment for students and faculty. This seminar, in coordination with staff from the Interfaith Youth Core, will address these issues of religious diversity and how to create a safe space for dealing with questions of religious and non-religious identity in a classroom setting. It will also discuss the pedagogical opportunities for interfaith literacy within subjects and across a range of disciplines.
Speakers: Laura Hollinger Antonelli and Carr Harkrader, Interfaith Youth Core
Presentation Summary: "Religious Diversity in the Classroom" pdf icon
Teaching with Technology Seminar
eBooks: Electronic Alternatives to Traditional Texts
Join us to talk about how to deepen student learning by using the features electronic books offer, which traditional textbooks lack.
Focus: Course Design
 
Faculty Grant Presentation
The Anthrax Diaries
Kathleen Vogel discusses how she developed and used a documentary film, "The Anthrax Diaries" and its associated film clips for her university course, Ethical Issues in Health and Medicine (STS/BSOC 2051). The film explores the social and ethical context of the research and development of biological weapons in the Soviet Union. It focuses in particular on some of the ways in which the lives of the scientists, who had been trained as doctors and therefore had taken the Hippocratic Oath, were affected by their deadly work.
Presenter: Kathleen M. Vogel, Associate Professor of Science and Technology Studies
 
Teaching with Technology Seminar
How to Use a Tablet to Teach
The introduction of tablets, such as iPads, has radically changed the ways in which we interact with technology. Come and consider a variety of ideas for using these tablets in the classroom to engage students.
Focus: Approaches to Pedagogy
 
Faculty Luncheon
Effective Ways of Using Student Evaluation of Teaching Data
Join in an informal discussion of effective ways of using student evaluations of teaching most productively.
 
Faculty Grant Presentation
Peer-to-Peer Active Learning Through Skype
Engaging Cornell students in collaborative learning with Italian students in Italy via Skype has proven to be the best way to realize out-of-class peer-to-peer activities whose results go beyond fostering language proficiency and cultural awareness.
Presenter: Michela Baraldi, Senior Lecturer, Romance Studies
 
Teaching Scholar Seminar
Creating Classroom Dynamics that Promote Learning
Every class is different, and every class presents challenges and opportunities. Come and explore how to efficiently and effectively create settings that promote learning.
Focus: Course Management
 
Classroom Research and Teaching: A Symposium for Current and Future Faculty
This year's symposium features guest speaker Fred Smyth, an associate of Project Implicit, an online program of education and research about how thoughts and feelings that exist outside of conscious awareness can influence our judgments and behavior. Dr. Smyth's workshop, "Mind Bugs: The Ordinary Origins of Bias," will explore the automatic, unconscious mental processes that lead to bias. This highly interactive session will acquaint you with scientific evidence of such “implicit” biases and provide evidence-based insights for corralling them in the short-term and changing them in the long-term.
Featured Speaker: Fred Smyth, University of Virginia Department of Psychology
Fred Smyth Presentation Summary: "Mind Bugs: The Ordinary Origins of Bias" pdf icon

Reference List: "Mind Bugs: The Ordinary Origins of Bias" pdf icon
Faculty Course Design Institute
May 22-23, 2013
Brings faculty together for two days to engage in discussions and workshops related to teaching excellence.
Focus: course design, promoting student engagement and active learning, evaluating student learning, and syllabus design.
 

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Fall 2012

Teaching with Technology Seminar
Learning How Your Students Use Technology: Implications for the Classroom

Today's undergraduates are immersed in technologies and have unique expectations for their educational experience. Facilitators discuss how they use mobile phones and other technologies to address course goals, focus student learning and engage their students.
Focus Area: Teaching Today's Students
Facilitators: Deborah Streeter, Professor, Applied Economics and Management; CTE staff
 
Teaching Scholar Seminar
Who Are My Students and How do I Best Help Them to Learn

Getting to know the students in your course and how they learn can help you tailor course components to their needs. This seminar provides participants with effective strategies to build community in the classroom and to connect with diverse learners.
Focus Area: Course Management
 
Teaching with Technology Seminar
Getting Started with Technology

Technology can be a helpful tool in teaching. This seminar presents campus technology resources and discusses considerations for technologies and teaching.
Focus Area: Creating a Culture of Teaching Excellence
 
Assessment Seminar
General Assessment Workshop

Participants discuss any area of assessment at the course or program level, as well as at the undergraduate or graduate level. Topics addressed depend on interest, but can include: developing student learning outcomes, selecting appropriate measures, creating an assessment plan, collecting and analyzing data on student learning, developing rubrics, and writing an assessment report.
 
Teaching Scholar Seminar
Academic Integrity: Practical Strategies for Handling Challenges

Academic Integrity impacts all faculty and students. This session presents practical course design strategies to deter violations and outlines the steps for handling academic integrity cases.
Focus Area: Academic Integrity
Facilitators: Jane Mt.Pleasant, Associate Professor, Horticulture; CTE staff
 
Teaching Scholar Seminar
First Impressions Make a Difference: Ideas for the First Day of Class

The first class sets the tone for the rest of the semester. Participants discuss techniques to create a positive classroom learning environment, cultivate excitement to learn, and encourage students to participate fully in the class.
Focus Area: Course Management
Facilitators: William Ghiorse, Professor, Microbiology; CTE staff
 
Teaching with Technology Seminar
Finding Out What Students Already Know

Students come in with varying levels of knowledge about course content. Survey tools are an indispensable tool for gauging students' preparation, for obtaining feedback on what they are learning and as a measure for revising course components.
Focus Area: Assessment and Evaluation
 
Teaching with Technology Seminar
Evaluating PowerPoint as a Teaching Tool

This seminar introduces participants to strategies to create and evaluate materials for teaching and learning using PowerPoint.
Focus Area: Approaches to Pedagogy
Facilitators: Gary Evans, Professor, Design and Environmental Analysis; CTE staff
 
Teaching Scholar Seminar
Discussion Leading: How to Start it and How to Keep it Going

In-class discussion is an effective tool for engaging students and promoting learning. Facilitators will discuss strategies to generate fruitful and effective discussions.
Focus Area: Approaches to Pedagogy
Facilitators: Trevor Pinch, Professor, Science and Technology Studies; CTE staff
 
Teaching with Technology Seminar
Practical Uses of Video in the Classroom

Video and visual learning engages students, encourages participation and develops critical thinking ability. This seminar provides examples and illustrates techniques for integrating video.
* Please bring your laptop.
Focus Area: Approaches to Pedagogy
 
Faculty Teaching Certificate Program
Information Session

 
Teaching with Technology Seminar
Capturing Learning with Electronic Portfolios

Research on electronic portfolios shows effects on student reflection and professional identity, improved writing, and integrative learning. This seminar provides course models and discipline specific examples of electronic portfolios.
Focus Area: Assessment and Evaluation
 
Teaching Scholar Seminar
Constructing a Syllabus: What to Include and Why to Include It

This seminar presents strategies for designing a syllabus that effectively communicates content, course objectives and expectations. Facilitators will provide examples of learner-focused syllabi. *Please bring a syllabus to discuss.
Focus Area: Course Design
 
Teaching Scholar Seminar
Teaching Strategies for Today's Students

This session presents institutional research data on the undergraduate students in your classroom (experiences, backgrounds, cultures, and learning styles) and addresses teaching strategies to engage today's learners.
Focus Area: Teaching Today's Students
 
Assessment Seminar
Our Assessment Plan is Done, Now What? Implementing Program Assessment Plans

Even after an assessment plan has been developed and approved, evaluating student learning remains a challenge. Topics for this working session depend on participant interest, but can include: gathering and interpreting data on student learning, strategies for collecting samples of student work, and practical advice for writing an assessment report.
 
Teaching with Technology Seminar
Moving the Lecture Outside of the Classroom

Incorporating activities during classtime requires removing content. This seminar describes strategies and tools that allow instructors to provide content outside of class so that class time is refocused to guide students through articulating, practicing, applying and synthesizing new ideas.
Focus Area: Course Design
 
Teaching Scholar Seminar
Designing Writing Assignments to Promote Critical Thinking

The ability to synthesize ideas and communicate in writing is a common learning goal in many courses. This seminar addresses assignment design strategies that promote critical thinking and support students as they practice and develop their writing skills.
Focus Area: Teaching Today's Students
Facilitators: Jonathan Monroe, Professor, Comparative Literature; CTE staff
 
Faculty Luncheon
Creating a Culture that Supports Teaching

Join in an informal discussion with faculty focusing on creating a culture that supports teaching in your department. Issues that may be addressed include supporting new faculty and the balance between teaching and research, mentoring programs, departmental standing committees on teaching and learning. Feel free to bring your own issues and concerns for an open conversation.
 
Teaching with Technology Seminar
Designing a Blended Learning Course

Blended learning course design is a deliberate combination of face-to-face and online learning. Participants discuss research around this approach and explore various levels of implementation including a step-by-step guide.
Focus Area: Approaches to Pedagogy
 
Teaching Scholar Seminar
Group Work: How to Create and Manage Groups

Effective group design promotes learning and active participation. This session discusses how to assign students to groups and identifies approaches that promote positive group work.
Focus Area: Fostering Student Engagement
Facilitators: Charles Aquadro, Professor, Molecular Biology and Genetics; CTE staff
 
Teaching Scholar Seminar
Determining What Students Know: Question Design and Testing

A well designed test can provide insight into what students have (or have not) learned. This session explores types of questions that ascertain different levels of knowledge and learning and outlines considerations when crafting questions for tests, quizzes, and i-Clickers.
Focus Area: Assessment and Evaluation
 
Teaching Scholar Seminar
Group Work: How to Evaluate It

Group projects enhance student learning while teaching leadership and collaboration skills. This session addresses the challenge of grading group projects, including how to evaluate the overall work produced and students' individual contributions to it.
Focus Area: Assessment and Evaluation
Facilitator: Sheryl Kimes, Professor, School of Hotel Administration; CTE staff
 
Junior Faculty Seminar
Working with TAs in STEM and Related Fields

Have you thought about how to organize and lead effective teams of TAs? Interested in strategies for managing TAs in a lab or field research setting? Curious about how to achieve consistent grading among TAs? Come to this session and discuss how to:
· Organize and lead effective teaching teams
· Prepare TAs for lab and field work
· Work with TAs to develop effective teaching and grading strategies
· Protect valuable time: yours and theirs
 
Assessment Seminar
What Do We Do With the Data? Analyzing, Utilizing and Sharing the Assessment Data

Assessment data is collected in order to make informed decisions about a program. This session addresses analyzing assessment data, implementing a process for utilizing the information gathered, and options for reporting on the data collected and the changes made.
 
