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TeachTalks & Workshops

TeachTalks is a series of faculty-led conversations about teaching at NYU. Participants discuss issues currently impacting student learn­ing and share pedagogical innovations across disciplines. Sessions are interactive and typically incorporate brief presen­ta­tions, small group activities, and whole group discussion. By providing faculty an informal—yet informative—space to talk about teaching, TeachTalks supports the NYU teaching community to improve the student learning experience. To stay informed and to participate, you can subscribe to the TeachTalks community forum.

The Learning Experience Design team also offers pedagogical Workshops on best practices in teaching, student engagement, course design, and more. If you need a custom teaching workshop for your department, sign up for a consultation to discuss your faculty’s needs. Frequently requested workshops have included:

  • Assessing Student Learning
  • Improving Student Writing
  • Motivating Student Learning
  • Online Teaching & Engagement
  • Planning & Designing Your Course (Backward Design)
  • Problem-Based Learning
  • Student Engagement

FALL 2022

Our students are always giving feedback—through their work, their engagement, and of course their voices. Formalizing the various channels by which they offer it can allow us to understand what they have mastered, what they have missed, and how we might assess and adjust our response and our teaching.

From mid-semester focus groups and end of semester evaluations to formative in-class check-ins, feedback in all forms offers engagement opportunities for students and allows us to address our teaching approach.

Our Fall program broaches the conversation around the value of student feedback. Late-term sessions will broaden the discussion to topics of research-based teaching and innovative grading solutions.

Please join us for this semester’s TeachTalks and Workshops as we explore a range of evidence-based feedback practices to enhance teaching and learning in your classroom. Scroll down for video recordings of previous events since February 2020.

TeachTalks and Workshops are currently virtual events, unless otherwise noted.

TeachTalk

Why Wait? Using Real-Time Student Feedback to Improve Your Course

October 6, 2022
11:00 am – 12:00 pm, on Zoom
Facilitators: Trace Jordan (Clinical Professor, CAS) and Susannah Levi (Associate Professor, Steinhardt)

Student feedback on teaching can be a powerful tool, but too often we wait until the end of the semester to collect it. In this TeachTalk, Professors Trace Jordan (CAS) and Susannah Levi (Steinhardt) will share the strategies they use to hear from students throughout the semester, enabling them to respond to that feedback and improve their courses in real time.

TeachTalk

NYU’s Distinguished Teaching Award Winners: Listening to Your Students

October 11, 2022
2:00 pm – 3:15 pm
Location TBD
Panelists: Donna Hallas, Clinical Professor, Rory Meyers College of Nursing; Sonia Marciano, Clinical Professor, Management & Organizations, Leonard N. Stern School of Business; Mark Siegal, Professor, Biology and Genomics, Faculty of Arts and Science; Kenji Yoshino, Professor, School of Law. Moderator: Charlton McIlwain (Vice-Provost for Faculty Engagement & Development)

Each year, NYU’s Distinguished Teaching Award (DTA) honors a select group of faculty for their commitment to teaching excellence at NYU. In this session, recipients of the 2021–2022 DTA will continue the tradition, sharing their insights into connecting with students, learning from feedback, and navigating classroom challenges.Charlton McIIwain, Vice Provost for Faculty Engagement & Development will moderate the panel.

Workshop

Utilizing Student Feedback to Improve Teaching Practice

October 19, 2022
2:00 pm – 3:15 pm, on Zoom
Facilitators: Anandi Nagarajan and De Angela L. Duff (Office of the Provost)

Feedback is essential for learning, and just as essential for teaching. How can instructors obtain and utilize student feedback during, mid-semester, and at the end of the course to make helpful changes/enhancements to their course? Why is student feedback critical in shaping an inclusive, clear, and meaningful learning experience? This workshop will offer instructors - insights into the value of student feedback, ways to elicit this feedback, and strategies to implement the feedback in the design of their teaching practice.

