One of our goals as a Center is to foster innovative, evidence-based teaching and learning practices and critical reflection through workshops, reading groups, and invited speakers involved with national and international research on higher education.
Workshops & Events are free and open to all faculty and staff teaching at Elon, and are designed for instructors working in a range of teaching and learning contexts.
Descriptions for current and past CATL offerings can be found below.
Course Design Institute (CDI): Resilient Teaching
This week-long virtual course design institute (CDI) will focus on designing courses that balance the structure and flexibility necessary for students and instructors to adapt and thrive under potentially uncertain and shifting conditions. During the week, we’ll ask each participating instructor to focus on designing a single fall course as we explore blending the unique affordances of virtual and in-person spaces, synchronous and asynchronous modalities, and digital and pedagogical tools to foster and nourish rich interactions among learners, instructors, and disciplinary content and skills. And we’ll focus on creative use of a set of flexible principles that can help us design engaged, inclusive, and relationship-rich courses that are the hallmark of our teaching at Elon.
Ultimately, while physical distancing challenges us to teach and learn in ways that may look quite different from our usual routines, the CDI will guide us to apply our considerable creativity and teaching expertise to the task of designing course tailored to the unique demands of the fall semester.
Logistics: The CDI will be offered online twice this summer, between 9am-3:30pm, with abundant asynchronous work time and twice-daily synchronous groupwork components (11am and 2:30pm). There will be a small stipend for completion of the course.
To register: You can register individually, or as a group, with other colleagues you plan to work with during the week:
Registration for week 1 is now closed: Monday-Friday, July 6-10 from 9:00am – 3:30pm
Registration for week 2 is now closed: Wednesday-Friday, July 29-31 and Monday-Tuesday, August 3-4 from 9:00am – 3:30pm (no programming over the weekend)
Co-sponsored by the Center for the Advancement of Teaching & Learning, Teaching & Learning Technologies and Writing Across the University, along with partners Center for Engaged Learning and Center for Design Thinking
Teaching & Learning Conference
The Teaching & Learning Conference has been cancelled this year. Visit the conference website for more information moving forward.
Course Design Working Groups
Times will vary
Whether you are planning a new course or re-thinking one you’ve taught before, you can sign up to be part of a course design working group. Groups meet 3 times during the summer—often over lunch—based on group member’s schedules. During the meetings, we’ll discuss each course, using a backwards course design framework and focusing on the questions and topics that most interest you as you design it.
Facilitated by CATL faculty, planned around your schedules, and focused on your key questions, course design groups can be a collegial and productive way to develop a course. Past working group members remark that:
- “the greatest use for me was the discipline of thinking through exactly what I wanted the students to learn.”
- “I typically think that course development is a very lonely process. It helped alleviate a lot of stress I was feeling.”
SoTL Community of Practice (CoP)
Times will vary
Open to faculty of all experience levels, this CoP brings together colleagues who have an emerging interest in the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) to:
- enrich thinking about SoTL and help you develop your SoTL project
- identify the ways the SoTL scholarly process aligns with research processes already familiar to us from disciplinary frameworks, and
- introduce members to resources helpful to develop and publish a SoTL project
Participants in the CoP will support, sharpen, and sustain the work of their colleagues, and individuals’ goals guide our shared time together.
To view more of our CATL events, see below for previous years.