GET SET Workshops Certificates

Graduate students, future educators, and teaching assistants have the opportunity to earn a GET SET workshop certificate of participation by attending three or more GET SET workshops for a certificate category within a two-year period. In completing a workshop certificate, participants will explore multiple aspects of a key topic in higher education. Additionally, earning a certificate allows participants to document their participation in the series and demonstrate their commitment to teaching excellence and professional development, qualities that are becoming increasingly important in the academic job market. Participants may earn up to eight certificates; one in each certificate category. Contact the Center for more information about certificate specifics and requirements.

Workshop Certificate Categories

  • Assessing Learning & Teaching
  • Course Design
  • Creating an Engaging Classroom
  • Developing a Professional Identity in Teaching
  • Enhancing Teaching with Technology
  • Innovative Approaches in Pedagogy
  • Teaching Research Skills
  • Understanding Undergraduate Learners

Assessing Teaching & Learning

Assessment is the process of discovering what students have learned and measuring the effectiveness of your teaching. As a result of participating in a minimum of three workshops in the Certificate in Assessing Learning & Teaching you will be able to:

  • Outline the steps for creating student learning outcomes.
  • Describe methods of assessing student learning and/or teaching.

Certificate Requirements

Required workshop:

  • Designing Learning Outcomes for Your Course

Plus any two from the following:

  • Utilizing Classroom Assessment Techniques to Evaluate Student Learning
  • Using Student Feedback to Assess and Improve Your Teaching
  • Creating and Using Effective Assessment Instruments
  • Creating and Implementing
  • Designing Student Assessments to Evaluate Yourself as a Teacher
  • Creating and Implementing Assessment Techniques to Evaluate Student Learning
  • Grading Effectively

Course Design

This workshop series provides the foundational tools and strategies necessary to construct a well-developed course. Participants will discuss various ways to align their teaching philosophies, course objectives and outcomes, assessment strategies, and instructional methods, and communicate these in their course syllabi. As a result of participating in a minimum of three workshops in the Certificate in Course Design you will be able to:

  • Describe approaches to designing a course.
  • Review how to evaluate a course.

Certificate Requirements

Any three of the following:

  • What do I Want my Students to Learn? Identifying Learning Objectives as the Basis for Instruction and Assessment
  • Reflective Course Development: Creating a Learning-Centered Syllabus
  • Reflective Course Development: Choosing and Implementing Instructional Methods
  • An Integrated Course Design Approach to Planning Your Class
  • Universal Design for Learning

Creating an Engaging Classroom

Regardless of your course's content, establishing an engaging classroom environment is crucial to the development of student learning. This workshop series examines strategies for creating interaction in the classroom from various pedagogical perspectives. The goal of the series is to provide participants with a variety of concrete tools with which to promote student engagement, facilitate discussion, construct a collaborative learning environment, and deliver effective and engaging lectures and presentations. As a result of participating in a minimum of three workshops in the Certificate in Creating an Engaging Classroom you will be able to:

  • Explore classroom strategies that engage students.
  • Describe how to implement one or two classroom strategies to engage students.

Certificate Requirements

Any three of the following: 

  • Facilitating Interactive Classroom Discussions
  • Designing Classroom Activities that get Students Involved
  • Building a Collaborative Learning Environment
  • Engaging Lectures and Effective Presentations
  • Engaging Students in Quantitative Courses

Developing a Professional Identify in Teaching

Developing a professional identity in teaching is an indispensable part of job-market preparation and serves as a medium through which to explore and articulate your teaching philosophy and practices. This workshop series provides the tools and strategies necessary to develop and communicate your teaching philosophy and professional achievements, and to demonstrate your abilities as an academic leader. As a result of participating in a minimum of three workshops in the Certificate in Developing a Professional Identity in Teaching you will be able to:

  • Describe strategies to develop a professional teaching identity.
  • Explore techniques for communicating a professional teaching identity.

