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.
Reading Group on Facilitating Seven Ways of Learning
Thursdays, June 28 and July 19, 12:00-1:30 pm (Lunch provided), Lindner 206
In Facilitating Seven Ways of Learning, Davis and Arend suggest practical tips for matching your learning goals with the most effective teaching methods. The authors divide the book into seven categories of learning outcomes (such as, building skills, developing thinking and reasoning processes, practicing professional judgment) and connect those to different ways of learning and teaching that research suggests support those learning outcomes effectively.
Whether you are looking for new ways to improve student learning or simply continuing to fine-tune after years of experience, Facilitating Seven Ways of Learning can offer new ideas and also remind us why we make the effort to improve our facilitation skills.
Join colleagues for this two-part discussion of the book over lunch. Please plan to attend both sessions.
Reading Group on Interactive Lecturing
Tuesdays, June 19th and July 10th, 12:00-1:30 (Lunch provided), Lindner 206
Interactive Lecturing is designed to “help faculty members more effectively lecture,” in ways that combine purposeful student learning activities with engaging lectures. The authors share tips, strategies, and techniques applicable across a wide variety of disciplines.
On June 19th, we will explore the theoretical framework of the book as we define interactive lecturing and discuss what it looks like in practice.
On July 10th, we will explore tips, strategies, and techniques as well as sharing at least one technique that we have modified for use in our own classroom.
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.