Programs and Special Events

Faculty attending session regarding Disrespect and Disruption in the ClassroomWhether it's sharing teaching strategies or providing training on the latest learning technology, the Center for Teaching and Learning's (CTL) interactive programs and special events support faculty in providing effective and innovative learning experiences.

Programs
  • Workshops. These interactive workshops are designed to let you collaboratively explore and share practical, evidence-based best practices on pedagogical themes, and to gain new insight as you are equipped and inspired to try new things in the classroom. We are also happy to create a custom workshop based on the needs of specific departments. 
  • CTL Book Club. CTL's book club offers an opportunity to meet with a diverse group of faculty, postdocs, and graduate students each semester to discuss two books that focus on issues related to teaching and learning in higher education. A lively and relaxed setting combined with light refreshments provides an ideal setting in which to share teaching experiences and to gather new teaching ideas. 
  • Tech Teaching Talk. Several times during the fall semester, faculty and postdocs are invited to join CTL for conversations on teaching-related themes, sharing ideas, challenges, resources, and solutions with colleagues from across campus. The atmosphere is collegial and casual, with an emphasis on developing concrete strategies to implement into your teaching right away.
  • Course Design Studio. This program provides a structured opportunity for faculty instructors to design or redesign a course with expert guidance from CTL consultants and input from colleagues across campus. During four three-hour sessions, you will engage in activities aimed at facilitating the development of your course, while receiving support that is grounded in evidence-based best practices for course design.
  • Teaching Fellows and Faculty Learning Communities. CTL offers several opportunities for faculty to participate in learning communities. These cohorts bring together a multidisciplinary group of faculty who are interested in exploring the challenges of teaching and in finding ways to improve student learning at Georgia Tech. There are three cohort based Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs), alongside a slate of faculty-driven theme-based FLCs. Each spring, faculty have the opportunity to propose themes for faculty learning communities, and CTL funds the selected slate to support projects and initiatives across campus. In March, participants are invited to share the results of their efforts at Celebrating Teaching Day.
  • Fall and Spring Teaching Kickoff. These events are held before the beginning of fall and spring semesters. The day-long kickoff events feature teaching and learning workshops, just-in-time course/syllabus design support, and educational technology training. 
Special Events
  • Orientations. CTL consultants lend their expertise to a number of instructional orientations across campus, including Georgia Tech's New Faculty Orientation and GT 1000 instructor training. Please email ctlhelp@gatech.edu to inquire about coordinating with CTL for your orientation event. 
  • Celebrating Teaching Day. Every spring, CTL hosts Celebrating Teaching Day as a time for faculty to gather together to showcase teaching accomplishments, pedagogical research, and education initiatives from the past year. It's an opportunity for instructors from across campus to reflect on practices and strategies that enhance student learning, and to celebrate Georgia Tech educational efforts. The event typically includes a luncheon, a guest speaker, a brief program honoring teaching excellence, and a poster display session where members of the learning communities, the Brittain Fellows, and other campus constituents highlight ongoing projects, initiatives, and research they have engaged in during the year.
  • Georgia Tech Retreat Exploring Effective Teaching (GTREET). This is a biennial event that brings faculty together to explore innovative ways to improve student learning. For example, the 2015 day-long event featured sessions focusing on the processes involved with becoming critically reflective about teaching, as well as a luncheon.