The Center for Engaged Learning and Teaching (CELT) provides varied resources and programming to graduate students and postdocs who are or will be teaching. All programming and resources listed below are open to teaching grad students and post docs. For graduate specific information please visit the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies web site.
CELT, in partnership with the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (OGPS) offer a day-long teaching workshop in mid-May for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who have or anticipate having a teaching assignment. The workshop will offer both large format discussions as well as smaller, breakout sessions. Workshop topics typically include classroom management and setting boundaries, leading discussions, collaborative/group work, grading, and active learning.
If you have any questions about Ready, Prep, Teach please email Toni Weiss.
Past Ready, Prep, Teach Workshop 2018:
Date: May 15
Location: Stibbs 202, LBC
Schedule: Coming soon!
Past Ready, Prep, Teach Workshops:
CELT Brown Bag Workshops are held frequently throughout the semester on a variety of topics of interest graduate students and postdocs with teaching positions, or interested in teaching. Essentially informal conversations, these workshops are led by a member of the Tulane community on a topic of their choice. This is an opportunity for faculty at all ranks, from, adjunct to full professor, as well as graduate students, postdocs, and staff who are interested to meet and talk about teaching and showcase the innovative work they’re doing in their classes, with the aim of improving the classroom experience for students. Major Brown Bag themes include pedagogy, mentorship, diversity, technology, faculty wellness, and HR topics. The Brown Bag Workshops are among CELT’s most popular and well-attended programs.
Please click here to see the full list of upcoming Spring 2019 Brown Bags.
Please click here for videos and notes from previous Brown Bag Workshops.
The CELT Faculty Book Club provides 10 educators, from across departments and schools, the opportunity to read and discuss books on a variety of pedagogy and learning theory topics. Conversations range from the macro level, how to improve the academy, to more micro topics relating to each participant’s individual class. Most importantly, the book club creates a structure in which participants can talk about teaching in a supportive environment around a common theme. The book club meets twice per semester, usually on campus, and CELT pays for the books, food, and refreshments. Please email Ariel McFarland to sign up.
Spring 2019 Book Club:
The New Science of Learning: How to Learn in Harmony With Your Brain
By: Terry Doyle and Todd Zakrajsek
Learning to learn is the key skill for tomorrow. This breakthrough book builds the foundation every student needs, from freshman orientation to graduate school. Recent advances in brain science show that most students’ learning strategies are highly inefficient, ineffective or just plain wrong. While all learning requires effort, better learning does not require more effort, but rather effectively aligning how the brain naturally learns with the demands of your studies. This book shows you what is involved in learning new material, how the human brain processes new information, and what it takes for that information to stick with you even after the test.
Taking a small amount of time to read and act upon the material in this book will prove to be one of the best decisions you can make as a learner. What you discover will change the way you learn in college and will be helpful in your personal and professional life. You live in a world where you will have to be a lifelong learner, constantly updating your skills and changing jobs to compete in the global marketplace. Most college students today will have as many as 10-14 different jobs by age 38. Learning how to learn in harmony with your brain is crucial to your long-term success.
This succinct book explains straightforward strategies for changing how you prepare to learn, engage with your course material, and set about improving recall of newly learned material whenever you need it. This is not another book about study skills and time management strategies, but instead an easy-to-read description of the research about how the human brain learns in a way that you can put into practice right away.
Did you know neuroscientists have shown that memories are made while you sleep, and by studying right before sleeping you can make stronger memories for your information? In this book the authors explain the role that sleep, exercise and your senses play in learning; how memory works and what makes the brain pay attention; the importance of your mindset towards learning and pattern recognition; as well as new breakthroughs in brain science that can enhance your ability to learn new information and make later recall (for tests or everyday life) easier.
This book will put you on the path to reaching your full learning potential.
Tuesday, Feb. 12
5:00 - 7:00 pm
114 Newcomb Hall Faculty Lounge
Tuesday, Mar. 19
5:00 - 7:00 pm
114 Newcomb Hall Faculty Lounge
At the end of each semester CELT hosts Grading Breaks to reward anyone with a teaching position for all your hard work. Past events have featured crepes and gelletes from Crepes Rendezvous, wine or champagne, and massage chairs. They are a great way to socialize, eat, and relax during the often stressful grading period at the end of the semester.