Certificate Requirements

Required workshop: 

  • Developing a Statement of Teaching Philosophy

Either one of the following:

  • Designing an Electronic Teaching Portfolio
  • Establishing Your Online Professional Presence

Plus one workshop from the following:

  • Teaching and Leadership Development: Finding the Leader Within you
  • Future Faculty Roles and Expectations
  • Designing a Teaching Portfolio for an Academic job Search
  • Building Classroom Communication Skills

Enhancing Teaching with Technology

A plethora of technological resources are available to instructors at Cornell, however, choosing technological tools that are appropriate for a particular course or lesson and that add to the learning process can be a challenge. This workshop series will introduce you to a variety of technology resources and explore ways to use them most effectively in teaching. As a result of participating in a minimum of three workshops in the Certificate in Teaching with Technology, you will be able to:

  • Review how technology can be used to enhance learning.
  • Identify tools that can be used to address course needs.

Certificate Requirements

Any three of the following:

  • Technology Tools for Teaching: Using the Google Suite
  • Creating Effective Questions for iClickers and Online Quizzes
  • Approaches to E-learning
  • Electronic Portfolios as a Tool to Enhance Learning and Assessment
  • Getting Started with Online and Blended Course Design
  • How to use Portfolios to Assess Student Work
  • Leading a Discussion in an Online Classroom
  • Course Management Systems: Preparing Students for Active Class Engagement
  • Effective use of Technology in Teaching

Innovative Approaches in Pedagogy

Utilizing innovative pedagogy is a central aspect of successful instruction. This workshop series will introduce you to a variety of approaches to learning, pedagogical philosophies and methodologies, and ways of selecting and employing teaching strategies in diverse contexts. In addition, the workshop series will provide a range of learning-centered activities that can be incorporated into the classroom. As a result of participating in a minimum of three workshops in the Certificate in Innovative Approaches to Pedagogy you will be able to:

  • Discuss teaching approaches.
  • Select teaching approaches to apply to your own teaching.

Certificate Requirements

Any three of the following:

  • Introduction to Experiential Learning: Concepts, Models, Approaches, and Practices
  • Service-Learning in the Disciplines
  • Concept, Inquiry, and Problem-Based Learning Approaches
  • Exploring Teaching Approaches
  • Foundations for Innovation: Classical Teaching Models and the Psychology of Learning
  • How to Get Started: Teaching Models and Approaches
  • Strategies to Incorporate High-Impact Teaching Practices in Your Class
  • Effectively Using “Just-in-Time Teaching”
  • “Flipping the Classroom” as a TA
  • Using a Case-Study Approach to Teaching

Teaching Research Skills

In order for undergraduate students to make the most of research projects, they must be adequately introduced to the research process and acquire the strategies and skills necessary to successfully engage in undergraduate-level research. Focusing on pedagogical practices and course design, this workshop series examines various ways to help students develop research skills and take full advantage of the vast array of resources here at Cornell. It also addresses ways in which you can use your research experience to enhance your teaching. As a result of participating in a minimum of three workshops in the Certificate in Teaching Research Skills in Teaching you will be able to:

  • Explore strategies to teach research skills.
  • Describe techniques to evaluate student research skills.

Certificate Requirements

Any three of the following:

  • Deepening Student Learning through Research Assignments
  • Using Your Research Experience to Improve Your Teaching
  • Using Library Resources to Enhance Students' Research Skills
  • Teaching Scholarly Research Skills to Undergraduates via CUL Tools and Bibliobouts

Understanding Undergraduate Learners

Undergraduate learners have unique needs and abilities. This workshop series will help you better understand your students and develop pedagogical strategies for cultivating a challenging yet supportive learning environment through an exploration of students' learning styles, strategies for effective communication, pedagogical approaches to transformational learning, and ways to cultivate an environment of inclusivity and support. As a result of participating in a minimum of three workshops in the Certificate in Understanding Undergraduate Learners you will be able to:

  • Describe characteristics of undergraduate learners.
  • Identify classroom strategies that accommodate a diversity of students in your classes.

Certificate Requirements

Required workshop:

  • Enhance Your Teaching by Understanding Students' Learning Styles

Plus any two from the following:

  • Listening and Communication Skills for Teaching and Advising
  • Developing Effective Learners, Critical Thinkers, and Problem Solvers in Your Classroom
  • Reaching out to all Your Students: Integrating Culture and Diversity into the Classroom
  • Effectively Dealing with Challenging Classroom Situations
  • What can you do if Your Students are Struggling?
  • Role of TAs in Cultivating an Inclusive Classroom