Teaching with Technology Seminar
Capitalizing on Social Media for Learning

Most students connect daily to each other via social media tools. This session introduces participants to novel ways specific tools can be incorporated to teach complex material, facilitate class discussion, build collaboration and encourage students to examine their learning.
Focus Area: Fostering Student Engagement
 
Invited Speaker Series
Taking a Scientific Approach to the Teaching and Learning of Science

Nobel Prize Winnr in Physics, Dr. Carl Wieman offers new perspectives that challenge educators to improve science education. He combines the results of scientific theory with modern information technology to set the stage for a new approach to science education in the 21st century. Dr. Wieman will discuss new practices and technologies that characterize a more effective approach to science education. He will show how his results are consistent with findings from cognitive science.
Speaker: Carl Wieman, Director, The Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative, The University of British Columbia
 
Faculty Luncheon
Saving Time in Teaching

Join in an informal discussion with faculty members from throughout the university to explore and share ideas of how to save time and be efficient in teaching. Possible topics might include efficient class prep, good course design principles, employment of self and peer student assessment. Bring your questions and concerns for an open conversation.
 
Junior Faculty Seminar
Working with TAs in the Humanities and Related Social Sciences

Have you thought about how to organize and lead effective teams of TAs? Wondering how to manage TA-led discussion sessions? Curious about how to achieve consistent grading among TAs? Attend this session and discuss how to:
· Organize and lead effective teaching teams
· Coordinate discussion sections
· Work with TAs to develop effective teaching and grading strategies
· Protect valuable time: yours and theirs
 
Junior Faculty Seminar
Panel discussion: Balancing Research and Teaching Responsibilities for Career Success

Open discussion with several college administrators and senior faculty on the tenure and promotion process and achieving success in both research and teaching.
 

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Spring 2012

Annual Celebration of Teaching Excellence: Ideas Today That You Can Use Next Week
January 16-20, 2012
 
Faculty Course Design Institute
January 16-17, 2012
 
Cornell Faculty Institute for Diversity
January 18-20. 2012
 
Teaching with Technology Seminar
How to Manage and Organize Your Course Efficiently Using Blackboard 9.1

Blackboard 9.1 offers tools that can save you valuable time when organizing class content, planning activities, and grading student work. Participants explore how these tools can be used to facilitate class management, focusing on how they can benefit both students and instructors.
Focus Area: Course Management
CTE / Academic Technologies-Led
Facilitator: Jerrie Gavalchin, Associate Professor, Animal Science
 
Assessment Workshop
Are My Students Really Learning? Assessing Student Learning in Courses

This working session will focus on assessment of student learning in courses. Topics addressed in this session will depend on participant interest, but can include: articulating appropriate learning outcomes, linking outcomes with assignments in the course, and evaluating student work.
 
Teaching with Technology Seminar
Striking a Balance with Technology in the Classroom

There are a variety of ways to teach students and many ways to incorporate technologies that support learning. Instructors discuss balanced and practical ways that well-chosen technologies can be leveraged in course design to manage classes, save time and promote learning.
Focus Area: Creating a Culture of Teaching Excellence
Facilitator: Jeff Scott, Professor, Entomology
 
Teaching Scholar Seminar
Managing Classroom Conflict: Strategies for Dealing with Difficult Conversations in the Classroom

Emotionally-charged discussions around sensitive topics can arise in any classroom, often catching the instructor and students off-guard. Participants discuss methods for diffusing conflict in a respectful manner, with the goal of transforming the conflict into a meaningful learning experience.
Focus Area: Course Management
Facilitator: Shirley Samuels, Professor, English
 
Faculty Teaching Certificate Program: Information Session
The Faculty Teaching Certificate Program offers two certificates for faculty, one in Teaching Excellence and another in Teaching with Technology. The program is open to all Cornell faculty members and provides opportunities to interact with colleagues across campus and practice diverse, innovative, and time-saving teaching strategies. Faculty in the program discuss and share teaching strategies through attending seminars, participating in a classroom teaching observation, and completing a project that involves applying a new teaching approach in a course.
 
Teaching with Technology Seminar
How to Stimulate Engagement and Assess Classroom Learning: i>Clickers

Faculty members describe how they use i>Clickers in their courses, including how to design questions to obtain real-time feedback and stimulate student engagement.
Focus Area: Fostering Student Engagement CTE / Academic Technologies-Led
Facilitators: Robert Gravani, Professor, Food Science; Rob Thorne, Professor, Physics
 
Teaching with Technology Seminar
Making Meaning: Interpreting, Using and Reporting End-of-Semester Course Evaluations

All agree on the utility of end-of-semester teaching evaluations for feedback on course elements. Participants discuss how to best interpret student feedback for informing future teaching.
Focus Area: Assessment and Evaluation
Facilitators: Beta Mannix, Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Management; Faculty Director, Executive MBA Program
Cynthia Johnston Turner, Associate Professor, Music
 
General Assessment Workshop
Participants in this working session can discuss any area of assessment at the course or program level, as well as at the undergraduate or graduate level. Topics addressed will depend on participant interest, but can include: developing student learning outcomes, selecting appropriate measures, creating an assessment plan, collecting and analyzing data on student learning, developing rubrics, and writing an assessment report.
 
Teaching with Technology Seminar
Collaborative Learning: Techniques for Structuring Collaborative and Group Activities

Facilitators discuss best practices for enhancing collaborative learning experiences and share logistical considerations for implementing them, such as how to design, manage, and assess group assignments or activities.
Focus Area: Fostering Student Engagement
Facilitators: William Arms, Professor Emeritus, Computer Science; Poppy McLeod, Assoc Professor, Communication
 
Faculty Grant Presentation
Webinar Experience Lifts the Elevator Speech Assignment

Students craft a 30 second personal brand which results in a framework for verbal communication that they can use throughout their college years and beyond! The CTE grant provided funding to produce a webinar training with Lorraine Howell, author of Give Your Elevator Speech A Lift. We will explore how this instructional tool enhanced the student products.
Facilitator: Kathy Berggren
 
Teaching with Technology Seminar
Designing Effective Lectures Using PowerPoint

Faculty members demonstrate how they use PowerPoint to organize and deliver their lectures, including how they incorporate images, video, simulations and iClicker questions into presentations. Facilitators also discuss how to use presentation software to save time and engage learners.
Focus Area: Approaches to Pedagogy
CTE / Academic Technologies-Led
 
Teaching with Technology Seminar
Technology and Academic Integrity: Proactive Approaches to Decrease Violations of the Academic Integrity Code

Technology adds new layers to academic integrity concerns. Participants explore course design strategies and technologies such as Turnitin that can promote a proactive approach to addressing academic integrity issues.
Focus Area: Academic Integrity
CTE / Academic Technologies-Led
Facilitators: David Delchamps, Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering; Evan Cooch, Associate Professor, Natural Resources; Carol Grumbach, Associate Dean for New Student Programs; Jack and Rilla Neafsey, Director, Carol Tatkon Center
 
Assessment Seminar
General Assessment Workshop

Participants in this working session can discuss any area of assessment at the course or program level, as well as at the undergraduate or graduate level. Topics addressed will depend on participant interest, but can include: developing student learning outcomes, selecting appropriate measures, creating an assessment plan, collecting and analyzing data on student learning, developing rubrics, and writing an assessment report.
 
Teaching Scholar Seminar
Collaborative Learning: Techniques for Structuring Collaborative and Group Activities

Facilitators discuss best practices for enhancing collaborative learning experiences and share logistical considerations for implementing them, such as how to design, manage, and assess group assignments or activities.
Focus Area: Fostering Student Engagement
Facilitators: William Arms, Professor Emeritus, Computer Science; Poppy McLeod, Assoc Professor, Communication
 
Faculty Grant Presentation
Webinar Experience Lifts the Elevator Speech Assignment

Students craft a 30 second personal brand which results in a framework for verbal communication that they can use throughout their college years and beyond! The CTE grant provided funding to produce a webinar training with Lorraine Howell, author of Give Your Elevator Speech A Lift. We will explore how this instructional tool enhanced the student products.
Facilitator: Kathy Berggren
 
Teaching with Technology Seminar
Designing Effective Lectures Using PowerPoint

Faculty members demonstrate how they use PowerPoint to organize and deliver their lectures, including how they incorporate images, video, simulations and iClicker questions into presentations. Facilitators also discuss how to use presentation software to save time and engage learners.
Focus Area: Approaches to Pedagogy
CTE / Academic Technologies-Led
 
Teaching with Technology Seminar
Technology and Academic Integrity: Proactive Approaches to Decrease Violations of the Academic Integrity Code

Technology adds new layers to academic integrity concerns. Participants explore course design strategies and technologies such as Turnitin that can promote a proactive approach to addressing academic integrity issues.
Focus Area: Academic Integrity
CTE / Academic Technologies-Led
Facilitators: David Delchamps, Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering; Evan Cooch, Associate Professor, Natural Resources; Carol Grumbach, Associate Dean for New Student Programs; Jack and Rilla Neafsey Director, Carol Tatkon Center
 
Assessment Seminar
General Assessment Workshop

Participants in this working session can discuss any area of assessment at the course or program level, as well as at the undergraduate or graduate level. Topics addressed will depend on participant interest, but can include: developing student learning outcomes, selecting appropriate measures, creating an assessment plan, collecting and analyzing data on student learning, developing rubrics, and writing an assessment report.
 
