All CATLR programs and services are grounded in the learning science research literature, with the premise that effective teaching and learning practice is both informed by, and has the capacity to contribute to, this rapidly growing field of knowledge. CATLR can provide support in a variety of ways.
CATLR team members actively conduct and publish research, and welcome the opportunity to partner and collaborate with colleagues across the institution. We also encourage educators to adopt a spirit of inquiry in their own teaching and to conduct Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) work in their own classes and programs.
CATLR supports research and the grant application process around a wide variety of themes related to innovative teaching, learning, and curricular and programming approaches–particularly in regard to experiential learning. We also house expertise in assessment and evaluation and can consult on grant evaluation plans.
CATLR team members maintain active research profiles, and we seek to partner across the disciplines to examine the impact, role and interaction of teaching approaches and learning environments, as well as to understand the value of various forms of educational development for educators in a variety of roles. We welcome the opportunity to partner with faculty, departments and units seeking a collaborative relationship for grants or research programs in which CATLR plays an active and central role. As soon as an idea emerges, please reach out so that we can develop proposals together and lay the foundation for an effective and productive relationship.
Members of the Northeastern community interested in becoming familiar with the literature on teaching and learning to inform their professional practice and define areas of interest for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) research are encouraged to apply to CATLR’s year-long Teaching Inquiry Fellows program. We encourage those who are ready to conduct their own project to apply to the 18-month Faculty Scholars program. Additional cohort programs form to help faculty design and implement particular types of learning structures (i.e., service learning, online courses, students as partners) that may lead to SoTL research. Consultations are also available to support all of these topics.
CATLR is available to consult with educators during any stage of research, from the envisioning stage to the grant application process to providing feedback on publication drafts. Consultations may focus on how to approach and design an educational research project in your learning environment or program, connect with an education grant funder’s mission and goals or improve the broader impacts plan of a larger grant program.