Programs at the Center for Teaching and Learning:​

The Center for Teaching and Learning’s programming supports Pratt faculty in examining their pedagogical practices and course design within supportive learning communities and groups.   Topics include exploring the use of educational technology in online, hybrid and in person teaching modalities, strengthening inclusion and equity initiatives by promoting flexibility, empathy, and kindness. The CTL programming ranges from yearly events and forums, to semester-long ongoing programs and series, as well as one-off presentations and workshops where the focus varies by semester. The CTL is committed to promoting and modeling inclusive pedagogy and community-based learning through the structure and content of our workshops and events. We intend to create spaces for cross-disciplinary collaborations and to support the work of all Pratt faculty. 

We offer opportunities for stipended participation for part-time faculty. Click here to view the calendar

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Featured Programs

Faculty Learning Communities (FLC): Multidisciplinary research collaboratives with a strong commitment to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), lasting two semesters.

CTL Faculty Fellows: The Faculty Fellows advance pedagogical practices for Pratt faculty, and especially in alignment with the specific needs of each School. This is a year-long commitment, with the ultimate goal of creating school or department based communities of learning, as well as advancing cross-disciplinary institute-wide strategies to improve classroom and studio practices and inclusive pedagogies.

Fall Forum

The Fall Forum takes place annually and includes dozens of faculty presentations, panels, workshops, and discussions around the years’ unifying theme. Past forum themes include Pedagogies of Reparation and Rebuilding, Teaching with Canvas, Frameworks for Equity and Inclusion, and Provocations, Proposals and Possibilities.

Click the links below to learn more, and stay tuned for announcements about future events!

Ongoing Programs

Deep Dive Community: Intensive mini-learning communities to deep dive into specific topics in support of our commitment to all of Pratt’s pillars, but with a specific focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion. These communities typically meet 3-4 times over the course of a month to explore a particular topic in depth and collaborate to generate and answer questions.

Summer Institute: The CTL Summer Playground Institute is an annual program that takes place after the conclusion of the spring semester.   The series is playful by definition, and offers an opportunity for faculty to address concrete pedagogical questions and techniques in an interdisciplinary community. Past topics include the Resilient Teaching Online (2020), The Playground Institute: Online Teaching Strategies (2021) and the upcoming Summer Institute: Critique as Playground (2022).

Coffee Chats: Weekly Coffee Chats are informal virtual get-togethers over coffee (or tea) to chat with peers and colleagues.  Meet new friends or connect with old ones across departments and disciplines.  These are not technical help-sessions, but we welcome all faculty questions, comments, concerns in addition to a warm, friendly conversation. No RSVP needed, just drop in anytime.

Faculty Spotlights: Join us for this online faculty-led series where colleagues highlight a certain classroom practice, use of a technological platform, pedagogical approach, or research on classroom/studio practice they’ve found invaluable and especially relevant for cross-departmental sharing.

Supporting Faculty: The Center for Teaching and Learning in collaboration with the Office of the Provost hosts a series of virtual meetings at the start of each semester to introduce how various offices and support services can help new and continuing faculty.

Technical Training Sessions: While much of our programming is pedagogically focused, we also offer technical training sessions throughout each semester, often about learning technologies. These sessions include in depth step-by-step training and time for Q&A, supplementing our online training resources.

Writing in Community: Writing in Community (WIC) events provide focused time and space for our community to write together in parallel, with the added benefit of shared accountability. Join us in communal quiet work time, or writing circles and workshops this semester.


Past Projects:

Brown Bag Research

Pratt/VACI Fellowship in Pedagogy

Interactive Conversations

ePortfolio Project

Upcoming Events:

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