Teaching Scholar Seminar
The Millennial Generation: Understanding and Engaging Today's Learners

Today's undergraduates, the millennial generation, have grown up in a vastly different world from previous students and thus have unique expectations for their educational experience in college. Facilitators discuss best practices for teaching millennials.
Focus Area: Teaching Today's Students
Facilitators: Barry Maxwell, Senior Lecturer, Comparative Literature & American Studies
Rebecca Stoltzfus, Professor, Nutritional Science; Provost's Fellow for Public Engagement; Director, Cornell's Global Health Program
 
Teaching Scholar Seminar
Approaches to Keeping Students Engaged When Class Sizes Increase (30 to 100)

A change in class size may require rethinking of teaching methods, in addition to logistical aspects. Best practices for teaching larger classes are explored.
Focus Area: Approaches to Pedagogy
Facilitator: Ian Merwin, Professor, Horticulture
 
Teaching with Technology Seminar
Techniques for Incorporating Peer Review in Courses

Peer review offers students the opportunity to engage more deeply in the learning process through review of their peers' work. Participants discuss best practices and technologies that can be utilized to incorporate peer review into classes.
Focus Area: Assessment and Evaluation
CTE / Academic Technologies-Led
Facilitators: Stephen Ceci, Helen L. Carr Professor of Developmental Psychology; Jeff Cowie, Associate Professor, Labor History
 
Teaching with Technology Seminar
Options for Managing Student Use of Technology in the Classroom

Student use of technology in the classroom is a new dynamic that all instructors must face. In this session, facilitators present research on how today's students interact with technology and explore options for managing technology use in the classroom.
Focus Area: Teaching Today's Students
Facilitator: Connie Yuan, Associate Professor, Communication
 
Teaching with Technology Seminar
Creating an Inclusive Learning Environment: Universal Design and Technology

Are you reaching as many learners as possible? Universal design is an approach that creates an inclusive learning environment that supports the learning styles of all learners.
Focus Area: Course Design
Facilitator: David Feathers, Assistant Professor, Ergonomics and Human-Centered Design
 
Assessment Seminar
General Assessment Workshop

Participants in this working session can discuss any area of assessment at the course or program level, as well as at the undergraduate or graduate level. Topics addressed will depend on participant interest, but can include: developing student learning outcomes, selecting appropriate measures, creating an assessment plan, collecting and analyzing data on student learning, developing rubrics, and writing an assessment report.
 
Teaching Scholar Seminar
Effectively Collaborating with Teaching Assistants to Enhance Your Students' Learning

Faculty members discuss strategies for working with course TAs to enhance student learning. Participants are asked to share successful experiences they have had in their courses.
Focus Area: Creating a Culture of Teaching Excellence
Facilitator: Jean Locey, Professor, Art
 
Faculty Grant Presentation
Preparing Teaching Materials in Ancient Languages

A discussion of the challenges involved in preparing materials for 'dead' languages, using the case study of a new Sanskrit textbook.
Facilitator: Antonia Ruppel
 
Teaching Scholar Seminar
Teaching All Students: Best Practices for Inclusive Teaching

Students are unique individuals with distinct learning styles, identities, resources and motivations. Faculty members share their teaching strategies to support the diverse learners in their classrooms.
Focus Area: Course Design
Facilitators: Michael Fontaine, Associate Professor, Classics
Rajit Manohar, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering; Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies
 
Teaching with Technology Seminar
Using Games and Simulations for Teaching

Interactive games and simulations can provide rich learning experiences for students. Participants explore the ways in which games and simulations can be utilized as teaching tools to enable students to solve real-world problems across a range of disciplines.
Focus Area: Approaches to Pedagogy
Facilitator: Rob Bloomfield, Nicholas H. Noyes Professor of Management
 
Junior Faculty Luncheon
Connecting with Your Students

How do you connect with the students in your class? Building rapport with your students is important for creating a positive classroom environment and encouraging participation. Come to this session to discuss a variety of strategies for building community and connecting with today's students.
 
Assessment Seminar
General Assessment Workshop

Participants in this working session can discuss any area of assessment at the course or program level, as well as at the undergraduate or graduate level. Topics addressed will depend on participant interest, but can include: developing student learning outcomes, selecting appropriate measures, creating an assessment plan, collecting and analyzing data on student learning, developing rubrics, and writing an assessment report.
 
Teaching Scholar Seminar
Fostering Student Engagement in Large Lecture Classes

Facilitators identify potential challenges with regard to student interaction in large lecture classes and discuss effective strategies for encouraging student engagement and participation.
Focus Area: Fostering Student Engagement
Facilitator: Frank DiSalvo, John A. Newman Professor of Physical Science
 
Teaching Scholar Seminar
Plagiarism and the Myth of Original Work: Academic Integrity Considerations in the Internet Age

Some students struggle with the concept of "original" work with incorporation of internet-based research into assignments. This uncertainty increases plagiarism risks. Approaches and resources for handling plagiarism risks in a constructive and educational manner are discussed.
Focus Area: Academic Integrity
Facilitator: Paul Sawyer, Professor, English
 
Teaching Scholar Seminar
Strategies for Designing and Evaluating Research Assignments

Faculty members and participants draw on their experiences with teaching students to conduct research and discuss best practices for planning and evaluating research assignments.
Focus Area: Course Design
Facilitators: Antje Baeumner, Professor, Biological and Environmental Engineering
Martha Haynes, Goldwin Smith Professor of Astronomy
 
Faculty Luncheon
The Peer Review of Teaching - What Works Best?

Come join in an informal discussion among faculty about the peer review of teaching. Bring your experiences, best practices, concerns and questions.
 
Assessment Seminar
Assessment Planning at the Graduate Level

This working session targets the assessment of student learning at the graduate level. Topics addressed in this session will depend on participant interest, but can include: establishing learning outcomes at the graduate level, selecting appropriate measures, and writing an assessment plan.
 
Junior Faculty Luncheon
How Do You Document Your Teaching?

Teaching is an important component of the work of a faculty member. How do you convey your teaching philosophy and how you teach to others? What information is helpful to share with the people who are reviewing your class? How do you describe your abilities, accomplishments, and goals as a teacher? This session will outline strategies to document your teaching.
 
Faculty Grant Presentation
Protoyping Topography: Desktop 3-D Printing as Teaching Tool

Complex surfaces such as topography can be difficult to understand by students when visualized two-dimensionally. In this session, the presenter describes how desktop 3-d printing is being used to enhance teaching technical content and design process.
Facilitator: Marc Miller
 
Faculty Grant Presentation
ˇA escribir! Writing as a Process: An Online Program for Spanish Students

Creation of an on-line program called ˇA escribir! (Let's write!) to teach students in SPAN 1120 (Spanish for high beginners) writing as a process.
Facilitator: Brisa Teutli
 
Teaching Scholar Seminar
Strategies for Helping Students Develop Critical Thinking Skills

Facilitators present a variety of teaching and assessment strategies that help students go beyond conceptual understanding of course content, leading to critical and creative processing of information.
Focus Area: Approaches to Pedagogy
Facilitator: Ron Harris-Warrick, Professor, Neurobiology & Behavior; Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow; Menschel Distinguished Teaching Fellow
 
Assessment Seminar
General Assessment Workshop

Participants in this working session can discuss any area of assessment at the course or program level, as well as at the undergraduate or graduate level. Topics addressed will depend on participant interest, but can include: developing student learning outcomes, selecting appropriate measures, creating an assessment plan, collecting and analyzing data on student learning, developing rubrics, and writing an assessment report.
 
Assessment Seminar
Our Assessment Plan is Done, Now What? Implementing Program Assessment Plans

Even after an assessment plan has been developed and approved, evaluating student learning remains a challenge. Topics for this working session will depend on participant interest, but can include: gathering and interpreting data on student learning, strategies for collecting samples of student work, and practical advice for writing an assessment report.
 
Faculty Teaching Certificate Program
Information Session

The Faculty Teaching Certificate Program offers two certificates for faculty, one in Teaching Excellence and another in Teaching with Technology. The program is open to all Cornell faculty members and provides opportunities to interact with colleagues across campus and practice diverse, innovative, and time-saving teaching strategies. Faculty in the program discuss and share teaching strategies through attending seminars, participating in a classroom teaching observation, and completing a project that involves applying a new teaching approach in a course.
 
Teaching Scholar Seminar
Student Evaluations of Teaching - What Can We Get Out of Them?

Come join in an informal exchange among faculty about the use and value of student evaluations of teaching. We encourage you to arrive with your experiences, best practices, questions and concerns.
 

