Carnegie Mellon University

Eberly Center

Teaching Excellence & Educational Innovation

CMU's 5th Teaching and Learning Summit

Do you want to:

  • ...explore new strategies and technologies?
  • ...build on new discoveries and lessons learned with colleagues?
  • ...learn about the latest research on how students learn best?
  • ...find out how the Eberly Center can support your teaching?

The 5th Teaching & Learning Summit will be 100% virtual. It will be highly interactive, and you will have a chance to join together with colleagues across CMU to hear about new instructional strategies and technologies, to learn about educational research by CMU instructors and learning scientists, and to share ideas and experiences.

Register for the Summit

Registering will give you access to the Summit Canvas site, where you will be able to find presenter materials, asynchronous ways to engage, and links to each virtual session.

2021 Agenda:

Note: All times are ET. All sessions are “drop in”: you can pick and choose which ones you wish to attend. 

Day One

9:00-10:30am



Lightning Roundtables (Session A) : Innovative approaches to teaching and learning

Open remarks by Amy Burkert, Vice Provost for Education

 These sessions showcase the interesting things instructors do in their courses, whether it be an awesome assignment, a fun, in-class activity, or a creative use for an educational technology tool -- things that other instructors could potentially adapt for their context. In breakout room “roundtables,” presenters will briefly present their work and then participants will have the chance to ask questions about implementation details. Participants typically visit 5-6 roundtables during each session.

Lightning Roundtable Abstracts

15 min break

10:45-11:45am

Community Dialogue hosted by the Eberly Center: “What can we carry forward after 2020?”

The Fall semester represents a major transition towards “the new normal” in terms of possible classroom formats, instructional strategies, and opportunities for student interaction. This interaction session is meant to provide a generative space for concrete strategies as we navigate current teaching and learning challenges. We will discuss questions such as: How have we assessed student learning better and how can we continue to do better? What active learning strategies were particularly effective in remote environments and how can they be adapted for different modalities? How did we encourage community engagement and how can we continue to support both student and instructor well-being? In what other areas can we continue to iterate and do even better? Participants will be in interdisciplinary groups in breakout rooms for the first half of the session, collaborating on a shared Google Doc, followed by a structured debrief. Takeaways and concrete strategies will be compiled and shared afterward on our website.

75 min lunch break

1:00-2:30pm

Supporting Ourselves and Our Students: Navigating Mental Health in the Classroom (a CaPS + Eberly collaboration)

Remarks by Shane Chaplin, Executive Director of Counseling & Psychological Services

How can you attend to students’ mental health crises while maintaining your own well-being and boundaries? What are students’ top concerns that impact their learning in the classroom? How can you design and teach courses in a way that inherently supports student well-being? In this  experiential session, jointly facilitated by Counseling and Psychological Services (CaPS) and the Eberly Center, participants will reflect on and generate actionable strategies for supporting both themselves and their students in navigating mental health concerns, while establishing and maintaining boundaries for self.

Note: This session will count towards the Future Faculty Program. Attendance for graduate students and postdocs will be tracked and entered into Grad App after the Summit. Registration through Grad App is not required, but you must be registered for the Summit to access the materials and Zoom link. Register today!

Day Two

9:00-10:30am

Lightning Roundtables (Session B) : Innovative approaches to teaching and learning 

Opening remarks by Marsha Lovett, Director of the Eberly Center and Co-coordinator of the Simon Initiative

These sessions showcase the interesting things instructors do in their courses, whether it be an awesome assignment, a fun, in-class activity, or a creative use for an educational technology tool -- things that other instructors could potentially adapt for their context. In breakout room “roundtables,” presenters will briefly present their work and then participants will have the chance to ask questions about implementation details. Participants typically visit 5-6 roundtables during each session.

Lightning Roundtable Abstracts

15 min break

10:45-11:45am

Poster Session

This virtual poster session features a variety of ways that CMU faculty, grad students, and staff have advanced teaching and learning methods in the past year. Projects involve the collection of data on student learning outcomes, innovative uses of instructional technology, and/or creative approaches to synchronous and asynchronous activities. Participants will have a chance to interact with presenters directly, as well as contribute to ongoing discussions in Google Docs. Presenters will create a short video to give an overview of their poster for participants to watch in advance of, during, or after the synchronous session.

Poster abstracts

75 min lunch break

1:00-2:30pm

Spotlight on Graduate Teaching

Remarks by Jen Gilbride-Brown, Assistant Vice Provost for Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs

This session features a panel of outstanding CMU graduate students who have developed or used innovative methods, technologies, or programs in their teaching. Come hear about their experiences with programs and awards such as the Graduate Teaching Award, Future Faculty Program, and the Graduate Teaching Fellows Program. Attendees will hear panelists answer a curated set of questions, have the chance to ask the panelists additional questions in the full group, and then move to breakout rooms to talk more with each panelist individually.

Graduate Panelist Bios

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Do you have questions about the virtual Summit?
E-mail Jacqui Stimson, Senior Teaching Consultant

Want to see examples from previous Teaching & Learning Summits?