TeachTalk

No Time for Grammar! Best Practices for Teaching & Assessing the Writing of Multilingual Students

October 25, 2022
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm, on Zoom
Facilitators: Natalia Andrievskikh (Clinical Associate Professor, CAS), Jonathan F. Mischkot (Clinical Associate Professor, CAS), and Amira Pierce (Clinical Associate Professor, CAS)

Looking at the latest research on language acquisition, this TeachTalk will explore our multilingual students’ writing challenges. We will consider best practices for working with multilingual students on issues of grammar, syntax, lexicon, and acclimating to American academic conventions. We will also discuss our various approaches to commenting on drafts in an efficient and effective manner to address both micro (grammatical) and macro (rhetorical) concerns.

Workshop

Designing and Implementing Grading Contracts Across Disciplines

November 16, 2022
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm, on Zoom
Panelists: Nate Mickelson, Leah Souffrant, and Gita DasBender (Expository Writing Program, CAS)

In this experimental workshop, participants will explore a variety of contract grading models that promote fair, transparent and inclusive assessment. Through hands-on guided activities, participants will consider how the principles of contract grading can help them more carefully articulate specific course outcomes and motivate the student behaviors and disciplinary habits of mind they value. The workshop is designed to help faculty reduce the emotional labor associated with grading so they can better support students in achieving their personal and academic goals.

TeachTalk

Research-Based Teaching, Teaching-Based Research: The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning at NYU Abu Dhabi

December 7, 2022
10:00 am – 11:00 am, on Zoom
Panelists: Harry Hubbal, University of British Columbia; TBD | Moderator: Nancy Gleason, Hillary Ballon Center for Teaching and Learning, NYU Abu Dhabi

A growing field, the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) places not only the findings, but also the methodologies of educational research into the hands of practicing instructors—of any discipline. In this session, faculty participants in a six-month SoTL program at NYU Abu Dhabi will share what they’ve learned about research-based teaching, as well as the challenges around global education they’re using SoTL to explore.

Past TeachTalks & Workshops

Workshop September 29, 2022

Continuous Feedback from Learning Analytics: Applying Data from the Recent Activity Dashboards

Summary

Are you curious about how your students are engaging with your Brightspace course site and course materials? This session will facilitate a conversation about how to use the Learning Analytics Recent Activity dashboards to develop insights into how students in your course are connecting and communicating with instructors and with course materials. The goal is for instructors to leave with a plan for using the dashboard and making appropriate updates to their course and interventions with students as needed.

Facilitators: Rob Egan (Research & Instructional Technology, NYU IT) and Renee McGarry (Office of the Provost)
Workshop September 28, 2022

Inclusive Teaching: Setting Up All Students for Success

Summary

Inclusive teaching is a topic that is increasingly part of conversations on college campuses and within higher education more broadly. Students have asked for more inclusive classroom environments and instructors are often asked to articulate their own approach to teaching with an inclusive framework. How can instructors create classroom environments that set up all students for success? This session will introduce key ideas in the field of inclusive teaching and strategies for practice.

Facilitators: Emy Cardoza and Angela Adler (Office of Global Inclusion, Diversity and Strategic Innovation)
Workshop April 28, 2022

Peer Classroom Observations: How to Develop a Supportive Process in Your Department

Summary

There are many approaches to peer observation and feedback on teaching, ranging from highly structured processes to the more qualitative and informal. Which approach is best for you or your department depends on the purpose of the observations (formative or evaluative) as well as how you define effective teaching. Attendees will explore these questions as they develop their own peer observation rubrics through group activities.

Anton Borst, Angie Lee
Workshop April 21, 2022

How Do We Know They Know? Formative Assessment in the Classroom

Summary

Assessment serves many purposes–from ensuring benchmarks are reached to creating opportunities to customize learning experiences mid-stream. This workshop will concentrate on formative assessments which are themselves learning opportunities, from low-stakes responses to long term project-based works. Attendees will be introduced to a wide variety of techniques (for online, in person, large and small classes) and leave the session with simple strategies for refining their own assessment process.

Scott Henkle, Courtney Steers
TeachTalk April 14, 2022

Creative Solutions to Global Challenges: Lessons from Teaching Remote at NYU Paris

Summary

The possibility of teaching remotely—whether planned or unplanned—is now a fact of life. From managing live instruction across time zones to teaching place-based classes at a distance, NYU’s global faculty have had to adapt and innovate in ways similar to their New York–based colleagues. But some challenges are unique to our international campuses. Professors Healey and Lebovits will share how they adapted their content and course delivery, and how their students collaborated and even shared their own cultures despite the distance between them.

