Workshops and Other Opportunities

Explore topics and imagine how to apply them in the context of your teaching. Contact us by telephone, email, or drop in to the Center for more information. 

Let’s Get Real: Conversations about Diversity and Teaching

Offered each semester on the Friday during reading period.

Next: Friday, December 6, 2019, 11:15-1:15 pm; and May 15, 2020, 12:00-2:00 pm.

Through a facilitated dialogue, reflect on group dynamics in teaching and learning. How do our own and students’ social identities and lived experiences come into play in the learning environment? How do our cultural world views and personal experiences shape what we notice and fail to notice? These workshops focus on self-reflection, knowledge-building, and preparing for teaching at Cornell. Specific topics change each semester.

Facilitated by Melina Ivanchikova, associate director of inclusive teaching, Center for Teaching Innovation and Marta Guzmán, psychologist, Faculty and Staff Assistance Program.

Learning outcomes 

After this workshop you will be able to:

  • Use active listening and purposeful sending as a communication strategy for increased understanding, reflection, and self-discovery
  • Discuss implicit bias, imposter syndrome, and power dynamics in relation to social identities and lived experiences
  • Explore the relationship between shame, vulnerability, empathy, and resilience

Register for Let's Get Real here.

Teaching and Learning Reading Group

What does research tell us about which teaching practices work best for student learning? How do people conduct education research? Please join us for bi-weekly discussions about teaching and education research throughout the school-year. Our reading group is open to faculty, staff and grad students. Feel free to join in at any point during the semester. Email Carolyn Aslan ( to receive the week’s reading and join the e-list.

We usually discuss one article or book chapter each session, and we will be reading a broad range of research related to teaching practices in different disciplines and for different types of courses. We welcome suggestions for readings. Past topics have included:

  • Active learning strategies
  • Collaborative learning
  • Problem-based learning
  • Gendered behaviors and gender differences in classrooms
  • Teaching as brain changing
  • Exams – free response vs. multiple choice
  • Using computer simulations
  • Measuring equality in student participation in class discussions

Teaching & Learning in the Diverse Classroom

Teaching & Learning in the Diverse Classroom is a four-week, self-paced online course for anyone with teaching responsibilities at Cornell, at any level of diversity expertise. Modules explore strategies for inclusive course design, social identity and self-reflection, and pedagogical practices that effectively support student engagement and belongingness across difference.

Cornell Online Learning Community

The Cornell Online Learning Community helps bring blended and online learning colleagues together to share and learn about designing and delivering online courses, increasing awareness, and sharing knowledge and resources.

Cornell Teaching Partnership Program

The Cornell Teaching Partnership Program (CTPP) pairs a new faculty member with a tenured faculty member to meet periodically throughout the year to engage in conversations about teaching, participate in classroom observations, and foster a more stimulating and satisfying teaching experience.