Spring 2019 Faculty Grading Break:
Monday, May 12
Cudd Hall Lobby
CELT is proud to offer Tulane’s faculty the opportunity to learn from experts outside of the Tulane. If you would like CELT to bring a specific guest lecturer onto campus please email CELT.
Spring 2019 Guest Lecturers:
Karen A. Myers, Ph.D., Program Director; Professor Higher Education Administration; Director, The Ability Institute , Saint Louis University, School of Education
Wednesday, February 6th, 2019
12:00 - 1:15 pm
The Center for Engaged Learning and Teaching (CELT) is committed to supporting all Tulane graduate students and postdocs with a teaching position. In partnership with other University offices, we assist in providing the services and guides listed below. These are subject to change to reflect the needs and desires of Tulane’s faculty. Please email email@example.com if you would like to recommend a guide.
Peer Observations are a completely no-stakes, 100% confidential way to improve and enhance your teaching through constructive, formative feedback. It is the process through which a peer provides thoughtful, informed feedback to a colleague for the purpose of enhancing the quality of that individual’s (classroom) instruction.
Peer Observations consist of a pre-observation meeting, a classroom observation, a conversation between your students and the Peer Observer (PO) during the last ten minutes of the class, and a post-observation meeting. After the final meeting, the PO will delete all information from his or her computer. Further, neither CELT nor anyone else will be privy to the conversations regarding the process.
Additionally, you are never paired with a PO from your department and we attempt to pair you with someone outside of your school, thus the content of the class a non-issue.
Q: Who can participate in Peer Observations?
A: Anyone who is teaching a course at Tulane University is invited to participate, including faculty, staff, postdocs, and graduate students. However, as space is limited and faculty participation will be prioritized.
Q: Who Can Benefit from Peer Observations?
A: Everyone from first year instructors to long experienced full professors, and of
course, ultimately the students.
Q: Who qualifies as a peer?
A: A full-time Tulane faculty member outside of one’s home department and ideally from a different school.
Q: What qualifications does the Peer Observer possess?
A: Each of CELT’s Peer Observers are thoroughly trained, have been observed themselves, and have conducted multiple observations.
Q: Is the outcome of the process confidential?
A: Yes! The information passed between professor and Peer Observer will remain
strictly confidential. Only the professor will receive the final report, both in hard and
Sign up here to work with a Peer Observer in your classroom.
CELT offers one-on-one consultations with either Toni Weiss or Liv Newman. Toni has worked at CELT since 2011 and has almost over 30 years of experience in the classroom. Dr. Liv Newman has over a decade of teaching experience and led the Center for Faculty Innovation at Loyola University for six years. These consultations are meant to provide you and/or your colleagues the opportunity to confidentially discuss concerns, questions, or ideas about your teaching career in and beyond the classroom. To schedule a one-on-one consultation please email Toni Weiss or Liv Newman.
CELT offers a growing library of teaching guides. If you would like CELT to make a guide on a certain subject please email your idea to firstname.lastname@example.org.
CELT has an ever growing Lending Library filled with books on diverse topics all relevant to teaching - pedagogy, classroom management, assessment techniques, mentoring undergraduates, the science of learning, etc. Please stop into 310 Richardson building if you would like to check a book out.
If you would like to suggest an additional acquisition, email CELT.
Tulane Academic Alert System: If you are concerned about a student for academic reasons and want to let Tulane know, you may report your concerns through the online Academic Alert System.
Tulane Concerns: Non-academic concerns should be filed through Tulane Concerns.
Code of Student Conduct: This Student Guide includes the most frequently referenced policies related to student misconduct and is update every summer.
Student Code of Academic Conduct: This Code applies to all undergraduate students, full-time and part-time, in Tulane University. The Mississippi campuses of the School of Continuing Studies will use this Code but will constitute their own Honor Board panels for those campuses.