Catherine Healey (history) and Joachim Lebovits (mathematics); moderated by Alfred Galichon, Director of NYU Paris
Workshop April 5, 2022

The 3Rs of Reflective Teaching: Reflect, Review, Redesign

Summary

How can reflective teaching practices help us navigate these unprecedented times in higher education? Attendees will learn about peer and self-reflection techniques to improve course design and the learning process, while completing a variety of reflection activities. Faculty are encouraged to come prepared with a previously implemented teaching idea that they would like to work on.

Jennifer Lauren, Anton Borst
TeachTalk March 30, 2022

Making Grading Better for Everyone: Contract Grading, Learning, and Inclusion

Summary

Last year, NYU’s Expository Writing Program conducted a pilot of contract grading: the results were exciting. Though skeptics of contract grading cite the potential for lack of rigor and accountability, students didn’t confirm those concerns. Among the pilot’s positive results, most striking was how well it was received by students from underrepresented communities at NYU. In this TeachTalk, EWP faculty will share how contract grading can be used to enhance learning and inclusion in the classroom.

Gita DasBender, Nate Mickelson, and Leah Souffrant (Expository Writing Program, CAS)
Workshop March 24, 2022

Learning via Problem-Solving: A PBL approach

Summary

Problem-based learning (PBL) is a pedagogical approach whereby students engage in collaborative learning and critical thinking processes that are contextualized around solving a real-world problem. Research suggests that PBL activities encourage the development of flexible knowledge, problem-solving, and self-directed learning skills, while also supporting collaborative knowledge construction among learners. In this workshop, participants will learn more about the PBL approach and how to design and implement PBL in their courses.

Anandi Nagarajan, Courtney Steers, Angie Lee
TeachTalk March 10, 2022

What Have We Learned About Engagement During the Pandemic? The Student Perspective

Summary

This past year and a half, faculty and students alike have had occasion to appreciate anew the role of engagement in learning—its challenges, its benefits, how to cultivate it both online and in-person. In this special session of TeachTalks, we’ll hear from a panel of students about what they’ve learned about the importance of connection and communication for engagement this past year: What worked? What didn’t? What practices supported inclusion and belonging?

Workshop March 9, 2022

Design and Data: How Outcomes and Analytics Combine in Your Course

Summary

Are you curious about how your students are using your Brightspace course site? Does your site design help students reach your learning objectives? This session will facilitate a conversation about how to use the Learning Analytics dashboard as a tool to align your learning objectives, course design, and site design.

Renee McGarry, Rob Egan
Workshop March 2, 2022

Inclusive Teaching

Summary

How do we ensure that we are reaching every learner and providing them with a positive, inclusive, accessible, and effective learning experience? This session will facilitate a discussion around inclusive teaching strategies and pedagogical practices for in-person and online learning environments.

Renee McGarry, Jennifer Lauren
Workshop February 23, 2022

The 3Cs of Student Engagement: Connect, Communicate, Collaborate

Summary

Designing an inclusive, supportive, and spirited classroom—where students learn as much from one another as from you—takes careful forethought and a variety of pedagogical strategies. In this workshop, we explore how a framework of connecting, collaborating, and communicating can set the stage for successful and inclusive student engagement.

Courtney Steers, Scott Henkle
TeachTalk February 17, 2022

NYU’s Distinguished Teaching Award Winners: Reflecting on Experience, Part 2

Summary

Each year, the Distinguished Teaching Award (DTA) honors a select group of faculty for their commitment to teaching excellence at NYU. This past fall, recipients from 2019–2020 DTA convened a panel to share the successful classroom strategies they’ve developed over their careers, as well as the challenges they still face. This spring, recipients of the 2020–2021 DTA will continue the conversation, reflecting on their careers, teaching practices, and what they’ve learned about teaching in these extraordinary times.