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Fall 2011

Teaching Excellence Seminar
Connecting With Your Students: Building Rapport and Success

Building rapport with students is important for creating a positive classroom environment. This session will provide a variety of strategies for building community and connecting with today's students.
CTE-Led Seminar
Teaching with Technology Seminar
How to Make the Most of PowerPoint in Lectures

In this session faculty will demonstrate how they use presentation software to organize their lectures and incorporate visuals, video, simulations and iClicker questions. Participants will discuss how to use presentation software to save time, manage class content and provide students with a variety of examples.
Facilitators: Richard Allmendinger, Associate Dean for Diversity, Faculty Development, and Mentoring, College of Engineering and Professor, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Amy Newman, Senior Lecturer, Management Communication
 
Teaching with Technology Seminar
How to Get Started With Classroom Technology

Do you want to know more about how technology might help you with your teaching but don’t know where to start? In this session facilitators will explain practical ways that technological tools can be used in course design to manage classes, save time, promote student collaboration, and gather and respond to student feedback.
Facilitator: Samantha Brooks, Assistant Professor, Animal Science
 
Teaching Excellence Seminar
Classroom Assessment Techniques: Understanding and Responding to Student Feedback

This session will identify ways faculty can obtain quick, anonymous feedback on what students are learning in a class. Participants will discuss ways to interpret student feedback along with strategies for revising learning activities to better meet the needs of their students.
CTE-Led Seminar
 
Teaching Excellence Seminar
Effective Lecturing in Large Lecture Classes

In this seminar, panelists will explain the challenges they face in teaching large lecture classes and how they structure their lectures to tackle these challenges. Participants will discuss strategies and techniques for delivering effective lectures along with ways to better engage students in these large classes.
Facilitator: George Hudler, Professor, Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology; Judy Appleton, Alfred H. Caspary Professor of Immunology, Baker Institute for Animal Health; Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, College of Veterinary Medicine
 
Teaching with Technology Seminar
How To Use Video in Your Classroom

In this session faculty members will share how videos can be used to provide real world context to course content and to stimulate discussion. Facilitators will share best practices for video usage and will point to program services on campus that provide support for faculty wanting to incorporate video into their courses.
Facilitators: James Lloyd, Associate Professor, Astronomy
Tony Simons, Associate Professor, Management and Organizational Behavior
 
Teaching Excellence Seminar
Strategies for Encouraging Student Engagement

Research indicates that having students actively engage with their fellow students and class materials helps them to better understand and retain course content. The session will explore instructional strategies and techniques for promoting active learning for a variety of disciplines and course formats.
CTE-Led Seminar
 
Teaching Excellence Seminar
Developing Great Teachers: Best Practices in TA Training and Advising

Successful training and communication between TAs and faculty can enhance the quality of learning in the undergraduate classroom. This seminar will address the best practices, approaches and support systems for training and supporting TAs.
Facilitators: Lorraine Maxwell, Associate Professor, Design and Environmental Analysis
Richard Polenberg, Marie Underhill Noll Professor of History; Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow
 
Teaching with Technology Seminar
Technology Ideas for Large Lecture Classes
In this session facilitators will explain how they design and teach large lecture classes using technology. Participants will discuss best practices for teaching large lectures classes, and will identify activities and technologies that can be used to encourage student participation and gauge student understanding.
Facilitator: Bryan Danforth, Professor, Entomology
 
Teaching Excellence Seminar
Academic Integrity: Q & A Session

Academic integrity has been identified as "one of the most pressing issues facing faculty nationwide" by Dean of Faculty Bill Fry. In this seminar, faculty panelists will discuss frequently asked questions about academic integrity, and best practices for deterring and addressing academic integrity violations.
Facilitators: Andrew Galloway, Professor, English
Stuart Davis, Senior Lecturer, English
Elaine Wethington, Associate Professor, Human Development and Sociology
 
Teaching Excellence Seminar
How to Construct a Learning-Centered Syllabus
With use of a learning-centered syllabus, one focuses not just on communicating content but also on what students will “do” with the content. The syllabus outlines how you will teach the course (lessons and class activities) to ensure that students meet your learning goals. *Please bring a syllabus to discuss.
CTE-Led Seminar
 
Teaching with Technology Seminar
Strategies for Students' Use of Personal Technologies in the Classroom

In this session facilitators will share how students can use their personal technologies (i.e. laptops, iPads or cell phones) in the classroom to become more engaged in learning activities. Participants will share best practices for incorporation of student technology and will discuss the research behind its utilization.
Facilitator: Ehsan Afshari, Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
 
Teaching Excellence Seminar
Managing Classroom Dynamics: Techniques for Facilitating Discussion in the Classroom

Students and instructors bring unique perspectives to classroom discussion. This session will provide participants with strategies and resources for promoting great discussions. Participants will also explore ways to address challenges that arise.
CTE-Led Seminar
 
Teaching with Technology Seminar
How to Prepare Students for Class Participation

This session will address ways faculty members can design out-of-class assignments that promote student preparation for class. Participants will share best practices for these assignments and will identify technologies that can be used to prepare students for class discussion.
Facilitator: Durba Ghosh, Associate Professor, History
 
Teaching Excellence Seminar
Understanding Your Students' Cognitive Development: How They Learn Best

New research in the field of cognitive development has had a great impact on our understanding of how people learn. The panelists will introduce participants to recent discoveries and will discuss potential applications to teaching today's students.
Facilitators: Ronald R. Hoy, Merksamer Professor of Neurobiology and Behavior
Barbara Koslowski, Associate Professor, Human Ecology
 
Teaching with Technology Seminar
How to Use Technology for Collaborative Classroom Projects

This session will focus on how to design courses that incorporate small group, team, or class collaboration. Participants will share best practices for using technology to support learning, build collective knowledge, and share information for collaborative projects.
CTE / Academic Technologies-Led Seminar
 
Teaching Excellence Seminar
So Much to Teach, So Little Time: Juggling Course Design and Content Choices
Selecting course material can be difficult when everything needs to be “covered” but there is a shortage of time to do it in. Panelists will discuss strategies for making strategic decisions about content choices, class time and course activities that optimize student learning.
Facilitators: Ashim K. Datta, Professor, Biological and Environmental Engineering
Mariana Wolfner, Professor, Molecular Biology and Genetics; Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow
 
Teaching Excellence Seminar
Strategies for Creating a Climate of Teaching Excellence in a Department

In this session, faculty will share how their departments have created opportunities for their colleagues to discuss their curriculum, programs and teaching. Participants will explore approaches and practices that encourage a supportive teaching climate.
Facilitator: Ritchie Patterson, Professor, Physics & Barry Strauss, Professor, History and Classics
 
Teaching with Technology Seminar
How to Teach Students to "Self Assess" and Reflect on Their Learning

In this session faculty members will share how they have taught students to assess their own work while doing course assignments. Participants will discuss various techniques for designing and assessing assignments, along with how best to showcase students' work.
CTE / Academic Technologies-Led Seminar
 
Teaching Excellence Seminar
Do You Want Students to Write Better Reports for Your Course?: Strategies for Enhanced Analytic Writing

In this seminar, facilitators will discuss strategies for helping students to write more analytically in any discipline. This process encourages students to have an idea, ask questions about it, and create a fluid thesis that serves as a basis for critical analysis.
Facilitators: Darlene Evans, Senior Lecturer, John S. Knight Institute for Writing in the Disciplines
Tracy Hamler Carrick, Senior Lecturer, John S. Knight Institute for Writing in the Disciplines
 
Teaching with Technology Seminar
Academic Integrity: Setting Expectations for Students and Technology Use

In this session, facilitators will share how they set expectations and design assignments that encourage academic integrity in their courses. Participants will discuss technologies that help students to develop their research writing abilities while self-assessing the integrity of their work.
Facilitators: Karl Niklas, Liberty Hyde Bailey Professor of Plant Biology
Carol Grumbach, Associate Dean for New Student Programs; Jack and Rilla Neafsey Director, Carol Tatkon Center
 
Teaching with Technology Seminar
How to Use Smart Mobile Devices for Teaching

Thinking about using smart mobile devices for teaching but not sure where to start? In this session facilitators will explain specific ways faculty members can use smart mobile technology to save time and share practical classroom activities that promote student creativity, connectivity, and collaboration.
CTE / Academic Technologies-Led Seminar
 
Teaching Excellence Seminar
Faculty Teaching Certificate: Project Information Session

Faculty participating in the Faculty Teaching Certificate Program complete a project that involves applying a new teaching approach in a class and sharing a summary of their findings. This session will outline some considerations in the design, evaluation, and reporting of the project.
CTE-Led Seminar
 
Teaching Excellence Seminar
The "Rubric:" A Useful Tool for Providing Feedback and Assessing Student Learning

In this session panelists share how they clarify expectations of their students’ performance in the course using a “rubric”. This assessment tool explicitly states the learning you expect, along with the criteria used for assessing their work.
Facilitators: Rachel Weil, Associate Professor, History
David Wolfe, Professor, Horticulture
 
Teaching with Technology Seminar
November 16: Promoting Student Learning Using Mapping Technologies

Internet mapping tools and geographic information systems (GIS) are instruments that can be used to gather, organize, interpret, and visualize data. This seminar will explore ways to use these tools, both inside and outside of the classroom. Research has found that mapping tools often enhance students' ability to analyze data relationships.
CTE / Academic Technologies-Led Seminar
 

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Spring 2011

January 17 - 21, 2011: A Celebration of Teaching Excellence at Cornell
 
Teaching Excellence Seminar
Promoting Academic Integrity in the Classroom

Academic integrity is fundamental to learning. In this session, participants will explore the issues surrounding academic integrity at Cornell University, including various types of academic misconduct, as well as strategies and resources for handling and preventing them. The discussion will focus on approaches to promote academic integrity in the classroom.
CTE-Led Seminar
 
Teaching with Technology Seminar
Designing Effective Presentations Using Microsoft Powerpoint

When presentations are designed effectively, they can promote student engagement and stiumlate learning. This seminar will present a wide variety of MS Powerpoint skills that are applicable to a variety of disciplines. The session will provide examples of effective presentation design, incorporating research on how people learn.
Facilitators: Susan Merkel, Senior Lecturer, Microbiology
Michael Macy, Goldwin Smith Professor of Sociology; Faculty of Computing and Information Science; Director, Social Dynamics Laboratory
 
