Carnegie Mellon University

Eberly Center

Teaching Excellence & Educational Innovation

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Course Design Institute

Application due date: Sunday, May 23rd, 2021
Even dates: Monday-Wednesday and Friday, June 7-9 and 11, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM 
Program duration: 4 half-days

The Course Design Institute is a 4-session series of workshops that will guide you through a student-centered approach to (re)designing a course you teach, whether you anticipate teaching in face-to-face, hybrid, or online contexts. Throughout the process, you’ll receive feedback from Eberly Center staff and exchange ideas with a cohort of other instructors. You will leave with designs for a “chunk” of your syllabus, which you can use as a model to develop the rest of your course. Additionally, you will make connections with Eberly staff for further one-on-one consultations if desired. Participants will:

  • Write student-centered and measurable learning objectives and create aligned assessments.
  • Incorporate inclusive teaching principles as they design instructional activities. 
  • Select technological tools that map to teaching and learning needs.
  • Make plans for collecting student data and using it to refine future iterations of the course.

Apply here

Teaching as Research Institute

Event dates: May 24-27, 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Program duration: 4 half-days

Do you want to collect data on student outcomes to inform future teaching and course design? For example, which strategies best support student engagement and learning during discussions, lectures, studios or labs? This 4-session Institute will prepare you to investigate the impact of different strategies in the context of your own course, whether teaching online or in-person, with tangible Eberly Center support. In collaboration with Eberly colleagues, participants will:

  • Identify sources of data to measure baseline student outcomes,
  • Select a teaching intervention to test or a question to address,
  • Design a study to conduct in your course, and
  • Exit with an action plan, including Eberly support from start to finish.

Register here

For more info: see faculty projects

Coming Soon! Signature Eberly Center Programs that tend to recur annually:

Innovative Models for Undergraduate Research (IMUR)

Proposal due date: Fall 2021, TBD
Program start date: TBD
Program duration: 18 months

The Innovative Models for Undergraduate Research (IMUR) Faculty Fellows Program, launched in Fall 2020, is designed to support CMU faculty who want to “think outside the box” about what undergraduate research or creative inquiry could look like in their discipline, particularly how it can scale and how it can better support underrepresented students. Each IMUR Fellow will receive a $4,000 stipend to work with the Eberly Center and Undergraduate Research Office to develop, implement, assess, and refine their model of undergraduate research, with additional funding possible based on the scale of the pilot project. Please note: We are interpreting "undergraduate research" broadly to include anything that gives undergraduates deliberate (if not hands-on) practice developing essential skills for disciplinary research or creative inquiry. All disciplines are encouraged to apply. No prior experience with undergraduate research required.

For more info: see previous request for proposals

CMU Teaching & Learning Summit

Event date/time: October, 2021, TBD

CMU faculty, postdocs, graduate students, and staff participate in an annual event during the fall semester to celebrate and showcase exciting ideas and evidence-based approaches that our colleagues are applying here at CMU and beyond. Join us for an afternoon of highly interactive sessions with colleagues designed to…

  • Foster dialogue, networking, and collaboration on teaching within and across disciplines,
  • Showcase the educational research of CMU instructors and learning scientists, and
  • Disseminate transferable, evidence-based and innovative teaching strategies employed by CMU instructors.

For more info: see previous Summit agenda as well as presentations

Instrumented, Technology-enhanced, Active Learning Classrooms

Proposal due date: TBD, the RPF process is postponed through Spring 2021, given these rooms are being assigned by the Registrar

Program duration: up to one semester of class sessions

The Eberly Center provides two instrumented technology-enhanced, active learning classrooms in the Tepper Quad. These rooms are designed to capture rich data on classroom interactions and behaviors that can be used for (a) formative feedback on your teaching and your students’ learning, (b) exploring the effect of a new technology or pedagogy you wish to incorporate in your course, (c) conducting educational research in a real class setting, and more! Faculty work closely with Eberly colleagues to design and implement their proposed use of an instrumented classroom as well as to collect, interpret, and apply any data collected.  

For more info: see examples of use cases and the classroom request form

Provost’s Inclusive Teaching Fellows

Proposal due date: Spring 2022, TBD
Program start date: TBD
Program duration: 12 months

The Provost’s Inclusive Teaching Fellows program supports the development and implementation of inclusive teaching techniques by CMU faculty. Fellows develop and disseminate transferable approaches to: (1) enhance the diversity of voices or perspectives represented in course designs, and (2) increase students’ sense of belonging in a discipline. Each Fellow receives a $5,000 stipend to work closely with the Eberly Center to iterate on a CMU course they are actively teaching. Fellows also meet one or twice per month as a special interest group to explore research and strategies on inclusive teaching.

For more info: see faculty projects website.

Wimmer Faculty Fellowship for the Development of Teaching

Proposal due date: Spring 2022, TBD
Program start date: TBD
Program duration: 12 months

The Wimmer Faculty Fellows Program is designed to support junior faculty designing or redesigning a course by innovating course materials and/or pedagogical approaches. Each Fellow receives a $3000 fellowship for Academic Year 2021-22 to work in close collaboration with Eberly Center colleagues to design, implement, and assess the impacts of their innovations.

For more info: see faculty projects