Chiye Aoki (neural science and biology, CAS), Jennifer Hill (applied statistics and data science, Steinhardt), Amal Shehata (accounting, Stern), Adam Skolnick (medicine, Grossman); moderated by Vice Provost of Academic Affairs Georgina Dopico
Workshop February 8, 2022

Designing Your Course: Preparing to Teach in Any Instructional Mode

Summary

Careful planning of a course takes time, reflection, and analysis. In this workshop, we’ll use the backward design process to help you to identify and select appropriate pedagogical strategies to assess, engage, and instruct students in any teaching modality (in-person, online, and blended).

Angie Lee, Renee McGarry
Workshop November 10, 2021

Peer Classroom Observations: How to Develop a Supportive Process in Your Department

Summary

There are many approaches to peer observation and feedback on teaching, ranging from highly structured processes to the more qualitative and informal. Which approach is best for you or your department depends on the purpose of the observations (formative or evaluative) as well as how you define effective teaching. Explore these questions to develop your own teaching observation process and rubric using the framework provided in this video.

TeachTalk November 4, 2021

The Value of Reflective Teaching: Using Observation Feedback to Support Your Teaching

Summary

Teaching observations can offer rich opportunities for instructors to reflect on—and enhance—their teaching. But giving and receiving teaching feedback can be a daunting process for both parties. Professors Duff and Kleinert share their experience both observing and being observed in the classroom, and explain some of the benefits of formative peer review in teaching.

TeachTalk October 26, 2021

To B or Not to B: Low-Stakes Assessment and “Ungrading”

Summary

Learning requires the space to experiment, apply, and make mistakes. As we continue to better understand the power of active learning and formative assessment, instructors are increasingly rethinking the value of high-stakes testing. Professors Magder and Ma lead a discussion about the value of low-stakes activities for learning, including emerging practices like ungrading.

Workshop October 21, 2021

The 3Rs of Reflective Teaching: Reflect, Review, Redesign

Summary

How can reflective teaching practices help us navigate these unprecedented times in higher education? Attendees learned about peer and self-reflection techniques to improve course design and the learning process, and completed group and independent reflection activities. Faculty are encouraged to view recording with a previously implemented teaching idea in mind that they would like to work on.

TeachTalk October 19, 2021

NYU’s Distinguished Teaching Award Winners: Reflecting on Experience

Summary

Each year, the Distinguished Teaching Award (DTA) honors a select group of faculty for their commitment to teaching excellence at NYU. Moderated by Vice Provost Charlton McIlwain, a panel of three DTA-winners from 2019–2020 discuss some of the successful classroom strategies they’ve developed over their careers, as well as the challenges they continue to tackle.

Workshop October 7, 2021

The 3Cs of Student Engagement: Connect, Communicate, Collaborate

Summary

Designing an inclusive, supportive, and spirited classroom—where students learn as much from one another as from you—takes careful forethought and a variety of pedagogical strategies. In this workshop, we explore how a framework of connecting, collaborating, and communicating can set the stage for successful and inclusive student engagement.

TeachTalk September 28, 2021

Pandemic Pedagogy: Teaching and Learning Through COVID-19

Summary

Connecting learning to issues and events that directly affect students is a powerful teaching tool. Professors Deer, Jordan and Klass dis­cuss Pandemics and Plagues, a co-taught medical humanities course offered in Spring 2021. They review how students analyzed their personal ex­per­i­ences of COVID-19 in a literary, historical and scientific context by considering various narra­tives about previous plagues and pandemics.

TeachTalk April 15, 2021

Teaching Remote in the Performing Arts

Summary

Educators in the performing arts were challenged to teach as never before during the pandemic. Remote learning technology has been central to their efforts, but so too has been the imagination of faculty and students to find new ways to communicate, build community, and demonstrate their art to a virtual audience. In this session, Professors Jonathan Haas (music, Steinhardt) and Kathryn Posin (dance, Gallatin) will share how they’ve adapted to the technology of online teaching, as well as how they’ve adapted that technology to what they teach. Jonathan will demonstrate the media networking technology he uses to synchronize music played simultaneously by students at varied locations. Kathryn will show how her students created unique dance pieces in locations throughout the world, and will engage participants in a live movement exercise. Both will also share how and why they intend to continue to integrate what they’ve learned when they return to in-person teaching.

