Workshops

Workshops organized by the Center for Advancing Teaching and Learning Through Research provide a hands-on opportunity for faculty to delve into a specific topic, issue, or approach in teaching and learning. 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. Cigdem Talgar (c.talgar@neu.edu) 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 Audience Description
Developing Rubrics to Foster Student Development 9/9/2014 All-Campus

Familiar with rubrics? Take them to the next level.  When used appropriately, rubrics have many benefits:  they can help students chart their intellectual growth and help faculty make expectations clear. The Structure of the Observed Learning Outcome (SOLO) taxonomy views student competence of content on a hierarchical scale that moves from “pre-structural” to “extended abstract.”… Read more »

The Flipped Classroom Parts 1 and 2 (two-hour intensive) 9/18/2014 All-Campus

This longer workshop combines content from two successful 90-minute workshops offered in previous semesters.  After (1) providing an overview of the flipped classroom model, we will (2) focus on designing collaborative in-class application activities, and then (3) explore technologies appropriate for creating digital content for out-of-class viewing, including conceptual lectures, problem-solving, demonstrations, worked examples, and more.

The Global Classroom: Leveraging Classroom Diversity for Learning 9/23/2014 All-Campus

The percentage of international students at Northeastern University has increased from 7.5% in 2005 to 22.7% in 2013.  According to U.S. News & World Report, Northeastern nationally ranks 10th in international undergraduate population. At the same time, Northeastern has an incredibly diverse group of faculty. This workshop will focus on ways to leverage factors that… Read more »

Flipped Classroom Part 3: Structured Working Session 10/2/2014 All-Campus

So, you’ve taken the Flipped Classroom 1 and 2 workshops, and it’s time for the rubber to meet the road.  You’re ready to sit down and start working on specific materials for a lesson, or unit, or whole course that you want to flip.  What now?  This workshop is designed as a structured working session… Read more »

Evidence-based Principles for Multimedia Learning 10/7/2014 All-Campus

Is it a good idea to include a small video of yourself in an online lecture? Should online presentations be the same length as classroom lectures? These questions can be answered by examining a model of human cognition that explains how we process multimedia materials. Richard Mayer and his colleagues have used this model as… Read more »

Integrating Reflections and Learning Outcomes in the Classroom in Preparation for Co-op 10/14/2014 Co-Op

Starting in Spring 2015, all co-op students will be asked to identify learning outcomes for their co-ops. In addition, students on their first co-op will be asked to respond to reflections/guided inquiries. This workshop is designed to provide co-op faculty with some guidelines of how to introduce and discuss these topics in their course.

Group Work that Works: Team-Based Learning 10/16/2014 All-Campus

Not all forms of “group work” are created equal. Team-Based Learning (TBL) is a specific form of collaborative learning that solves many problems that we have come to associate with traditional group-work assignments. As a result, TBL has enjoyed increased adoption in the last decade. Both teachers and students in TBL classrooms report increasing levels… Read more »

[Trigger Warning]: A Discussion of Trigger Statements, Expectations and Boundaries 10/21/2014 All-Campus

“Trigger warnings” are more frequently appearing on course syllabi and other classroom materials.  These statements have long been used to forecast upcoming material related to rape, violence and other potentially upsetting content, and but some say the use and expectation of trigger warnings has gotten unreasonable to the point of feeling like censorship.  For example,… Read more »

Integrating Reflections and Learning Outcomes in the Classroom in Preparation for Co-op 10/21/2014 Co-Op

Starting in Spring 2015, all co-op students will be asked to identify learning outcomes for their co-ops. In addition, students on their first co-op will be asked to respond to reflections/guided inquiries. This workshop is designed to provide co-op faculty with some guidelines of how to introduce and discuss these topics in their course.

Leveraging Service-Learning to Integrate Co-op Experiences into the Classroom 10/28/2014 All-Campus

Service-learning is a form of experiential education that can be implemented and effective at multiple points during a student’s experience to enhance learning and application of theoretical concepts. In this session, we will examine service-learning as a post-co-op pedagogical tool, which allows students to build off their hands-on learning co-op experience and subsequent skill development… Read more »

My Online Course Is Live! Now What? 11/6/2014 All-Campus

Anyone who has prepared an online course knows how labor-intensive course development is, and most of our conversation focuses on how to bring a course online. But what about techniques for teaching online? This workshop will address what happens in the virtual classroom through discussion of online social presence, facilitation, feedback strategies, and ongoing assessment… Read more »

Setting the Stage for Learning: The Graphic Syllabus Across Disciplines 11/13/2014 All-Campus

The graphic syllabus is an excellent way to set the stage for learning in your course by illustrating its knowledge organization and how the course will achieve its outcomes.  Participants in this workshop will discuss the benefits and different approaches to developing graphic syllabi across the disciplines. Attendees will also have the opportunity to develop… Read more »

Students Learning from Students: Facilitating Peer Evaluation 11/18/2014 All-Campus

Peer evaluation can provide rich opportunities for students to give each other valuable feedback, reflect on their own work, and form an active, collaborative community. It can also help faculty address the challenges of giving feedback on a frequent basis, on group work, and in large classes. In this workshop, we will discuss research-based strategies… Read more »

Creating Mindful Students: Simple Practices in Contemplative Pedagogy 12/4/2014 All-Campus

In the form of the “contemplative pedagogy” movement, new science and old practices are being combined to create more potent and effective learning experiences for both faculty and students.  Contemplative pedagogy practices include brief moments of silent reflection with attention directed in mindful ways.  Research is showing this low-impact practice creates more focus, creative engagement,… Read more »