Big Red Teaching Days

What is Big Red Teaching Days?

Big Red Teaching Days is a week-long program that provides faculty a collegial opportunity to informally observe and learn about how their peers approach teaching and learning across a range of courses and learning environments. 

Faculty can participate by hosting, which means voluntarily opening their classroom to a colleague or two, and by visiting peers’ classrooms. The goals of Big Red Teaching Days are a deepening of conversations about good teaching across our community and an opportunity to experience the innovation that occurs in classrooms at Cornell.

Registration and Deadlines

Week-long event:  Check back in Fall 2024.

Host registration: Open your classroom to other instructors. Check back in Fall 2024 for registration dates.

Guest registration: Register to attend a colleague's class. Check back in Fall 2024 for registration dates. 

Who Can Participate

Tenure-track and tenured faculty, as well as Senior Lecturers and Lecturers, will be invited to open their classrooms to their peers.

All Cornell faculty and instructors may sign up to visit their peers’ open classrooms.

How Does it Work

For host faculty opening their classrooms:

  • complete the sign-up form (provided via email)
  • you will receive a list of visitors
  • teach your classes as usual

For faculty visiting classrooms:

  • sign-up for open classes (we will provide a form via email) – availability is first-come, first-served 
  • receive a confirmation listing the classes you registered to attend
  • visit the classes on your list

Additional Information

  • There is no need for special preparation to open classes or visit registered classes. 
  • Faculty opening their classrooms determine how many faculty guests they would like to welcome.
  • Faculty may visit classrooms that are similar or different from their own or experience a teaching strategy they may consider adopting.
  • The goal of Big Red Teaching Days is not peer review or peer evaluation; the goal is to spark informal conversations about teaching and provide opportunities to visit peers’ classrooms and observe a range of teaching styles.