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CTLE Professional Development Workshop: Facilitating Collaborative Learning

Date: 20 October 2021

Time: 10:30AM – 12:00PM

Held online via ZOOM



Description: Well-designed group work provides students a sense of shared purpose that can improve morale, increase motivation, and deepen learning. In this interactive workshop, participant will consider a range of strategies and support resources for forming effective groups, helping students to manage their own group processes, and avoiding common group work frustrations.


Dr. Robert Vanderlan, Senior Associate Director in the Center for Teaching Innovation at Cornell University

(Dr. Robert Vanderlan is a senior associate director in the Center for Teaching Innovation, leading a team that offers instructional design expertise and support to faculty using a range of learning technology tools. In addition to ten years supporting faculty teaching development, Rob has been an instructional designer for a wide range of online and blended courses. He is also a historian and the author of “Intellectuals Incorporated: Politics, Art, and Ideas Inside Henry Luce’s Media Empire.” Rob graduated from Cornell with a bachelor’s degree in government, holds a master’s degree in political science from the University of Michigan and a doctorate in U.S. history from the University of Rochester. )


Ms. Rachel Gunderson, Instructional Designer at the Center for Teaching Innovation at Cornell University

(Rachel Gunderson is an instructional designer at the Center for Teaching Innovation at Cornell University. She is devoted to supporting Instructors in building community and belonging in their courses and creating engaging experiences through collaboration and active learning. Her previous hybrid teaching experience as an instructor at Wells and Ithaca Colleges has led to her design position at eCornell where she created fully online courses for professional learners around the world. Rachel holds master and bachelor of science degrees in health education from Ithaca College and a graduate certificate in instructional systems technology from Indiana University.)





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