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Active Learning Initiative awards 5 new grants

The Active Learning Initiative has announced its Phase IV grants. The winning proposals, from Classics, Government, History, the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and the Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering, included collaborations that extend across Cornell.
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Course art exhibition teaches expression about social justice

The exhibition helped students connect more personally with migration issues and share alternative stories of social justice and migration.
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Reshaping student experiences through new innovations in teaching

This fall, a new group of Innovative Teaching and Learning Award winners are beginning work on projects to enhance student learning environments across Cornell.
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Community of practice explores digital storytelling in the classroom

This fall, the Center for Teaching Innovation (CTI) is coordinating a community of practice featuring workshops led by faculty to explore digital storytelling methods
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Classics active learning course explores differences in ways of writing

A classics course provided students with a hands-on understanding of the processes behind writing and writing systems in all parts of the world
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Vida Maralani/Provided Doug McKee, senior lecturer in economics, teaches his Applied Econometrics class via Zoom.


In pandemic, students with tech-savvy teachers fared better

“It is the courses that have intentional, structured peer interaction that have the least loss in learning."
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Event highlights strategies for online teaching

As instructors and students are still adjusting to the online format imposed on them at the outbreak of the pandemic a year ago, the Cornell Online Learning Community asked speakers and participants at its 7th annual event, “What Works and What’s Next in online teaching and learning?” Over 100 participants gathered virtually on March 9 to look back on a year of online teaching to understand successful strategies to adapt as they continue developing this relatively new learning space.
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Doctoral students collaborate on active learning for life sciences

“The authors have produced a genuinely useful tool...of value for evolutionary teaching at Cornell and beyond.”
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Active learning helps math department boost academic success

Students liked being able to talk over the work with their peers, saying they felt less afraid of making mistakes.
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New study informing efforts to improve STEM retention

Knowing what to study and having the necessary skills to succeed are students’ main course-related concerns early in introductory STEM classes, according to a new study co-led by Cornell researchers – findings that Cornell faculty are now working to address.

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Teaching assistant award winners champion inclusivity

Doctoral students Sri Lakshmi Sravani Devarakonda and Cheyenne Peltier have been named winners of the 2019-20 Cornelia Ye Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award.

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Cornelia Ye award winners engage students with interdisciplinary teaching

Grobe, a PhD student in English language and literatures, takes an interdisciplinary approach to teaching spurred by his research focusing on documentary poetry and film.