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Fall 2017 Teaching Development Programs

The NYU Center for the Advancement of Teaching is pleased to announce its teaching development programming for Fall 2017. These programs are offered at no cost to full- and part-time NYU faculty as well as graduate students. Refreshments will be provided at all programs. Space is limited and registration is required; registration information is included below.

In addition to a variety of lunch programs and intensive workshops, CAT offers the Teaching at the Tap Room series. The Tap Room talks offer a chance for faculty to come together to discuss pedagogical issues with experts and peers alike, while enjoying drinks and refreshments in an informal and relaxed setting.


Teaching at the Tap Room - Teaching Across Race, Culture, and Identity: Mastering a Minefield

  • Wednesday, October 18, 2017
  • 5:00-6:30 p.m.
  • NYU Torch Club
  • 18 Waverly Place

FEATURING: Robert Hawkins, Silver School of Social Work

Professor Hawkins, an NYU Distinguished Teaching Award winner, will discuss the challenges of keeping it real when teaching about issues related to diversity, racism, oppression, and privilege to a mixed marginalized audience.


What Makes a Great Teacher? A Discussion with 2016-2017 Distinguished Teaching Awardees

  • Thursday, October 19, 2017
  • 12:30-2:00 p.m. (Lunch will be offered beginning at 12:15 p.m.)
  • Kimmel Center for University Life
  • Room 914 (60 Washington Square South)

FEATURING: Elena Cunningham, College of Dentistry; Gregory Erickson, Gallatin School of Individualized Study; John Gershman, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service; John Halpin, Faculty of Arts and Science; Heidi White, Liberal Studies; and David Dent, Faculty of Arts and Science, Moderator

NYU's highest teaching honor, the Distinguished Teaching Award, is given annually to faculty members who have distinguished themselves in educating students in and out of the classroom. CAT is pleased to present winners of the DTA award in a panel discussion on their experiences teaching NYU students.


Academic Writing Workshop

FEATURING: Anton Borst and Robert DiYanni, Center for the Advancement of Teaching

What is academic writing and how can we improve our ability to write effectively for academic purposes? Those are the central questions we will explore during this interactive workshop. We will work with two examples of academic writing—one an abstract for an article in a professional journal, the other a seminar description. We will analyze each document with an eye to improving it through revision. Participants will come away with some practical suggestions for editing and revising their own academic writing.


Competing with Distraction: Teaching vs. Student Devices

FEATURING: Clay Shirky, Vice Provost for Educational Technologies

We know how powerfully alluring tablets and smartphones are, and how attached students are to their electronic devices. However, a decade's worth of studies on device use creates a clear consensus: there is no such thing as 'multi-tasking', students who use these devices are worse off than students who don't, and the effects are so profound that even being near someone who is multi-tasking also creates cognitive distractions.

Since there is no good way to split student attention between the classroom and the screen, what strategies can educators use to help students focus on the classroom while they are in it?


Critical Reading Workshop

FEATURING: Anton Borst and Robert DiYanni, Center for the Advancement of Teaching

Critical reading is crucial for learning and its importance is generally acknowledged. Yet what critical reading is, how skilled readers do it, and how critical reading can be taught effectively remain open questions—questions teachers need to address if they are to clarify and demystify the practice for students. In this workshop we will discuss various ways to teach critical reading across the academic disciplines, focusing on techniques and activities that guide students through analytical and interpretive reading in the humanities and beyond.


Teaching at the Tap Room - Peer-Flipped Technology Social Engagement (Peer-FTS)

  • Wednesday, November 8, 2017
  • 5:00-6:30 p.m.
  • NYU Torch Club
  • 18 Waverly Place

FEATURING: Jin Montclare, Tandon School of Engineering, College of Arts and Science

This discussion will focus on Dr. Montclare’s teaching strategies, which highlight student motivation, incorporate devices as learning tools, and combat competing social media distractions, to engage students in the classroom. She will provide her evolving classroom teaching approach and objective to engage students directly and have them interact with their peers. Strategies, including flipped classroom models, problem-based learning, peer lessons, and evaluations, will be discussed.


Global Campus Diversity in an Era of Contention

  • Thursday, November 9, 2017
  • 12:30-2:00 p.m. (Lunch will be offered beginning at 12:15 p.m.)
  • Kimmel Center for University Life
  • Room 914 (60 Washington Square South) 

FEATURING: David Dent, Faculty of Arts and Science; and a panel of students

A diverse panel of NYU students will offer their perspectives on global diversity in the current political and cultural climates. The discussion, moderated by Journalism and Cultural Analysis Professor David Dent, will tackle the issues of immigration, free speech, and cultural and ideological tolerance in the classroom and student life.


Motivating Student Learning Workshop

FEATURING: Anton Borst and Robert DiYanni, Center for the Advancement of Teaching

Motivating students, inspiring them to learn, is among the first and most important challenges we face as teachers. Research suggests that highly motivated students not only earn better grades, but also develop deeper understanding of concepts along with longer lasting learning. This interactive workshop will explore strategies for encouraging, developing, and sustaining students’ motivation to learn. Participants will come away with useful applications for classroom practice.


Problem Solving Workshop

  • Friday, December 1, 2017
  • 9:30-11:30 a.m. (Breakfast will be offered beginning at 9:00 a.m.)
  • Kimmel Center for University Life
  • Room  802 (60 Washington Square South)

FEATURING: Anton Borst and Robert DiYanni, Center for the Advancement of Teaching

One of the most important things students can learn is how to identify and solve problems effectively. Problem-based teaching provides one approach to engage students in learning strategies to help them become more confident and successful problem solvers. In this workshop we will explore some approaches to problem-based teaching and learning, such as implementing design thinking; developing lab, studio, and workshop habits of mind; and considering the skills and dispositions necessary for developing students’ problem solving capacities.


Online Assessment Strategies: Building on Opportunities and Addressing Constraints Workshop

FEATURING: Paula Torres, Team Lead, Senior Educational Design Technologist, TLT; and Courtney Steers, Educational Design Technologist

This interactive workshop will provide an overview of online assessment strategies. The discussion will focus on capitalizing on online capabilities, as well as ways to address challenges and limitations. It will also include demos of tools and strategies that support assessment at NYU. Participants will have ample opportunity to engage in discussion of online assessments and related strategies as they apply to their own courses.


SPECIAL EVENT: Tech-Enhanced Education Event - Fall 2017

From Islands to Archipelago: Discovering Connections Across Faculty Experiences with Educational Technology  

  • Thursday, November 2, 2017
  • 11:30am - 4:00pm EDT
  • Kimmel Center
  • 4th floor, Eisner Lubin Auditorium

Please join us for the fall 2017 NYU Technology Enhanced Education event, which will take place on Thursday, November 2, 11:30am–4:00pm in the Eisner Lubin Auditorium (4th floor, Kimmel Center). The title of this event is “From Islands to Archipelago: Discovering Connections across Faculty Experiences with Educational Technology.” NYU faculty and instructional technologists will be on hand to discuss successes and challenges in using technology for teaching, learning, and research. Learn More...