Faculty Discuss New Learning Opportunities for Students




The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences annually organizes teaching workshops to provide new ideas for faculty members to enhance the learning experiences of students as they prepare to become leaders in society.


Excellence in teaching is a high priority for Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences to prepare graduates for leading and contributing to society. Before coming to Cornell, new faculty members generally have no formal training in teaching. More experienced faculty need to be updated on new ideas for providing various learning experiences to students of diverse backgrounds and learning styles. After several years of teaching, enthusiasm sometimes can diminish.


In 2016 the CALS Office of Academic Programs and the Cornell Center for Teaching Excellence organized the 29th annual CALS Teaching Experience. This two-day workshop provided faculty with opportunities for discussing new ideas for learning and teaching. Faculty members from several colleges actively discussed course planning and design, student identity and inclusive teaching, determining what students bring to class, and rethinking assessment.


Participants have acknowledged that these workshops have increased their enthusiasm for teaching. It also has provided many new ideas for instructors to enhance the learning experiences for their students. Participants learned how to provide more active learning experiences for students, which results in better comprehension and memory of course material. Participants also learn about resources that further enhance their teaching beyond the workshops. Past participants have commented that they have implemented new ideas from the workshops into their courses. Students are the ultimate beneficiaries of the enhanced learning experiences that better prepare them for society when they graduate. The entire global society benefits from Cornell students who contribute toward a better quality life.

Submitted by: 

  • Viands, Donald R

Researchers involved: 

  • Viands, Donald R
  • Wysocki, Mark W
  • Way, David
  • Godert, Amy

International focus: 

  • United States of America

United States focus: 

  • New York