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.

Fall 2019

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CATL Fall Reading Group--The Spark of Learning by Sarah Rose Cavanagh

Reading Group – The Spark of Learning by Sarah Rose Cavanagh to be held Monday, September 16th from 12:10-1:10pm (Introduction, Chapters 1-3) in Belk Pavilion 208 and Monday, September 30th from 12:10-1:10pm (Chapters 4-6, Conclusion) in Belk Pavilion 208. Books will be provided for those who sign up for the two-session discussion group. Lunch is provided.

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Purposeful Active Learning

This workshop will explore different forms of active learning and what they help students achieve. Tuesday, October 8th from 12:30 – 1:45pm in Belk Pavilion 201. Lunch is provided.

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Dr Catherine Bovill is Senior Lecturer in Student Engagement at the Institute for Academic Development, University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Cathy is currently an Elon University Fulbright Scholar, researching, teaching and leading work on Building partnerships and student engagement through enhanced student-faculty relationships. She is also a Visiting Fellow (Knowledge Exchange) at the University of Winchester UK, a Principal Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy and an Editorial Board member for Teaching in Higher Education. She has published and presented internationally on student engagement, students as partners and student-faculty co-creation of curricula. In 2018 Cathy performed a fringe show at the Edinburgh International Festival – focused on exploring the highs and lows of teachers’ attempts to engage students. Tuesday, November 12th from 12:30-2:00pm | LaRose Student Commons 200 | Lunch is provided.

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Workshop--Getting Ready for Winter Term

Tuesday, December 3rd | 4:10-5:20pm | Belk Pavilion 208 | Snacks are provided.

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Are you excited to try something new in a current course and want to reflect on how you might document its impact on student learning? Have you noticed something intriguing, perplexing, or challenging in a course that you’ve recently taught? Our conversations will help enrich your thinking about SoTL and identify the ways in which the SoTL scholarly process aligns with research processes already familiar to us from disciplinary frameworks. It will also introduce members to resources helpful to the development and eventual publication of a SoTL project. CoPs will meet three times over the semester; schedules will be determined based on participant availability.

Are you excited to try something new in a current course and want to reflect on how you might document its impact on student learning? Have you noticed something intriguing, perplexing, or challenging in a course that you’ve recently taught? Our conversations will help enrich your thinking about SoTL and identify the ways in which the SoTL scholarly process aligns with research processes already familiar to us from disciplinary frameworks. It will also introduce members to resources helpful to the development and eventual publication of a SoTL project. CoPs will meet three times over the semester; schedules will be determined based on participant availability.

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.

 


Former Events:

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