CTI at a Glance

Spring 2021 Update

The data presented here are from January 1 – March 31, 2021

To support faculty teaching this spring semester with both online and in-person teaching scenarios, the CTI shared What Works in online & hybrid teaching. In addition to our regular support consultations and drop-in sessions, we continued our commitment to building an inclusive teaching environment at Cornell through our programming and learning communities.


Faculty programming

This spring, we updated the Teaching & Learning in the Diverse Classroom MOOC on edx.org to a self-paced model to give greater scheduling flexibility to educators worldwide. We will offer the Cornell version as an instructor-paced course again this June, along with learning communities for faculty and grad students to deepen discussions and offer more opportunities to engage with other course participants around the material.

We also offered a two series of workshops facilitating discussions among faculty: What Works for Online Teaching and What Works for In-Person Teaching with Remote Students. These brought together instructors from across campus to hear presentations about teaching strategies that worked well in fall semester and discuss ways to adapt them for spring courses.

We also sponsored the 7th annual meeting of the Cornell Online Learning Community, attended by 100 participants. The event featured keynote speaker Flower Darby, faculty, instructional designer and lead author of Small Teaching Online: Applying Learning Science in Online Classes. The event also included presentations by Cornell faculty in an afternoon devoted to understanding What works and what’s next in online and hybrid learning?

Overall, 653 faculty attended our workshops & events this spring

Graduate Student & Postdoc Programming

Since we were working remotely, we combined our teaching workshops for graduate students & postdocs into 3 thematic institutes: the Online Learning InstituteCourse Design Institute, and Teaching Portfolio Institute.

297 graduate students & postdocs attended these workshops & institutes this spring

Communities of Practice

We continued our new faculty community of practice, which holds monthly meetings to discuss issues of interest to the participants and provides a space for faculty to come together and share experiences and ideas.

Faculty Support Consultations

  • 348 faculty visited our live drop-in sessions via Zoom for instructional design, teaching, or technology support.
  • CTI instructional designers resolved over 2,500 teaching support tickets
  • Our instructional designers consulted with 56 instructors about 78 classes through our Mid-Semester Feedback Program
    • The overall enrollment across these classes was 3,720 students

Learning Technologies

  • We made important updates to the Learning Technologies Resource Library
  • We offered workshops on Poll EverywhereCanvas, & Gradescope to support faculty in enhancing their remote student learning experience
  • We introduced Ed Discussion this Spring for question-and-answer discussions, and it is being used in more than 160 courses serving more than 9600 students
  • We now offer Hypothesis to all faculty
  • Our learning technology pilot FeedbackFruits (peer assessment) has been quite successful, with 43 instructors participated during spring semester, using this tool in 52 courses

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