Teaching Excellence Seminar
Managing Classroom Dynamics

Managing a class of any size can have complexities. In this session, classtoom dynamics that promote a supportive learning environment and that create efficiency will be explored.
CTE-Led Seminar
 
Teaching with Technology Seminar
Utilizing Laptops in the Classroom

Laptops and other mobile computing devices are ubiquitous within the student population at Cornell. Although these devices can be distracting, they also have the potential to effectively promote individual and group learning. In this session, faculty communicate their experiences balancing laptop use in the classroom.
Facilitators: Donald Greenberg, Jacob Gould Schurman Professor of Computer Graphics; Professor, Architecture; Director, Program of Computer Graphics
Rachel Prentice, Associate Professor, Science and Technology Studies
 
Teaching Excellence Seminar
Creating a Classroom Atmosphere for Enhanced Student Learning

A classroom should foster learning, but sometimes the culture of the classroom can do the opposite. This session will address research and best practices for creating a classroom climate that encourages intellectual engagement and opportunities for growth.
Facilitators: Graeme Bailey, Professor, Computer Science; Director, Master of Engineering Program in Computer Science
Dawn Schrader, Associate Professor, Education
 
Teaching with Technology Seminar
Designing Effective Presentations Using Microsoft Powerpoint

When presentations are designed effectively, they can promote student engagement and stimulate learning. This seminar will present a wide variety of MS Powerpoint skills that are applicable to a variety of disciplines. The session will provide examples of effective presentation design, incorporating research on how people learn.
CTE / CIT-Led Seminar
 
Teaching with Technology Seminar
Utilizing Laptops in the Classroom

Laptops and other mobile computing devices are ubiquitous within the student population at Cornell. Although these devices can be distracting, they also have the potential to effectively promote individual and group learning. In this session, faculty communicate their experiences balancing laptop use in the classroom.
CTE / CIT-Led Seminar
 
Teaching with Technology Seminar
Documenting Student Learning with ePortfolios

Research has shown that ePortfolios are effective for facilitating and assessing learning in courses and across the curriculum. This seminar will provide examples of ePortfolio use in a wide range of disciplines, tying them to assessment initiatives and research on teaching and learning.
CTE / CIT-Led Seminar
 
Teaching Excellence Seminar
Teaching Today's Students: The Evolution of Course Design and Pedagogy

Twenty-first-century students present their teachers with new challenges. This session helps teachers understand and embrace changing student dynamics and presents different approaches to teaching today's students.
Facilitators: Bruce Ganem,Franz and Elisabeth Roessler Professor of Chemistry and J. Thomas Clark Professor of Entrepreneurship and Personal Enterprise; Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow
Andrea L. Simitch, Associate Professor of Architecture
 
Teaching with Technology Seminar
Increasing Student Engagement with i>Clickers

i>Clickers enable faculty to gather real time feedback in classes of varying size across a wide range of disciplines. Faculty can use i>Clickers to engage students, enhance discussion, poll opinions and guage comprehension. This session will introduce i>Clicker technology and examine a variety of ways to use them to enhance participation and learning. The session will provide a framework for question creation and examples of research on i>Clickers and learning.
CTE / CIT-Led Seminar
 
Teaching Excellence Seminar
Creating Effective Questions that Engage Learners

Questions can do more than measure what a student knows. This session will explore types of questions that can be used in the classroom that address different levels of knowledge and learning. It will offer suggestions for how to create appropriately challenging, engaging and effective questions that stimulate peer discussion and encourage students to explore and refine their understanding of key concepts.
Facilitators: Richard V. Burkhauser, Sarah Gibson Blanding Professor of Policy Analysis and Management
Maria S. Terrell, Director, Teaching Assistant Programs; Senior Lecturer, Mathematics
 
Teaching with Technology Seminar
Teaching and Learning with Multimedia

Incorporating multimedia into courses reflects shifts in both preferred pedagogical approaches and the technology available to faculty and students. In this workshop, learn strategies for effective integration of multimedia, teaching, and learning.
CTE / CIT-Led Seminar
 
Teaching Excellence Seminar
Strategies for Teaching Large Lecture Classes

Large lecture classes pose specific pedagogic challenges. With the right design and appropriate teaching tools, these classes can be engaging and effective learning environments. This seminar will present a variety of strategies and techniques for teaching large lecture classes. The session will also provide research on student engagement and learning in large lecture classes.
Facilitators: Peter J. Katzenstein, Walter S. Carpenter, Jr. Professor of International Studies; Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow
James B. Maas, Professor, Psychology; Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow
 
Teaching with Technology Seminar
Teaching with Online Course Management Systems

Course management systems, such as Blackboard, enhance organization, interaction and communication. This seminar will present example applications for a variety of tools, such as discussion boards, assignments and quizzes, focusing on how they can benefit both students and instructors.
CTE / CIT-Led Seminar
 
Teaching Excellence Seminar
Managing Classes and Connecting with Your Students

Fostering a structured and inclusive classroom environment with explicit course expectations provides your students with a clear path to their role in their learning. Getting to know the students in your course and focusing on how they learn can help you to tailor your teaching to their needs. This seminar will present a variety of strategies and techniques for managing classes and connecting with students. The session will also provide research on course management and student learning.
Facilitators: Marianella Casasola, Associate Professor, Human Development; Director, Human Development Undergraduate Honors Program
Derek Chang, Associate Professor, History; Director, Asian American Studies
 
Teaching Excellence Seminar
Identifying Student Learning Outcomes

By identifying learning outcomes, an instructor can more effectively plan what to teach, how to present information, and how to test students' knowledge. This session will focus on creating specific learning outcomes and using them to develop a plan for assessment and instruction.
Facilitator: Dorothy Debbie, Senior Lecturer, Microbiology and Immunology
 
Teaching Excellence Seminar
Engaging Today's Learner: Best Practices and Lessons Learned
Students today learn in new and innovative ways, which can make enticing them to participate in lessons a challenge. This highly interactive session will focus on effective principles for student engagement, where faculty will share best practices for involving today's students in active participation through different lecture and discussion formats.
Facilitators: Alexander L. Gaeta, Professor, Applied and Engineering Physics; Director, Center for Nanoscale Systems
Harry W. Greene, Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Faculty Curator, Herpetology and Mammology Collections, The Museum of Vertebrates
 
Teaching with Technology Seminar
Balancing Technology Use

What is the right balance between technology and face-to-face interaction? When should faculty opt for non-technology-based teaching approaches? How can technology be used to engage rather than alienate students? This seminar will explore ways to effectively use a variety of technology approaches. This session will also provide examples of research on technology use and learning.
CTE / CIT-Led Seminar
 
Teaching Excellence Seminar
Creating a Culture of Academic Integrity: Addressing Issues Surrounding Academic Integrity and Plagarism

Students today learn in new and innovative ways, which can make enticing them to participate in lessons a challenge. This highly interactive session will focus on effective principles for student engagement, where faculty will share best practices for involving today's students in active participation through different lecture and discussion formats.
Facilitators: Andrew Galloway, Professor, English
Shawkat M. Toorawa, Associate Professor, Near Eastern Studies
 
Teaching Excellence Seminar
Teaching Today: Who Are Our Students?

This session will present institutional research data on the social and cultural diversity of today's undergraduate learner at Cornell. We will discuss key teaching strategies that engage today's undergraduate learner and that create an inclusive classroom climate.
Facilitator: Renee T. Alexander, Director, Minority Alumni Programs
 
Teaching with Technology Seminar
Incorporating Google Moderator and Twitter as Learning Tools

Google Moderator and Twitter are tools that can be used to support learning through data collection and social networking. This seminar will explore ways to use these tools, both inside and outside of the classroom, to promote community building, discussions, meta-cognition and a variety of spontaneous learning activities.
Facilitator: Jeremy Birnholtz, Assistant Professor, Communications
 
Teaching Excellence Seminar
Effective Strategies to Assess Student Learning

Gauging how well students learn information presented in class can be difficult without tangible strategies. This session will explore the use of rubrics and in-class questioning to gain evidence of what students are learning.
Facilitators: Ronald R. Hoy, Merksamer Professor of Neurobiology and Behavior; Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor
Christine Ranney, Associate Professor, Applied Economics and Management
 
Teaching with Technology Seminar
Supporting Collaborative Learning with Wikis

Wikis allow students to create a repository of content, build collective knowledge, share research findings and develop group projects. This session will introduce wikis and examine a variety of ways to use them. The session will provide examples of wiki use for collaboration and examples of research on wikis, collaboration, and learning.
CTE / CIT-Led Seminar
 
Teaching with Technology Seminar
Cyber Cheating

Recent research has found that students are more likely to cheat, and less likely to consider it wrong, when technology is involved. This seminar will present examples of cyber cheating and strategies that faculty can use to prevent, detect, and respond to it.
CTE / CIT-Led Seminar
 
Teaching Excellence Seminar
Creating a Learning-Centered Syllabus

A learning-centered syllabus highlights what students will learn as opposed to simply listing texts and assignments. This working-seminar will focus on integrating and communicating course goals, learning objectives, instructional activities and assessment strategies. Please bring examples of your own syllabi.
CTE-Led Seminar
 
Teaching Excellence Seminar
Creating a Culture of Teaching Excellence through Curricular Design, Mentoring and Advising

Faculty panelists will explore approaches that have been created or evolved to support the growth of students from their freshmen to senior year. They will discuss the value of advising, mentoring and curricular design as strategies for creating a culture of teaching excellence at the program and college level.
Facilitators: Carole Bisogni, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, College of Human Ecology; Professor, Nutritional Sciences
Barry Perlus, Associate Dean, College of Architecture, Art and Planning; Associate Professor, Art
 
