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.

Upcoming 2022-23 Events

September 2022

Resisting the Student Disengagement Trend

Tuesday, 9/13, 12:30-1:45 pm, Moseley 215
An instructor at the front of the room lecturing to a group of students sitting around tables.

In this interactive workshop, facilitated by Olivia Chopin, CATL Associate Director & Associate Professor of French, we will discuss how the context of the past two years has created challenges for engaging students in the classroom–from a hesitancy to speak up in discussion to a tendency to fall behind in assignments. Together, we’ll discuss strategies for motivating our students to re-engage with our courses and their classmates. Lunch will be provided for those who pre-register.

– Register here to join this session and to reserve a lunch.


Reading Group: You Are Your Best Thing: Vulnerability, Shame,  Resilience, and the Black Experience 

Wednesdays, 9/21 & 10/19, 4:15-5:15 PM, Belk Pavilion 200

How are BIPOC students navigating these highly tenuous racial times? How might their responses to racialized trauma show up in academic spaces? The edited collection, You are Your Best Thing (2021), explores the lived experiences of BIPOC folx and their relationships with vulnerability, shame, and resilience. This collection, edited by activist Tarana Burke and researcher Brene’ Brown provides stories that “give our humanity breathing room” and helps validate the diverse responses to racialized trauma. Please join us to discuss how the stories within this text can help faculty and staff better understand the lived experiences of our BIPOC students.

This two-part discussion, facilitated by Vanessa Drew-Branch, CATL Pedagogy Fellow & Associate Professor of Human Service Studies, is intended for those who have read the book or listened to the “Unlocking Us” podcast episode with Tarana Burke & Jason Renolds. The discussion will assist instructors and staff as we consider ways to support our students as they navigate their ever-changing world and the collegiate experience.

– Register here for one or both sessions. Drinks & snacks will be provided.


Using SoTL to explore student learning in your course     

Wednesday, 9/28, 12:30 – 1:45 pm, Belk Pavilion 200

Are you curious about the student experience in your course? Are you trying a new teaching approach or assessment this term and want to know how it is impacting student learning? Integrating the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) into your teaching practice can offer you an opportunity to examine the impact and effectiveness of your pedagogical choices. Whether you’re new to or experienced with SoTL, join us for a session where we will share our questions about student learning and explore what data is available for us to better understand the effectiveness of our teaching practice.

Prior to attending, participants should take time to reflect on their own courses and any curiosities they’ve uncovered while teaching as we will be drafting our own questions and identifying forms of evidence to explore during the SoTL process.

– Register here to join and reserve a lunch.

October 2022

Co-sponsored Reading Group: What Teaching Looks Like: Higher Education through Photographs 

Tuesdays, October 4 & 18, 4:15-5:00 PM | RSVP Here

What Teaching Looks Like (Horri & Springborg, 2022; download and read for free) delves into higher education—the challenges faced by students, faculty, staff, and administrators alike from all variety of institution types and across campus sectors—in a way that has not been done before.

Photo of a book that is black and blue with a woman holding a physics experiment and below images of people collaborating together. The title reads "What Teaching Looks Like: Higher Education through Photographs"

By weaving together a unique collection of documentary photographs of modern teaching and learning at US colleges and universities with research-based discussion of the state of engaged learning, the book teaches readers to think through and with

photographs in new ways, offering insights and perspectives with the potential to change teaching, administrative, and support practices for the better. The project not only reflects the state of how US institutions educate the next generation of thinkers and innovators, it informs what we could aspire to do as educators and reveals experiences and perspectives of today’s students in ways that are only accessible through photographs.

This reading group is co-sponsored by the Center for Engaged Learning (CEL) and the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (CATL). The book is part of the Center for Engaged Learning’s Open Access series. For more information about the series and other resources, visit CEL’s webpage.

– Register here by September 27, 2022.


Co-sponsored Workshop: Inclusive Excellence in the Classroom: A Conversation about Pronouns and Gender

Wednesday, October 19th, 12:30 – 1:45pm, McEwen Engagement Room

Join Gender & LGBTQIA Center staff on International Pronouns Day to discover strategies for consistently affirming students of all genders, facilitating conversations about cisnormativity among your students, and promoting gender equity within your teaching. This discussion-based session will focus on learning about pronouns (including neopronouns), understanding the impact of correctly gendering and misgendering students, and creating tangible approaches that you can integrate into your classrooms and beyond.

– Register here to join the session and reserve lunch.

November 2022

Speed Teaching Session: Pushing the boundaries of your classROOM 

Monday, November 7, 12:30 – 1:45pm, Martin Outdoor Classroom

Image from the Today@Elon article “Moving Outside: Outdoor spaces offer unique opportunities for Elon classes.” Read more about how Dr. Sandy Marshall taught outdoors during the pandemic.

Learning doesn’t have to be confined to a room in McMichael or McEwen – in fact, a classroom is any place where learning happens. Teaching in alternative spaces can include holding class in an informal learning space like a park or outside under the oaks, or it can involve students engaging in active learning in environments specifically designed to provide experience in that location, like Loy Farms or any of the new outdoor classrooms around campus. Regardless of what you teach, where you teach can have a variety of impacts on the student learning experience. In this speed-teaching session we will learn from Elon colleagues about how they have embraced and utilized alternative outdoor spaces for their classrooms and share how you might expand your classroom to the outdoors and beyond.

– Register here to join the session and reserve lunch.


Preparing to teach Winter Term

Monday, November 14, 4:00 – 5:15pm, Belk Pavilion 208

The format of Winter Term presents challenges and opportunities for both instructors and students.

Whether you’re teaching a short-term intensive course for the first time or are considering how to improve your course, jump-start your thinking by talking with colleagues about how they keep their students engaged, design a coherent term, find time to assess student work, and otherwise leverage the possibilities for meaningful learning.

– Register here for the session.


Spring 2023 Events

January 2023 | February 2023 | March 2023 | April 2023 | May 2023

Stay tuned for upcoming Spring 2023 events!

January 2023

February 2023

March 2023

April 2023


Past Events:

To view more of our CATL events, see below for previous years.