TeachTalk April 1, 2021

Navigating Current Events in the Classroom

Summary

Current events, whether or not they directly relate to course material, can have a profound effect on our students and on their learning. Knowing what to say amidst the stress of traumatic news, and how to direct fraught conversations so students don’t feel excluded, may feel outside our role as teachers. Creating space for these conversations and guiding them, however, are important strategies for creating learning and inclusion in the classroom. In this session, Maria Brea (Steinhardt) and Chandani Patel (Global Inclusion, Diversity, and Strategic Innovation) will share some of their strategies for holding space for dialog and compassion in the classroom, while also meeting learning goals. In breakout rooms, participants will have the opportunity to discuss their own challenges navigating current events with students.

TeachTalk March 18, 2021

Good Teaching—Whether Online, Off-Line or Somewhere-in-Between

Summary

Since March of last year, being a teacher has been defined by the need to adapt: to new modes of teaching and to new tools, platforms, and techniques. But what has remained the same through it all? What aspects of good teaching transcend format? In this session, Distinguished Teaching Award-winning faculty Elena Cunningham (College of Dentistry) and Selin Kalaycioglu (Courant Institute of Mathematics) will lead a conversation on the evergreen principles of effective teaching. Following brief presentations from the facilitators, participants will join breakout groups to discuss how they’ve remained true to what they value most in teaching, regardless of format.

TeachTalk February 24, 2021

Academic Integrity: Strategies for Pandemic Challenges

Summary

Remote learning has raised new concerns for maintaining academic integrity, and new challenges for promoting trust between instructors and students. Jenni Quilter, Professor of Expository Writing, and Alexej Jerschow, Professor of Chemistry, will consider approaches to supporting academic integrity in both small and large undergraduate classrooms. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss in small breakout groups their own challenges and solutions for maintaining academic integrity. This session will also touch on the new measures the university is taking to educate incoming students about academic integrity.

TeachTalk February 9, 2021

What Have We Learned, How Have We Changed? Lessons from a Survey on Teaching at NYU

Summary

It’s been nearly a year since we pivoted to remote learning in New York, and in that time we’ve navigated a great deal of new teaching and learning terrain. Based on the results of the Fall Teaching Survey from the Provost’s office, we continue to seek new ways to learn and adapt for both ourselves and our students. This session will be led by Clay Shirky, Vice Provost for Educational Technologies, and De Angela Duff, Associate Vice Provost and Tandon Industry Professor, who will share a synopsis of the survey’s findings, as well as their insights in response. Participants will share their own lessons from 2020 in small breakout groups.

TeachTalk October 28, 2020

A TeachTalk on TeachTalks: Building a Teaching Community at Your School or Department

Summary

When NYU shifted to remote learning last spring, there was a clear need for conversation, community and support around the challenges of teaching. Teaching and Learning with Technology (TLT) developed TeachTalks both to help address that need and to provide a model for others. In this TeachTalk, we’ll hear from faculty and administrators who developed TeachTalk-like programs for their faculty, and brainstorm strategies for sparking similar conversations within your own department or school.

Facilitated by Anandi Nagarajan, Emerson Ea, Nancy Gleason, and Edward Kleinert
TeachTalk October 15, 2020

Active Learning Anywhere, Anytime

Summary

Whatever the mode of teaching, engagement is essential to learning. We’ll review some high-impact, low-effort active learning strategies that can be adapted to online as well as socially-distanced in-person classrooms. In small groups, you’ll have a chance to brainstorm ways to incorporate these strategies into your courses.

Facilitated by Regine Gilbert and Karen Ross
TeachTalk September 30, 2020

What If It Doesn’t Work? Navigating Uncertainty in the Online and Blended Classroom

Summary

Navigating the unprecedented classroom situation this fall will require flexibility from faculty and students alike, as well as a willingness to try new things. Adopting new technologies and teaching modalities can feel overwhelming—even in matters beyond our control, we may feel accountable when things don’t work. Join the conversation to explore how a spirit of pedagogical experimentation can result in meaningful learning.