Teaching with Technology Seminar
Incorporating Google Moderator and Twitter as Learning Tools

Google Moderator and Twitter are tools that can be used to support learning through data collection and social networking. This seminar will explore ways to use these tools, both inside and outside of the classroom, to promote community building, discussions, meta-cognition and a variety of spontaneous learning activities.
CTE / CIT-Led Seminar
 
Teaching with Technology Seminar
Integrating Geographic Information Systems and Internet Mapping Tools as Teaching Instruments

Geographic information systems and Internet mapping tools are instruments that can be used to gather, organize, interpret, and visualize data. This seminar will explore ways to use these tools, both inside and outside of the classroom, to promote students' ability to analyze data relationships, patterns and trends, and enhance their learning.
Facilitators: Stephan Schmidt, Assistant Professor, City and Regional Planning
Todd Walter, Assistant Professor, Biological and Environmental Engineering
 
Teaching Excellence Seminar
Faculty Teaching Certificate Project: Design, Evaluation, and Reporting

Faculty interested in earning a teaching certificate are required to complete a project that involves applying a teaching concept or approach encountered in the seminars to a class and sharing a summary of their findings. This session will outline some considerations in the design, evaluation and reporting of the project.
CTE-Led
 
Teaching with Technology Seminar
Integrating Video into Your Lecture

Video can be used in the classroom to promote student engagement, stimulate discussions, and in a range of learning activities. This seminar will present a variety of ways to use video that are applicable for diverse disciplines. The session will provide examples of effective video use as well as research on video usage and learning.
Facilitators: Sabine Haenni, Associate Professor, Film and American Studies
Tony Simons, Associate Professor, Organizational Management, Communication and Law
 
Teaching Excellence Seminar
Teaching for Inclusive Excellence

Diversity can be incorporated with course and program design in a variety of disciplines. In this workshop, faculty and participants will engage in an interactive discussion on how to foster inclusive excellence at the course and program level. Additionally, faculty presenters will share diversity resources for use in different disciplines.
Facilitators: Kate McCullough, Associate Professor, English
Cindy van Es, Senior Lecturer, Applied Economics and Management
 
Teaching with Technology Seminar
Integrating Geographic Information Systems and Internet Mapping Tools as Teaching Instruments

Geographic information systems and Internet mapping tools are instruments that can be used to gather, organize, interpret and visualize data. This seminar will explore ways to use these tools, both inside and outside of the classroom, to promote students' ability to analyze data relationships, patterns and trends, and enhance their learning.
CTE / CIT-Led
 
Teaching with Technology Seminar
Integrating Video into Your Lecture

Video can be used in the classroom to promote student engagement, stimulate discussions, and in a range of learning activities. This seminar will present a variety of ways to use video that are applicable for diverse disciplines. The session will provide examples of effective video use as well as research on video usage and learning.
CTE / CIT-Led
 
Teaching Excellence Seminar
Fostering Student Engagement

The best method for fostering positive student engagement, a critical factor in enhancing student achievement, is to have students become active participants in the learning process. This seminar will present a variety of instructional strategies and techniques for engaging a diverse group of students in their learning process. The session will also provide research on engagement and student learning.
Facilitator: Mary Fainsod Katzenstein, Stephen and Evalyn Milman Professor of American Studies; Chair and Director of Undergraduate American Studies Program
 

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Fall 2010

CTE/CIT-led Seminar:
Judicious Use of Technology

What is the right balance between technology and face-to-face interaction? When should faculty opt for non-technology-based teaching approaches? How can technology be used to engage rather than alienate students? Cornell faculty will share their eperiences and choices regarding technology and teaching.
 
Teaching with Technology:
Judicious Use of Technology

What is the right balance between technology and face-to-face interaction? When should faculty opt for non-technology-based teaching approaches? How can technology be used to engage rather than alienate students? Cornell faculty will share their eperiences and choices regarding technology and teaching. 
Facilitators: Jeff Hancock, Associate Professor and Driector of Graduate Studies, Communicatioin; Co-Director of Cognitive Science
TJ Hinrichs, Assistant Professor, History
 
CTE-led Seminar:
Designing Classroom Activities that Get Students Involved

Student participation in classroom activities promotes increased student interest, enjoyment, understanding, and retention of material. This workshop addresses classroom activities that encourage active engagement with course content and promote in-class participation among students.
 
Faculty Forum:
Teaching Strategies that Foster Active Learning and Student Engagement

Faculty panelists will discuss a variety of teaching methods that increase students' active learning and engagement. Presentations will focus on effective strategies for teaching and learning and discuss why the strategies work to encourage critical thinking and probelm solving.
Facilitators: Robert H. Frank, Henrietta Johnson Louis Professor of Management; Professor of Economics, Johnson School
Roald Hoffmann, Frank H.T. Rhodes Professor Emeritus of Humane Letters, Chemistry and Chemical Biology
 
CTE/CIT-led Seminar:
Documenting Student Learning with ePortfolios

Research has shown that ePortfolios are effective for facilitating and assessing learning. This seminar will provide examples of ePortfolio use in a wide range of disciplines, tying them to national and international research and assessment initiatives.
 
Faculty Forum:
Developing and Maintaining Successful Faculty-TA Relationships

Maintaining successful relationships among graduate TAs, faculty, and students can present challenges and opportunities that undoubtedly influence the quality of teaching and learning in the classroom. This faculty panel will focus on useful activities and approaches for mentoring graduate TAs. 
Facilitator: Poppy McLeod, Associate Professor, Communication
Steven Pond, Associate Professor, Musicology
 
CTE-led Seminar:
Evaluating Students Efficiently and Effectively

Feedback is a powerful tool that can improve students’ performance, but providing it is often overwhelming and time-consuming endeavor.  This session will focus on a variety of models for providing feedback, and how to evaluate and improve its effectiveness.
 
CTE-led Seminar:
Supporting Collaborative Learning with Wikis

Wikis allow students to create a repository of content, build collective knowledge, share research findings, and develop group projects. Learn how wikis can lead to more effective collaboration and provide a unique record of the process that leads up to a final outcome.
 
CTE-led Seminar:
Constructing a Learning-Centered Syllabus

A learning-centered syllabus focuses on what students will learn as opposed to simply listing texts and assignments. This seminar will focus on integrating and communicating course goals, learning objectives, instructional activities, and assessment strategies.
 
CTE/CIT led Seminar:
Supporting Collaborative Learning with Wikis

Wikis allow students to create a repository of content, build collective knowledge, share research findings, and develop group projects. Learn how wikis can lead to more effective collaboration and provide a unique record of the process that leads up to a final outcome.
 
CTE/CIT led Seminar:
Teaching with Online Course Management Systems

Course management systems such as Blackboard enhance organization, interaction, and communication.  This seminar will present example applications for a variety of tools such as discussion boards, assignments, quizzes, focusing on how they can benefit students and instructors.  
 
CTE/CIT led Seminar:
Teaching with Online Course Management Systems

Course management systems such as Blackboard enhance organization, interaction, and communication.  This seminar will present example applications for a variety of tools such as discussion boards, assignments, quizzes, focusing on how they can benefit students and instructors.  
 
Faculty Luncheon Session:
Faculty Teaching Mentoring

Newly arrived and experienced faculty can greatly benefit from teaching mentoring relationships. Please join your faculty colleagues in an engaging discussion about how an ongoing dialogue about teaching-related topics can inform your teaching experience.
Facilitator: Mary Beth Norton, Weiss Fellow and Mary Donlon Alger Professor of American History, History
 
Faculty Forum:
Co-Planning and Creating an Interdisciplinary Course

Interdisciplinary courses are increasingly offered as a means to integrate learning across disciplines. Faculty panelists will explain their approaches to creating and planning interdisciplinary courses and share what they have learned from their experiences.
Facilitators: David Easley, Donald C. Opatrny '74 Chair and Henry Scarborough Professor of Social Science, Economics
Michael J. Scanlon, Associate Professor, Plant Biology
 
CTE/CIT led Seminar
Increasing Student Engagement Using Clickers

Clickers enable faculty to gather real-time feedback in classes of varying size across a wide range of disciplines.  Faculty can use clickers to enhance discussion, poll opinions, and gauge comprehension.  Faculty will discuss their use of clickers, including effective questions to use with clickers and the impact of clickers on learning.
 
Teaching with Technology
Increasing Student Engagement using Clickers

Clickers enable faculty to gather real-time feedback in classes of varying size across a wide range of disciplines.  Faculty can use clickers to enhance discussion, poll opinions, and gauge comprehension.  Faculty will discuss their use of clickers, including effective questions to use with clickers and the impact of clickers on learning.
Facilitators: Lisa Dragoni, Assistant Professor, ILR Human Resource Studies
Kimberly O'Brien, Associate Professor, Nutritional Sciences
 
CTE/CIT led Seminar
Innovative Use of Online Surveys

Online surveys can be used as a tool to collect data or as an assessment instrument. Join us for a highly interactive session on how to construct and incorporate surveys into coursework to enhance teaching and learning.
 
Faculty Luncheon Session
Making Academic Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

Students today come to class with a variety of learning styles and may also be differently abled. To benefit all students, educators can utilize teaching techniques that accommodate various learning needs. Please come and explore with your faculty colleagues disabled-related academic accommodations that can be implemented in university classrooms.
Facilitators: Katherine Fahey, Director of Student Disability Services, Learning Strategies Center
Paul Eshelman, Professor in Design and Environmental Analysis, College of Human Ecology
Erin Sember from the Employment and Disability Institute in Industrial Labor Relations
 
CTE/CIT-led Seminar
Innovative Use of Online Surveys

Online surveys can be used as a tool to collect data or as an assessment instrument. Join us for a highly interactive session on how to construct and incorporate surveys into coursework to enhance teaching and learning.
 
