Graduate Coursework in Higher Education

What Graduate Coursework in Higher Education is Available?

Current graduate coursework in higher education available includes ALS 6014: Theater Techniques for Enhancing Teaching and Public Speaking and ALS 6015: Teaching in Higher Education.

Theater Techniques for Enhancing Teaching and Public Speaking

This seven-week course uses theater techniques to help graduate students enhance their classroom teaching and public speaking in both formal and informal environments. Using the storytelling and character-development techniques of theatrical improvisation, participants will build decision-making skills and their ability to think creatively under pressure through engaging exercises. Participants will design and present a short talk as a final presentation.

Teaching in Higher Education

This course assists graduate students in preparing for a faculty position in higher education. Course assignments and activities cover effective teaching and professional development. Students will complete a digital portfolio in preparation for employment. The course covers faculty roles and responsibilities, educational philosophies, learning theories, instructional methods, course design, and assessment among others.

Who can Participate?

Graduate students who are currently teaching and preparing for a faculty position in higher education at Cornell.

When is the Graduate Coursework?

Date: ALS 6014 will be offered in Fall 2019. ALS 6015 will be offered in Spring 2020.

Time: ALS 6014 is a seven-week course.

Desired Outcomes

Theater Techniques for Enhancing Teaching and Public Speaking

  • Identify theater strategies for enhancing classroom teaching and public speaking in formal and informal settings.
  • Utilize and practice improvisational techniques to think creatively under pressure and to project confidence and respect for diverse perspectives.
  • Apply storytelling techniques to communicate discipline-specific content more effectively and in a more engaging manner.
  • Design and present a short lesson or talk that includes a rationale for how the lesson or talk was constructed around learning outcomes, the theater or public speaking principles applied, and methods for assessing student/audience engagement and learning.
  • Integrate story arcs into presentations and lesson planning.
  • Describe research on the use of theater techniques for enhancing teaching including how using theater techniques works to build more inclusive classes.
  • Demonstrate evidence of reflective practice and learning through a web-based portfolio.

Teaching in Higher Education

  • Distinguish between the purpose, context, and culture of different higher education institutions.
  • Articulate an academic professional identity through a CV, vision statement, and research statement.
  • Construct and articulate a statement of teaching philosophy as a future faculty member in higher education.
  • Analyze and explain theories of learning and instructional design that enhance teaching and student learning in higher education settings.
  • Design a course syllabus and communicate a rationale for the selection of materials, sequencing of course content, design of activities, and methods of assessment.
  • Describe and explain how to incorporate technologies into a specific course design to enhance teaching and learning.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of criteria for assessing the quality of learning and teaching by creating a rubric.
  • Communicate concepts and ideas related to excellence in teaching and learning through discussion (online/F2F), peer feedback, and other presentation formats.
  • Demonstrate evidence of reflective practice and learning through peer feedback, F2F-online communication, and the development of a web-based portfolio.

Registration Process

Graduate students interested in taking either course will register for the course through the normal course registration process.

Contact cornellcti@cornell.edu for questions about this course.