Center for Teaching Excellence




Center for Teaching Excellence Workshops

Designed to help faculty with planning and thinking creatively about teaching

  • To register, please e-mail the Center with your request. ( If you have any questions about the workshops in general or particular workshops that interest you, please contact us.

CTE workshops are not lectures, so come prepared to work on issues in your own teaching, reflect on your teaching goals, and get some practical takeaways that you can apply in your courses. Here is your slate of teaching workshops to help you build and maintain momentum in your teaching this semester!



Workshops for Fall 2017

Finding the Meaning in the COS

Thursday, August 31st, 12:00-1:15

Location: ACC Meeting Room #1

This is a workshop on how to interpret and respond to course opinion surveys. The purpose of this workshop is to give you the tools to understand the elements of the student surveys that are most relevant to efficacy in teaching and suggestions on how to address those elements in a productive way and sustained way.

Delivering Course Design

Wednesday, September 6th, 10:00-11:15

Location: ACC Meeting Room #1

Your syllabus is written, your texts are in, you know your material. You’ve done this before. SO why not start thinking about how to improve the delivery of your content? It’s bad practice (and bad manners) to change course requirements during the semester, but there is nothing wrong with adapting to the various factors that affect your students’ learning and your teaching as you are working your way through the course. The purpose of this workshop is to give you tools for effective improvement of teaching techniques throughout the semester.

Teaching 101 at Plattsburgh

Thursday, September 14th, 12:30-1:45

Location: Feinberg Library 213

Whether you have been teaching for many years or a few, it is always helpful to have an opportunity to review the fundamental best practices of excellent teaching. In this workshop we will review the established best practices in course design, assessment, lecturing, classroom management, teaching persona, and use of multimedia and presentation software. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own techniques to offer to a collaborative discussion.

Teaching Online

Tuesday, September 19th, 2:00-3:15

Location: Feinberg Library 213

The nuts and bolts of online teaching and good pedogogy for that medium.

Making the Most of Moodle

Tuesday, September 26th, 12:30-1:45

Location: Feinberg Library 213

While it is perfectly acceptable to use Moodle in a basic formatting fashion, don't you swish your sites had some personality and style?  If you consider your course site to be an extension of your own teaching and classroom, why not make it as inviting and accessible as possible?  In this work shop I will show you how to make your Moodle course as efficient as possible and give it a shine that welcomes your students to the process of learning outside of the classroom.

Wise Test-Making: Creating Better Objective Tests

Wednesday, September 27th, 12:00-1:15

Location: ACC Meeting Room #1

Students are taught tips for test-taking. It is rare, though, for faculty to freshen skills in test-making. Do students chronically complain about your tests? Do your objective style tests often yield undesirous results? Part of it can be chalked up to student unpreparedness, but there are things we can all do to improve the performance of individual questions and consequently the usefulness of the test overall as a learning tool. Whether you are a novice teacher or experienced, this workshop led by Elizabeth Bernat will introduce you to guiding concepts of measurement validity and reliability, question design tips, and how to use item analyses to modify the test for future semesters.

What Your Students Want to Tell You – SCTE Collaboration

October (Specifics to be determined)

Faculty Self-Care: An Essential Part of Effective Teaching and Learning

Wednesday, October 4th, 2:00-3:15 & Thursday, November 9th, 12:00-1:15

Location: ACC Meeting Room #2 for both dates

Let’s face it: teaching is hard, tiring work. Even when you find teaching professionally and personally rewarding, you will face educator enervation at some point—burnout, fatigue, disillusionment, and what Maryellen Weimer terms the resultant “tired teaching.” This workshop, led by Jessamyn Neuhaus, will address the most prevalent reasons college instructors become exhausted, the negative impact this has on teaching and learning, and how self-care strategies can mitigate burnout and revitalize your pedagogical practices.


Contact Information

For general inquiries about the Center for Teaching Excellence, please contact:

The Center for Teaching Excellence
SUNY Plattsburgh
301 Feinberg Library, Plattsburgh, NY 12901
Phone: (518) 564-3043
Fax: (518) 564-5100