CTE-led Seminar
Classroom Dynamics

Students who dominate discussions, raise off-topic questions, or distract others can be quite challenging for instructors. This seminar will provide an opportunity to think through some of the challenging situations and discuss a variety of strategies for dealing with them.
 
Faculty Forum
Diversity Issues that Impact Teaching and Learning

This panel will focus on how faculty can design effective pedagogical strategies for incorporating diversity into the classroom.  The panelists will discuss faculty roles in supporting diversity efforts as well as institutional support structures and programs that impact Cornell University.
Facilitators: Eric Cheyfitz, Ernest I. White Professor of American Studies and Humane Letters; Director, American Indian Program
Sofia Villenas, Associate Professor, Education; Director, Latino Studies Program
 
CTE-led Seminar
Experiential Learning 101: Concepts, Models, Approaches, and Practices

How can teachers employ practice-based educational experiences and interactions with the world beyond the classroom to fully engage students in the learning process? This session will outline diverse experiential learning activities that can be incorporated into coursework.
 
CTE-led Seminar
Using Discussion as an Effective Teaching Tool

This seminar provides an overview of the benefits of discussion as a teaching tool and presents approaches for using discussion in classes of various sizes.  Participants will discuss strategies for creating an environment of inclusion for maximum student engagement.
 
Teaching with Technology
Teaching and Learning with Multimedia

The repertoire of multimedia tools available for use in teaching continues to grow. Incorporating multimedia in courses reflects shifts in both preferred pedagogical approaches and the technology available to faculty and students. Join Cornell faculty as they present their choices regarding multimedia, teaching and learning.
Facilitators: Deborah Streeter, Bruce F. Failing Sr. Professor of Personal Enterprise and Small Business Management
John Weiss, Associate Professor, History
 
Faculty Luncheon Session
Multimedia in the University Classroom

Students respond differently to the ways information is presented. In order to maximize the effects of teaching and learning, educators can use a variety of media in their lessons. Together with your faculty colleagues, come and explore new and exciting ways to effectively convey information in the university classroom using a variety of technologies.
Facilitator: Michael Macy, Goldwin Smith Professor of Sociology, Faculty of Computing and Information Science, Director, Social Dynamics Laboratory
 

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Summer 2010

Information Competency Institute
Developing Effective Undergraduate Research-Based Assignments
Faculty participants will collaborate with consultants from the Center for Teaching Excellence and the University Library and Academic Technology Services. Consultants from Cornell IT Policy Office and the Knight Institute for Writing in the Disciplines will also facilitate sessions.  The objective is to create or redesign assignments that use the Library's resources to provide a structure for undergraduates to practice scholarly research. After the Institute, faculty will continue to work with these academic partners to develop and refine their courses and assignments throughout the year.
Sponsored by: Center for Teaching Excellence, Cornell University Library and Faculty Support Services (CIT)
 
Working Sessions on Learning Outcomes and Assessment
These hands-on faculty workshops provide an overview of how to identify specific learning goals and objectives for a course or program.  Discipline-specific sessions as well as general sessions for any discipline are offered alternating weeks throughout the summer. Faculty members can share their experiences and/or receive support in developing assessment plans to document learning outcomes for their particular course or program. Since this is a working session, participants are encouraged to bring course syllabus
CTE staff members are available during each session to provide feedback and share best practices, materials and resources in the areas of course design, learning outcomes and assessment. Follow-up sessions will be offered during fall semester. Individual consultations are available upon request.





Faculty Institute for Diversity (FID)
Incorporating Diversity Elements into Courses
The Center for Teaching Excellence will collaborate with the Cornell Faculty Institute for Diversity in bringing together 20 faculty colleagues from the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, physical sciences and engineering to learn about diversity in higher education.  Participants will have an opportunity to reflect on ways to incorporate diversity elements into new or existing courses. The institute will also feature guest facilitator Frank Tuitt, co-editor and contributing author of the book Race and Higher Education: Rethinking Pedagogy in Diverse College Classrooms, and Sofia Villenas, Professor in Education, in guiding discussions.


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Spring 2010



Teaching with Technology Series
Innovative Use of Online Surveys: Going Beyond the Bubble Sheet
The faculty panel will discuss how to use online surveys to engage students beyond the bubble sheet. Peter Enns, Assistant Professor of Government, will discuss how undergraduate students in coursework he teaches learn how to design and conduct survey research. Paula Horrigan, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, will present a unique approach to surveying students as a way to assess learning and as a tool for engaging students in professional development in the field. Please join us for a highly interactive session on how to incorporate surveys into coursework to both enhance and assess student learning.
Facilitators: Peter Enns, Assistant Prof of Government;
Paula Horrigan, Associate Prof of Landscape Architecture

 

Peter Enns Presentation: Using Surveys to Motivate Student Research pdf

Faculty Forum
Planning Your Course: Principles for Successful Student Learning
Bring a course syllabus to this hands-on session dealing with maximizing student learning through effective course design principles.
Facilitator: David Way, Associate Director of CTE
 
Teaching with Technology Series
Online Surveys Follow-up Session
In this hands-on session you will have the opportunity to learn how to use the survey tools that were introduced in the February 5th session. Please join us as we practice creating online surveys and talk about choosing the survey tool that will best meet your needs.
In collaboration with Faculty Support Services (CIT)
 
Faculty Seminar Series
Motivating Students to Learn (What Should Faculty Do?)
What factors contribute to student's motivation and learning? What can we do as faculty to motivate them? Student motivation can have a significant impact on the effectiveness and outcomes of their learning experience. Cornell faculty will discuss how they currently enable their students to become self-motivated independent learners. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions as well as discuss their experiences.
Facilitators: Eric Nelson, Prof of Plant Pathology;
Ellis Hanson, Prof of English;
Rob Thorne, Prof of Physics

 

Eric Nelson Presentation pdf

Robert Thorne Presentation: Motivating Students to Learn Physics pdf

 
Faculty Seminar Series
Lessons Learned from Teaching Large Classes at Cornell
Professors Rosemary Avery and David Levitsky will share their experiences teaching large classes. Please join in an interactive discussion of best practices with two of Cornell's distinguished Weiss Fellows.
Facilitators: Rosemary Avery, Prof of Policy Analysis & Management;
David Levitsky, Prof of Nutritional Science
   
Faculty Seminar Series
Creating a Culture of Teaching Excellence through Meaningful Assessment
This faculty panel will explore the value of diverse approaches to assessment as a way to document teaching and learning and also as a strategy for creating a culture of teaching excellence at the program and college level. George Boyer will describe how the School of Industrial and Labor Relations has enhanced the assessment of learning and teaching excellence through an annual awards celebration. Don Viands will discuss the diverse activities and challenges faculty at the the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences have experienced with assessment. Edward McLaughlin will share his experience with the role assessment practices fit into a program accreditation process.
Facilitators: George Boyer, Prof of Labor Economics and ILR's Director of Teaching;
Ed McLaughlin, Prof of Applied Economics & Management;
Don Viands, Prof of Plant Breeding & Genetics and Director of Academic Programs

 

Ed McLaughlin Presentation pdf

Don Viands Presentation: Assessments: Challenges and Successes pdf

 
Faculty Symposium on Teaching
Active Learning: Creating Excitement in the Classroom
Dr. James Eison will facilitate a session on "Active Learning: Creating Excitement in the Classroom" based on the book he co-authored with Charles Bonwell of the same title. Jim Eison is a psychologist who made teaching, learning and faculty development in higher education the focus of his professional career. Eison's work has largely focused upon topics related to (a) instructional strategies and techniques, (b) student characteristics that influence learning, (c) assessing, testing, and grading, and (d) faculty development.
Facilitator: James Eison, Prof of Higher Education at U of South Florida
Sponsors: Center for Teaching Excellence, Cornell University Library, Faculty Support Services (CIT)

James Eison Presentation: Active Learning: Creating Excitement in the Classroom pdf icon

James Eison Paper: Using Active Learning Instructional Strategies to Create Excitement and Enhance Learning pdf icon

 
Faculty Luncheon Series on Teaching
Strategies for Increasing Student Engagement
Facilitator: Harry Greene, Prof of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
   
Faculty Seminar Series
Fostering Student Engagement Through Experiential Learning: Local and Global Approaches
This faculty panel will discuss several ways of incorporating experiential learning into our coursework. Panelists will highlight the benefits, challenges and practical applications of such learning in a wide range of disciplines and content areas. Participants should expect to engage in a lively discussion of diverse experiential learning activities and their value for enhancing student learning.
Facilitators: Marcia Eames-Sheavly, Lecturer/Sr. Extension Assoc. of Horticulture;
John Forester, Prof of City & Regional Planning
   
Faculty Forum
Are They Learning What You Intend?: Assessment of Student Learning
We all have intentions of what our students should learn. What are the most effective and efficient ways to get evidence of that learning? How can our course assignments motivate students' learning beyond merely seeking a good grade? Join the Cornell Information Competency Faculty Fellows in an exchange of assignment and assessment ideas and new practices. Sample grading rubrics will be available for adaptation to course assignments and please bring your own assignments to discuss in this hands-on session.
Facilitator: David Way, Associate Director CTE
 
Teaching with Technology Series
Supporting Collaborative Learning with Wikis
Wikis enable students to make individual contributions in groups working toward common goals. These virtual workspaces are accessible via a web browser and allow students to share ideas, resources, and edit digital content to support a variety of instructional activities. Students can create a repository of content, build collective knowledge on a topic, share research findings with external audiences and develop group projects. Wikis often lead to more effective collaboration and provide a unique record of the process that leads up to a final outcome. Find out how wikis are being used by Cornell faculty to support collaborative learning.
Facilitators: Dwight Bowman, Prof of Microbiology and Immunology
Juan Hinestroza, Asst Prof in Fiber Science and Apparel Design
In collaboration with Faculty Support Services (CIT)
   
