The CTLE grounds its services in evidence-based practices. These include, but are not limited to the following: individual consultations; classroom observations and feedback sessions; syllabus reviews; the development of college, school, and department-specific workshops; assistance in reviewing and responding to student feedback; and knowledge co-creation related to general and specific teaching questions.

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CTLE Faculty Conversation Series: Teaching & Learning in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

Session 1: Wednesday, February 22: noon to 1:00 p.m.
(Lunch served – please register by February 20)

  • Gina Luttrell – Public Relations
  • Jing Lei – Instructional Design
  • Yasir Ahmed – Biology
  • Zeke Leonard – School of Design

Session 2: Monday, March 6: 4:00-5:00 p.m. (Snacks served)

  • RC Concepcion – Visual Communications
  • Yves Michel – Industrial and Interaction Design
  • Roy Gutterman – Tully Center for Free Speech
  • Denis Samburskiy – Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics

Session 3: Tuesday, April 11: 4:00-5:00 p.m. (Snacks served)

  • Ivan Pechenezhskiy – Physics
  • Dan Pacheco – Journalism Innovation
  • Chris Forster – English
  • Crystal Bartolovich – English
  • Garrett Katz – Artificial Intelligence/Computer Science

Each hour-long session will feature an informal panel of faculty from different disciplines. Panel members will briefly describe specific ways they adapted or adjusted one of their courses this semester in response to ChatGPT – and how students responded. The remainder of the hour will be devoted to conversation among all faculty and instructors in attendance.

All sessions will take place in person in the Center for Teaching Learning Excellence (CTLE) in room 550 on the fifth floor of Bird Library.

Register here to participate.


Focus on Teaching and Learning
🔥 Spark Up Your Syllabus Series

This series is a collaborative effort with Institutional Effectiveness and aims to build your skills and knowledge while engaging in conversation and discussion with colleagues. Connect your work with the workshop topic and leave with concrete ideas for incorporating it into your classroom experience.

While attending all three sessions is encouraged, each session can be attended as a stand alone as well. Sessions will be held via Zoom from 12:00-1:30 p.m. 

Session 1 – Telling the Story of Your Course:
How and Why to Communicate the Design of a Course to Students

Session 2 – Setting the Stage:
Making the Story Better with Course Learning Objectives

  • Friday, March 24

Session 3 – The Plot Thickens:
Spark Student Engagement in Course Activities and Assignments

  • Friday, April 14

To register or for more information visit the CTLE events page.


Teaching and Learning in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

Like many around campus, we in the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence (CTLE) and the Center for Learning and Student Success (CLASS) have been following the launch of ChatGPT and related artificial intelligence (AI) technologies with both interest and trepidation.

AI creates new academic integrity challenges. Yet the outpouring of creative ideas we have heard from many of you also illustrate opportunities for engaging students in exploring the limits of artificial intelligence and the value of learning objectives and assessments in your courses. And ChatGPT is spurring development of new, albeit largely untested tools for verifying the origins of student work.

CTLE and CLASS Tips and Strategies for Faculty and Instructors: What We Know about ChatGPT and Options for Responding” was developed in response to queries and suggestions sent to us from the university community.

We will continue to develop resources for responding to artificial intelligence technologies over the course of this semester. We also plan to offer related programming. Updates will be posted to the CTLE website.

If you have concerns about academic integrity, please contact aio@syr.edu, the academic integrity office within CLASS. Individual course consultation is also available for faculty and instructors via the CTLE request form.


Options for Responding to High Levels of COVID-Related and Other Absenteeism

Some faculty are experiencing high levels of absenteeism directly or indirectly related to COVID. Flu season may also reduce class attendance, and faculty continue to recount high levels of student mental health concerns that affect coursework and attendance. Options for Responding to High Levels of COVID-Related and Other Absenteeism provides some ideas for responding to five absenteeism scenarios and answers to Frequently Asked Questions that take into account course-specific learning objectives and attendance policies.

As always, if you are facing different challenges or would like additional support, please email CTLE@syr.edu to request an individual consultation. We recognize the tremendous, ongoing challenges of teaching in this time and appreciate the comments, questions, and suggestions we have heard from faculty so far this semester. Please continue to let us know how we can support you.


Teaching Resources

These teaching resources are available 24/7.


Partnership for Inclusive Education (PIE)

The Partnership for Inclusive Education (PIE) pairs faculty and students for a semester-long exchange of perspectives on teaching and learning in a particular course. Faculty reflect on their teaching goals and strategies in conversation with a student not enrolled in their course. We welcome new and returning faculty partners and student consultants each semester. For more information visit the CTLE services page.


Miss any of these sessions? Check out the recordings linked below.

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