Workshops organized by the Center for Advancing Teaching and Learning Through Research (CATLR) provide a hands-on opportunity for faculty to delve into a specific topic, issue, or approach in teaching and learning. We offer distinct workshop series for faculty and graduate students. Led by one of your colleagues at CATLR, the events offer the opportunity to try out or work on an aspect of your course along with your colleagues both within and outside of your field. This interdisciplinary environment provides the opportunity to look at a variety of approaches to what is being discussed.

Workshops are interactive sessions, typically 90-minutes in length, facilitated by CATLR colleagues for Northeastern University instructors. In addition to our open workshop schedule, CATLR designs and facilitates workshops for departmental groups.

Contact Dr. Kathy Takayama ( if you are interested in discussing a customized workshop.

Upcoming Workshop Schedule

All workshops are single sessions. Registration is preferred. Click an event title to read more and to register for that session.

Title Date Time Theme Description
Academically Productive Online Discussions 9/29/2016 11:45 AM - 1:15 PM Online

Participants will investigate the dimensions and markers of productive discourse, be introduced to a discussion planning process, and have an opportunity to design or revise a discussion-based assignment.

In-Class Activities for Deeper Learning 10/14/2016 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Active Learning

This workshop explains how to facilitate these processes and achieve deeper, more motivated learning through “inductive” in-class activities.

Mentoring Practices for Student and Faculty Success 10/19/2016 11:45 AM - 1:15 PM Teaching Essentials

This workshop will dispel the mystery around effective mentoring practices and provide a venue for self-assessing, sharing, and planning approaches to developing mutually beneficial relationships between faculty and students.

Enhancing Service-Learning Through Problem- and Project-Based Learning (PBL) Approaches 10/25/2016 11:45 AM - 1:15 PM Active Learning

In this workshop, participants will learn about specific features of PBL that can be applied—entirely or incrementally—to enhance student learning and motivation in service-learning courses.

Incorporating Writing-to-Learn Activities 11/2/2016 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM Active Learning

In this workshop, participants will learn about and experience several types of writing-to-learn activities and adapt an activity for their own teaching.

Strategies for Integrating Service-Learning with Academic Learning 11/15/2016 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Teaching Essentials

In this workshop, participants will learn how to map course learning outcomes to NU community partners’ initiatives for robust learning and impactful experiences.

Teaching for Critical Thinking 11/17/2016 11:45 AM - 1:!5 PM Teaching Essentials

In this workshop, we will use Halpern’s four-part “teaching for critical thinking” framework to structure our brainstorming and dialogue. At the end of this workshop, participants will have concrete takeaways to try in their classes.

Using Peer-to-Peer Feedback in Co-op Courses to Enhance Student Learning 12/6/2016 11:45 AM - 1:15 PM Co-op

In this workshop for Co-op faculty, participants will explore using peer-to-peer feedback in a way that can not only be more time-efficient, but also enhance student learning so that students become self-directed learners.

Preparing Co-op Faculty Presentations that Engage the Audience, Part I 12/12/2016 11:45 AM - 1:15 PM Co-op

In this first workshop of a two-part series, Co-op faculty will explore multimedia design principles and active learning strategies that can be used to engage both professional conference audiences and students.

Facilitating Online Courses: In-person Session 12/15/2016 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Online

As a follow-up to our Online Course Design Orientation Program, this in-person session is appropriate for faculty who are new to online teaching, as well as experienced online instructors who want to enhance their practice.

Preparing Co-op Faculty Presentations that Engage the Audience, Part II 12/16/2016 11:45 AM - 1:15 PM Co-op

In this second of two workshops, Co-op faculty will have the opportunity to share and receive feedback from their colleagues and learning scientists on a presentation in which they have incorporated strategies from the first workshop.