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

October 2021

Book Discussion: Ungrading: Why Rating Students Undermines Learning (and What to Do Instead) (by Susan Blum)

Wednesday, October 13th: 4:00PM-5:15PM (virtual on Zoom)

What is the relationship between grading and learning? Do we “have to” grade? What does it mean to go “gradeless”? And, how will students respond if I do?

Colleagues who received the CATL summer read Ungrading: Why Rating Students Undermines Their Learning and What to Do Instead (Blum, 2020) are invited to attend this discussion of the book, facilitated by Kelsey Bitting.

Lunch will be provided for those who pre-register for the in-person session. If you read the book and want to talk about it, but can’t make either discussion, please let us know by email catl@elon.edu so we can follow up.

Click here to register for the virtual zoom session (Wed, Oct. 13th)!

 

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.

November 2021

Workshop: Teaching in Winter Term’s Unique Format

Thursday, November 18th: 12:30PM – 2:00PM

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. Lunch will be provided for those who pre-register by Monday, November 15th, 2021.

Click here to register!

 

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Past 2021-22 Events

Summer 2021

Writing Residency

June 1st-June 4th

Since 2006, this annual four-day writing retreat has catalyzed faculty writing about the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). Participants meet for four consecutive days at the start of the summer to write and to exchange feedback on drafts. Balancing dedicated time for faculty writing with small group feedback on drafts, these intensive summer retreats help faculty make the crucial, and often difficult, step of going public with their SoTL research. Learn more about the Faculty Writing Residency here.

Teaching and Learning Conference

June 10th: 9am-4:30pm

17th Annual Teaching & Learning Conference at Elon University
Elon University welcomes university and college educators to the 17th Annual Teaching & Learning Conference on Thursday, June 10, 2021 (please note the new early summer date to allow for conference ideas to percolate all summer long). 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). Registration is now closed (was available until June 7, 2021 at 11:59pm EST).

Conference Theme: Teaching & Learning Beyond the Pandemic
As we look beyond the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our institutions and classrooms, we envision a world that has both changed in radical ways and also still retains many longstanding challenges. Our collective and personal experiences during this past year and a half, as educators and human beings, may leave us better positioned to reimagine that future world together. In what ways might we and our students cultivate meaning, purpose, and connection that reignite our passion for teaching and learning after the widespread burnout of COVID? How can we leverage the momentum of 2020 toward racial equity to continue to iterate toward more welcoming and just courses in which historically underrepresented or otherwise disadvantaged students can truly excel? And, as climate-related disruptions become increasingly frequent, how can we leverage our recent experience to create more resilient and more sustainable courses and institutions?

September 2021

Book Discussion: What Inclusive Instructors Do (by Addy, Dube, Mitchell, and SoRelle)

Wednesday, September 1st: 12:30PM-1:45PM

What Inclusive Instructors Do (2021) draws upon the results of a nationwide survey of hundreds of college faculty, the collective wisdom of four authors representing a range of social identity characteristics, and the scholarly literature on evidence-based teaching and learning to offer “Principles and Practices for Excellence [and equity] in College Teaching.”

Please join us to discuss the book’s recommendations, from course design and day-to-day classroom practice to “developing and sustaining a culture of inclusive teaching,” and how we might leverage those recommendations to advance the culture of inclusive excellence here at Elon. Lunch will be provided for those who pre-register. If you read the book and want to talk about it, but can’t make the discussion, please let us know on the registration form and we’ll follow up.

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: Teaching about Race and Racism in the College Classroom: Notes from a White Professor (by Cyndi Kernahan)

Tuesday, September 7th: 12:30PM-1:45PM

Kernahan’s book describes many of the challenges faced by faculty who teach about race and racism, including a gap between how scholars and novices understand racism, occasional student resistance, and the emotional toll such teaching can take, all with an awareness of how the racial identities of instructors and students affect their different experiences. Despite these challenges, Kernahan (a psychologist) offers instructors evidence-based suggestions for how to create a classroom environment where students are open to learning unflinching truths about racism and explore its implications.

Please join us for this book’s discussion – lunch will be provided for those who pre-register. If you’ve read the book and want to talk about it but can’t make the discussion, please let us know on the registration form and we can arrange an individual time to meet with you.

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.

 

Workshop: Pedagogical Silver Linings – The Best Things We Learned from the Worst Year of Teaching (a virtual speed teaching session)

NOVEMBER 29, 2017: Jeff Carpenter, associate professor of education and director of teaching fellows Program, teaches an education class. (photo by Kim Walker)

Thursday, September 23rd: 12:30PM-1:45PM

In this “speed teaching” session held virtually, participants will hear from a number of Elon faculty about pedagogical practices they adopted during the virtual and hi-flex pandemic semesters that had a positive and lasting impact on some aspect of their course.

Participants will leave with concrete ideas for implementing small changes that can make a big difference.

Please join us for this virtual workshop. Lunch will be available for pick up at the Belk Pavilion, packaged as a grab-and-go option, for those who pre-registered by September 20th.

October

Workshop: Engaging and Supporting Students Using Micro-Mentoring Practices (a virtual session)

Monday, October 4th: 12:30PM-1:45PM

MARCH 30, 2018: Assistant Professor of Communications, Nicole Triche, meets with her students in the lobby of the Global Commons building. (photo by Kim Walker)

“Mentoring” often connotes extended relationships between faculty and students, perhaps in the context of a scholarly project over multiple semesters. However, research on mentoring highlights impactful practices that can occur in brief one-on-one interactions or at scale, between an instructor and a whole class. These “micro-mentoring” practices can help foster students’ sense of belonging at Elon and in our disciplines, their engagement and learning in our courses, and their overall well-being. In this workshop, we will explore research-based micro-mentoring practices that can enhance our relationships with and impact on students at a daily scale.

Please join us for this virtual workshop. Lunch will be available for pick up at the Belk Pavilion, packaged as a grab-and-go option, for those who pre-registered by October 1st.

 

Book Discussion: Ungrading: Why Rating Students Undermines Learning (and What to Do Instead) (by Susan Blum)

Tuesday, October 12th: 12:30PM-1:45PM (in-person) 

What is the relationship between grading and learning? Do we “have to” grade? What does it mean to go “gradeless”? And, how will students respond if I do?

Colleagues who received the CATL summer read Ungrading: Why Rating Students Undermines Their Learning and What to Do Instead (Blum, 2020) are invited to attend this discussion of the book, facilitated by Olivia Choplin.

Lunch will be provided for those who pre-register for the in-person session. If you read the book and want to talk about it, but can’t make either discussion, please let us know by email catl@elon.edu so we can follow up.

Click here to register for the virtual zoom session (Wed, Oct. 13th)!

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.

 


Past Events:

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