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 2021-22 Events

Summer 2022

18th Annual Teaching and Learning Conference

Monday, June 6th: (held virtually – #elontlc22)

Elon University welcomes university and college educators to the 18th Annual Teaching & Learning Conference on Monday, June 6th, 2022. This free, fully-virtual conference is sponsored jointly by Elon’s Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (CATL) and Teaching and Learning Technologies (TLT). Visit the full conference website here – or, sign up to attend below:

Conference Theme: Educating Engaged Citizens for an Uncertain and Changing World
Colleges and universities have long played a critical role in preparing future citizens and engaged leaders. This role takes on increased salience in times of rapid societal change. In the coming decades, our current students will take on jobs that do not yet exist, tackle existential threats like climate change and biodiversity collapse, and strive to reshape our society to be more equitable and inclusive at every level. What would our teaching approaches, courses, curricula, and other structures look like if educating engaged citizens for an uncertain and changing world were at the forefront of our thinking?

CATL Writing Residency, 2022

Tuesday, June 7th- Friday, June 10th

This Writing Residency is intended to catalyze faculty writing about the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). We encourage proposals at any stage in the writing process, from embryonic to well underway. Applicants, however, must be available for all four days to focus on their writing and must be working on projects that they can further develop through the residency activities (dedicated time/space for writing and daily feedback from colleagues).

Residency participants meet daily in small groups, and as a whole group on the first and last day of the residency. This year’s residency will be located on campus in Belk Pavilion.

Learn more about the Faculty Writing Residency here, which includes sample publications that have come from writing residency work. Applications were due Friday, April 29th, 2022 by 5 pm.

Teaching Renewal Retreat

Thursday, June 9th, 2022: 9:00am-3:00pm (Belk Pavilion, room 208)

After the past few years, many of us could use a dedicated time and space to reconnect with what brought us to teaching in the first place, and what brings us back year after year.

During this retreat, participants will have the opportunity to engage in structured reflection and discussion, considering: What is your purpose, and how does it relate to what happens in the classroom? What are your goals for your courses now, given the ways that the world–and our students–have changed? And most importantly, how do you nurture your mind, body, and spirit in meaningful ways that allow you to thrive, both in and beyond the classroom?

Join us for a day of reflection, planning, and conversation to light the sparks of a teaching renewal. Lunch and a small stipend will be provided.

Book Discussion: The Burnout Cure: Learning to Love Teaching Again (by Chase Mielke)

Monday, July 11th, 10:30AM-11:30AM (virtual)

Grounded in research on social-emotional learning and positive psychology, The Burnout Cure: Learning to Love Teaching Again (ASCD, 2019) focuses on a variety of specific, immediate actions instructors can take to help us reignite our passion for teaching and practices we can adopt to help us thrive in and out of the classroom.

Join us this summer to discuss the book and how to apply it in our own courses. This session will be a fully virtual discussion and we will send the zoom link to all those who register:

If you missed the summer sign up to get a copy of the book, but are still interested in reading it, the Library has e-book copies available to download. Click here to access the book’s download.


Book Discussion: Creating Wicked Students: Designing Courses for a Complex World (by Paul Hanstedt)

Wednesday, July 13th, 2022, 11:30AM-12:45PM (Part 1 – In Person)

Monday, August 1st, 2022, 3:00PM-4:15PM (Part 2 – In Person)

Focused on the practicalities of designing courses to address the kinds of complex, “wicked problems” our students and world are facing, Handstedt’s book, Creating Wicked Students: Designing Courses for a Complex World (Stylus Publishing, 2018), is “centered on the idea that the goal in the college classroom—in all classrooms, all the time—is to develop students who are not just loaded with content, but capable of using that content in thoughtful, deliberate ways to make the world a better place.”

Join us to discuss the book through two in-person book discussions held this summer in-person and learn how to apply lessons from the book in your own course(s). Food will be provide for those that register.

If you missed the summer sign up to get a copy of the book, but are still interested in reading it, the Library has e-book copies available to download. Click here to access the book’s download.

Course Reboot Institute

Tuesday, August 2, 2022, 9:00AM – 4:00PM

This August, we are planning a “reboot” of our semi-annual Course Reboot Institute — a lightly structured opportunity to focus on course planning before Planning Week arrives. The day will start with time to evaluate some of the new approaches you tried during pandemic teaching: What did you change? What do you want to keep/jettison? Why? What do students likely need now in order to learn the material in this course?

Most of the time will be dedicated to course planning in a quiet space, alongside sympathetic colleagues, with food and drinks provided, and CATL faculty nearby for brainstorming or consultation.

Sign up to join us for an intentional pause to restart, refresh, and re-vision a fall course.

Book Discussion: Tarana Burke and Brené Brown, You Are Your Best Thing: Vulnerability, Shame Resilience, and the Black Experience (edited by Tarana Burke and Brené Brown)

How are BIPOC students navigating these highly tenuous racial times? How may their responses to racialized trauma show up in academic spaces? You Are Your Best Thing: Vulnerability, Shame Resilience, and the Black Experience (Random House, 2021), is an anthology that explores the lived experiences of BIPOC folx and their relationships with vulnerability, shame, and resilience, edited by activist Tarana Burke and researcher Brene’ Brown. This collection of stories provides a collection of stories that “Give our humanity breathing room” and helps validate the diverse responses to racialized trauma.

Join us this fall to discuss how the stories within this text can help faculty and staff better understand the lived experiences of our BIPOC students. This discourse will assist instructors and staff in considering ways to support our students as they navigate their ever-changing world and the collegiate experience. Sign-up coming later this summer!




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