GET SET Workshop Schedule

The Center for Teaching Innovation’s GET SET Workshop series offers graduate students, teaching assistants, postdoctoral fellows, and the Future Faculty and Academic Careers community an opportunity to participate in weekly workshops on teaching and learning in higher education. Registration links can be found below the description of each workshop. Please contact Derina Samuel with any questions about the workshops or registration.

Spring 2021 Workshop Schedule

While we are working remotely, our GET SET workshops will be held online and grouped thematically to cover the information and resources typically explored in our institutes. Take each workshop individually, or as a series. Participants who complete an entire institute (all 4 workshops) may request a letter of completion for their portfolio.

Online Learning Institute | Course Design Institute | Teaching Portfolio Institute


Online Learning Institute

Are you looking for strategies to assess your students' learning while also building an inclusive, engaging virtual classroom? The Online Learning Institute allows educators to become more familiar with the ways their students learn in order to can facilitate and support learning in an online setting. Through this four-part institute, participants will demonstrate an understanding of instructional design principles and educational integration across learning modalities. Participants will become familiar with a range of learning theories and discipline-specific educational research on how students learn, which in turn will allow participants to facilitate and support their students' learning. Over the course of this institute, participants will develop an action plan for an online course. At the fourth session, participants will give a short presentation on this plan and engage in a brief micro-teaching session to gain insight on running an activity in an online class. Individuals who complete all four workshops in the Online Learning Institute and finish a Learning Artifact will earn a letter documenting completion of the Online Learning Institute from CTI.

All workshops for this institute will take place from 1:00 – 2:15 pm

Engaging Students Online (Part 1 of the Online Learning Institute)

  • Date: Thursday February 25, 2021
  • How do you ensure your students are focused on their learning in your online classes? This workshop will explore a variety of active learning strategies and how to implement them to support your students' learning experiences.

Selecting Online Learning Tools (Part 2 of the Online Learning Institute)

  • Date: Thursday March 4, 2021
  • With so many new tools available for online classes, it is hard to decide which ones to select. Participants will explore and experience a variety of tools currently available, in order to develop a strong learning community.

Building an Inclusive Online Space (Part 3 of the Online Learning Institute)

  • Date: Thursday March 11, 2021
  • Fostering a sense of community, especially in an online class, is essential to achieving successful learning outcomes. Drawing on shared experiences, this session will allow participants to discuss strategies to create welcoming course experiences.

Peer Review Session (Part 4 of the Online Learning Institute)

  • Date: Thursday March 18, 2021
  • This workshop is for those who have completed the earlier workshops and would like a letter to document their participation in the Institute. This capstone experience will focus on sharing best practices for online learning and going through the steps of designing an online class.

Course Design Institute

Do you need guidance on designing a course for the first time? Or are you in the process of redesigning your course? Our Course Design Institute takes a holistic approach to familiarize the Cornell teaching community with the principles of course design. In this four-part institute, participants will learn how to effectively develop learning outcomes, design effective classroom assessment techniques, and create learning activities that promote active learning among students. Individuals who complete all four workshops under the Course Design Institute and create a draft syllabus will earn a letter documenting completion of the Course Design Institute from CTI.

Prior to the Institute, please consider a course for which you would like to design a draft syllabus.

All workshops for this institute will take place from 2:00 – 3:15 pm

Developing Learning Outcomes (Part 1 of the Course Design Institute)

  • Date: Wednesday March 3, 2021
  • Interested in developing a course? Creating learning outcomes and aligning these with assignments and assessments is an effective place to start. This workshop introduces key steps for designing learning outcomes.

Assessing Student Learning (Part 2 of the Course Design Institute)

  • Date: Wednesday March 17, 2021
  • How do we know how much our students are learning? Developing tests, assignments, and projects can be challenging. This workshop guides participants through the process of developing tools that measure and assess student learning.

Designing Learning Activities (Part 3 of the Course Design Institute)

  • Date: Wednesday March 24, 2021
  • How can you involve students more fully in classroom activities that support your course's learning outcomes? This workshop addresses ways in which instructors can construct classroom activities that encourage active engagement with course content and promote in-class participation among students.

Peer Review Session (Part 4 of the Course Design Institute)

  • Date: Wednesday March 31, 2021
  • This workshop is for those who have completed the earlier workshops and would like a letter to document their participation in the Institute. This capstone experience is an opportunity for you to draft a syllabus for a course in your field and get peer feedback.

Teaching Portfolio Institute

Are you a graduate student wondering how to document and showcase your teaching and professional experiences? CTI's Teaching Portfolio Institute allows graduate students to document, synthesize, and refelct on their development as an educator. This institute's four-part workshop series will focus on: creating and sustaning inclusive environments for learning, communicating a sense of instructor presence in the classrom, and preparing you to teach effectively in the Cornell context. Throughout these workshops, you will have an opportunity to draft a teaching philosophy statement and examine the following key components of a professional teaching portfolio: CV, syllabus, diversity statement, and evidence of teaching effectiveness. Individuals who complete all four workshops under the Teaching Portfolio Institute and finish a Learning Artifact will earn a letter documenting completion of the Teaching Portfolio Institute from CTI.

All workshops for this institute will take place from 11:00 am to 12:15 pm

Teaching Philosophy (Part 1 of the Teaching Portfolio Institute)

  • Date: Tuesday March 16, 2021
  • This workshop will focus on core components of a teaching philosophy statement and provide an opportunity to draft an outline of your statement using a worksheet. If you already have a draft, this is an opportunity to get peer feedback.

Diversity Statement (Part 2 of the Teaching Portfolio Institute)

  • Date: Tuesday March 23, 2021
  • What is a diversity statement? A growing number of institutions now require it as another component of the application package. This session provides participants an opportunity to explore what goes into a diversity statement and how to best showcase their past experiences or seek out experiences to strengthen their application materials.

Structuring a Teaching Portfolio (Part 3 of the Teaching Portfolio Institute)

  • Date: Tuesday March 30, 2021
  • Are you interested in documenting your teaching experiences for the academic job market? The process of developing your teaching portfolio allows you to reflect on your teaching practices and how they represent your role as an instructor. This workshop will address the fundamentals of a teaching portfolio, share various formats used and an opportunity to discuss examples.

Peer Review Session (Part 4 of the Teaching Portfolio Institute)

  • Date: Tuesday April 6, 2021
  • This workshop is for those who have completed the earlier workshops and would like a letter to document their participation in the Teaching Portfolio Institute. This capstone experience is an opportunity for participants to get peer feedback on the drafts of their portfolio components.