Facilitated by Carolyn Kissane and Nicholas Lanzieri
TeachTalk September 17, 2020

Engaging Students in a Blended Classroom

Summary

All classrooms require creative and inclusive ways to engage students, but the blended classroom presents special challenges in this regard. Together, we’ll explore how a framework of connecting, collaborating, and communicating can set the stage for successful student engagement. Facilitators will also demonstrate how inclusiveness is essential to this “3C” approach.

Facilitated by Anandi Nagarajan
TeachTalk August 5, 2020

Ready Your Class for Research: Partnering with the Libraries on Instruction

Summary

NYU’s Libraries can help you engage your students with research activities and projects. In this session, meet some of NYU’s subject librarians to discuss how collaborative learning can shake up the virtual classroom, and how research instruction can enhance your students’ learning.

Facilitated by Shawn(ta) Smith Cruz, Andrew Battista, Katherine Boss, and Marybeth McCartin
TeachTalk July 23, 2020

Engaging Students Through Project-Based Courses

Summary

How can you create online learning experiences for project-based, experiential, and hands-on learning, while also fostering student engagement? De Angela Duff (integrated digital media) and Jack Bringardner (engineering) of NYU Tandon will share their experiences implementing senior capstone and vertically integrated projects.

TeachTalk July 9, 2020

Digital Storytelling: Telling the Same Stories in New Ways

Summary

How can you communicate what you already know as a subject matter expert through simple, compelling videos? We’ll explore how to create asynchronous, instructional videos that will transform parts of your lecture into engaging digital stories.

Facilitated by Stephanie Geggier and Linda Sormin
TeachTalk June 25, 2020

Remote Learning, NYU Style

Summary

What makes an NYU education uniquely NYU even when teaching remotely? Online as well as in person, NYU faculty bring their breadth of experience and insight, their NYC perspectives, and their global connections to students all over the world. Join us to share your unique strategies for ensuring that your students can still experience the feeling of belonging to the NYU academic community.

Facilitated by Patrick Deer and Danielle Ompad
TeachTalk June 11, 2020

Inclusive Teaching Online: How to Engage Remotely with All of Your Students

Summary

How can we create online learning experiences that are meaningful, relevant, and accessible to all students? This session will focus on strategies for including the unique experiences and needs of each student in your remote classroom, and for making all students feel like they belong.

Facilitated by Chandani Patel
TeachTalk May 28, 2020

To Zoom or Not to Zoom (aka How to Zoom Effectively)

Summary

What do we do with the time slot we’ve been allotted when our class goes remote? In this discussion, we’ll explore strategies for optimizing the synchronous time we spend with students, as well as some of the asynchronous alternative approaches that are effective when teaching remotely.

Facilitated by Ted Magder and Stacen Keating
TeachTalk May 21, 2020

What I Learned from Spring 2020

Summary

After navigating this unprecedented spring semester, what have we learned? What worked, what didn’t, and what lessons can we now apply to the summer, fall, and beyond? Using a framework for reflective teaching, we’ll discuss our most challenging moments as well as the unexpected bright spots we experienced during the sudden transition to remote teaching.

Facilitated by Trace Jordan and Lena Scheen
Workshop March 5, 2020

Academic Integrity: An Opportunity for Teaching and Learning

Summary

Trust and open communication between instructors and students is fundamental to successful learning, and to membership in our community of scholarship at NYU. In this workshop, participants examined some of the underlying reasons why students are tempted to cheat and plagiarize. As instructors discussed the reasons, they also discussed how to better structure assessments, as well as offer guidance and services to students to maintain academic integrity.

Moderated by Trace Jordan
Workshop February 6, 2020

Reaching Every Learner: Perspectives on Inclusive Teaching

Summary

Inclusive teaching places value on creating learning experiences that are meaningful, relevant, and accessible to all students. Learning is also enhanced when students feel like they belong. In this workshop, both instructors and students shared the challenges of creating an inclusive environment and of trying to fit in. Their insight and experiences include ideas for creating meaningful inclusive teaching environments across NYU.

Moderated by Chandani Patel