Teaching with Technology Series
Supporting Collaborative Learning with Wikis
Follow-up Session

Are you thinking about incorporating wikis into your class? In this hands-on session, you will learn how to create and edit wiki pages, and will learn how to set up and maintain wikis for student collaboration.
In collaboration with Faculty Support Services (CIT)
 
Faculty Program Teaching Excellence Symposium
How Brain Research Can Inform Teaching
Dr. James Zull is the author of "The Art of Changing the Brain." In that work, he reports, "According to our current model of the connection between brain function, human learning, and education, we believe that education can engage the learner's brain to the fullest extent when students follow a cycle of concrete experience with their subject, reflection on their experience and connecting it to their prior knowledge, generation of their own abstract hypotheses about their experience and testing their hypotheses through action, which produces a new sensory (concrete) experience."
Facilitator: James Zull, Prof of Biology & Biochemistry at Case Western Reserve U
James Zull Presentation: The Art of Changing the Brain pdf  
Faculty Luncheon Series on Teaching
Building Rapport with Undergraduate Students Through Research and Outreach
Facilitated by Linda Rayor, Department of Entomology.
Recipient of the 2005 Kaplan Family Distinguished Faculty Fellow in Service-Learning Award.
Join your colleagues for an interactive discussion on working with undergraduates. Share triumphs and trials, insights, best practices and resources.
Linda Rayor Presentation: Integrating Science and Outreach: Developing a Culture of Participation pdf  
Faculty Seminar Series
Problem-Based Learning
Faculty members Marvin Pritts, Horticulture and Cornelia Farnum, Biomedical Sciences, use a problem-based learning approach in their courses to help students enhance critical thinking skills by solving authentic issues in their fields. They will discuss how feedback and reflection on the learning process, as well as team work, has increased students ability to process large amounts of information in a short time with less time dedicated to lectures.
Facilitators: Marvin Pritts, Prof of Horticulture;
Cornelia Farnum, Prof of Biomedical Sciences
   
Teaching with Technology Series
Encouraging Student-Centered Learning with Blogs
Blogs enable students to cultivate their individual voices, express opinions, debate, and share knowledge. These virtual spaces also facilitate students building collective knowledge and learning from peers, instructors and in some cases, the larger scholarly community. Blogging can be limited to a class or opened to the "public" providing students with the largest possible audience to which they can express themselves and get feedback. Find out how blogging can be integrated into course assignments that encourage development of critical thinking, reflection, and persuasive writing.
Facilitators: Tarleton Gillespie, Asst Prof of Communications;
Grit Matthias, Lecturer of German Studies
In collaboration with Faculty Support Services (CIT)
   
Faculty Seminar Series
Utilizing Undergraduate TAs to Support Large Enrollment Courses
Conversations are taking place across campus about how undergraduate TAs might be utilized in large enrollment classes. Tom Hirschl has reviewed the advantages and disadvantages of utilizing undergrad TAs and will discuss his findings. Wayne Knoblauch has utilized undergrad TAs for his courses for several semesters with great success and will share his experiences. Issues relating social concerns, ethical questions, and scheduling will also be discussed.
Facilitators: Tom Hirschl, Prof of Development Sociology;
Wayne Knoblauch, Prof of Applied Economics & Management
 
Faculty Luncheon Series on Teaching
Course-Level Learning Outcomes
Join your colleagues for an interactive discussion on the development of course-level learning outcomes. Share triumphs and trials, insights, best practices and resources.
 
Teaching with Technology Series
Encouraging Student-Centered Learning with Blogs Follow-up Session
Blogs can be a great way for your students to share their work and their thoughts with others. In this hands-on session, you will learn the basics of creating blog entries and blog pages, and will find out about the class blog options that are available at Cornell.
In collaboration with Faculty Support Services (CIT)
 
Teaching with Technology Series
Demystifying Blackboard Part 1: Faculty Share Blackboard Strategies, Tips and Stories
Interested in how other faculty use Blackboard on campus? Just looking to get started with this tool or looking for an opportunity to share your successes or challenges?
This faculty led session will provide you with an opportunity to find out how to get started with Blackboard & discuss how you currently use it.
This forum will also provide a more information about campus uses, resources and solutions.
Facilitators:
Jerrie Gavalchin, Associate Professor of Animal Science
Steven Pond, Associate Professor of Music
In collaboration with Faculty Support Services (CIT)
 
Faculty Luncheon Series on Teaching
Examining Academic Integrity
How do Cornell faculty handle cheating, plagiarism or other issues regarding academic integrity? This faculty-led luncheon will explore faculty challenges and ideas for dealing with academic integrity.
Facilitator: Jane Mt. Pleasant, Associate Professor of Horticulture
Jane Mt. Pleasant Presentation: Plagiarism: Issues in FWS pdf  
Teaching with Technology Series
Demystifying Blackboard Part 2: Using Blackboard
Part 2 is a working session. Bring your programs-services/faculty/faculty-teaching-certificate-program.htmlcourse materials, roll up your sleeves, and come away with a ready-to-use Blackboard course! You will be matched up with a technology assistant who will be able to provide ongoing support after you leave.
In collaboration with Faculty Support Services (CIT)
 

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Fall 2009

Addressing the Unique Nature of Teaching Large Lecture Courses: A Solution-Focused Forum
Join your colleagues in a lively, interactive discussion on successful strategies for teaching large lecture courses. Brainstorm and learn from each other and from the distinguished panel members who are renowned for teaching excellence.
Moderator: Glenn Altschuler, Prof of American Studies
Panelists: Harry Greene, Prof of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology;
David Gries, Prof of Engineering;
Isaac Kramnick, Prof of Government;
Andrea Parrot, Prof of Policy Analysis & Management
 
Faculty Forum
Are They Learning What You Intend?: Assessment of Student Learning
We all have intentions of what our students should learn. What are the most effective and efficient ways to get evidence of that learning? How can our course assignments motivate students' learning beyond merely seeking a good grade? Join the Cornell Information Competency Faculty Fellows in an exchange of assignment and assessment ideas and new practices. Sample grading rubrics will be available for adaptation to course assignments and please bring your own assignments to discuss in this hands-on session.
 
Faculty Forum
Planning Your Course: Principles for Successful Student Learning
Bring a Course Syllabus to this Hands-on Session Dealing with Maximizing Student Learning through Effective Course Design Principles.
Facilitator: David Way, Associate Director of CTE
 
Faculty Forum
How Student Learning Outcomes Can Strengthen Teaching and Learning
This interactive workshop will focus on student learning outcomes within the broader context of effective course design. The workshop content and activities will emphasize how clearly articulating learning outcomes is a very practical way of informing course design and how to assess student learning most effectively. Clearly stating course learning outcomes insures purposeful teaching and helps students understand the meaning, relevance, and “connectedness” of the courses they are taking.
Facilitator: Barbara J. Millis, Director, The Teaching & Learning Center, The University of Texas at San Antonio
 
Defining and Documenting Student Learning with ePortfolios
There is growing consensus that we need to be more intentional about providing evidence regarding the results of a*oinstruction. An increasing number of faculty have found their teaching has been enhanced by a critical examination of student learning. However, there is considerably less consensus on how to define learning and what it means to document it. An ePortfolio is one tool for facilitating a process of systematic inquiry. Research over the last five years has shown that ePortfolios are effective for facilitating and assessing learning. This talk will provide examples of research-based practices in a wide range of disciplines, tying them to national and international research and assessment initiatives.
Facilitator: Darren Cambridge, Assistant Professor of Internet Studies and Information Literacy at George Mason University & Associate Director of the Inter/National Coalition for Electronic Portfolio Research
 
Applying Clickers as an Interactive Teaching & Assessment Tool in the Chemistry Class
Facilitators: Mingyu He, PhD Student in Fiber Science; Kaiyan Qiu, PhD Student in Fiber Science
 
Course ePortfolios at Cornell
Cornell faculty show how they are currently using electronic portfolios to communicate learning outcomes, document student work, create blended learning environments and assess course goals. Participants will have the opportunity to share how they have used ePortfolios in small and large group discussions.
Facilitators: Jane Mt. Pleasant, Assoc. Prof, Horticulture;
Darlene Evans, Sr. Lecturer, Knight Writing Institute;
Barry Perlus, Assoc. Prof, Art
   
Large Lecture Class Seminar Series
Best Practices & Lessons Learned from Faculty Innovation in Teaching Projects
Topics for this forum:
•Creating Engaging Lectures
•Developing Innovative Course Content to Enhance & Scale Learning
•Student Assignments Moderator: Evan Cooch, Assoc. Prof, Natural Resources
Facilitators: John Sipple, Assoc. Prof. of Education;
Andrea Parrot, Prof, PAM;
Daisy Fan, Sr. Lecturer, Computer Science
 

Spring 2009

Evidence-Based Improvement of Teaching and Learning
Facilitator: Trudy Banta
 
Navigating the Path from Eager Graduate Student TA to Successful Teaching Faculty
Facilitator: Darren Hoffmann
 

Fall 2008

Video: Science Education in the 21st Century: Using the Tools of Science to Teach Science
Lecture by Carl Wieman, Nobel Laureate in Physics 2001, National Professor of the Year 2004, Distinguished Professor at the University of British Columbia and University of Colorado, Director of the Carl Wieman Science Education Institute.
Carl Weiman Presentation: Science Education for the 21st Century pdf

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