The CFA regularly offers teaching workshops on best practices in teaching, student engagement, course design, and more.

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
  • Digital Storytelling
  • Discussion-Based Teaching
  • Improving Student Writing
  • Motivating Student Learning
  • Online Teaching and Engagement 
  • Planning and Designing Your Course (Backward Design)
  • Problem-Based Learning
  • Student Engagement

SPRING 2022

For 2021–2022, the CFA’s teaching and learning programs are focusing on the theme of Adapting to Change, Reflecting on Practice.

Reflection—on our students, on ourselves, and on the world outside the classroom—is key to effective and inclusive teaching. Reflection can increase our self-awareness and help us assess and reassess how we’re connecting with students and connecting students to course material. 

Through this year’s pedagogy workshops and TeachTalks, the CFA’s educational designers and instructional consultants will explore a range of evidence-based reflective practices to enhance teaching and learning in your classroom. Please join us!

Workshops currently are virtual events. All sessions are recorded and posted to this page.


Designing Your Course: Preparing to Teach in Any Instructional Mode

Tuesday, February 8, 2022
11:00 am–noon, on Zoom

Angie Lee, Renee McGarry

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).


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

Wednesday, February 23, 2022
2:00–3:00 pm, on Zoom

Courtney Steers, Scott Henkle

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.


Inclusive Teaching

Wednesday, March 2, 2022
11:00 am–noon, on Zoom

Renee McGarry, Jennifer Lauren

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.


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

Wednesday, March 9, 2022
11:00 am–noon, on Zoom

Renee McGarry, Rob Egan

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.


Learning via Problem-Solving: A PBL approach

Thursday, March 24, 2022
2:00–3:00 pm, on Zoom

Anandi Nagarajan, Courtney Steers, Angie Lee

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.


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

Tuesday, April 5, 2022
11:00 am–noon, on Zoom

Jennifer Lauren, Anton Borst

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.


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

Thursday, April 21, 2022
2:00–3:00 pm, on Zoom

Scott Henkle, Courtney Steers

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.


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

Thursday, April 28, 2022
11:00 am–noon, on Zoom

Anton Borst, Angie Lee

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.

Past Workshops

February 6, 2020

Reaching Every Learner: Perspectives on Inclusive Teaching

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

March 5, 2020

Academic Integrity: An Opportunity for Teaching and Learning

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

October 7, 2021

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

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.

October 21, 2021

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

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.

November 10, 2021

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

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.